BELIEFS AND PRACTICES REGARDING HOME REMEDIES FOR MINOR DISORDERS DURING PREGNANCY AMONG ANTENATAL MOTHERS: A NARRATIVE REVIEW

Ms. Shivani Chaudhary, Mrs. M. Hemalatha

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Introduction: Indian culture has a long history in traditional health practices and home remedies (Grandma’s medicines) for treating many conditions. Today varieties of natural home remedies are used to treat minor conditions and some severe illnesses. Despite of modern medicines most of the people still using home remedies in mother and child care. Objectives: To assess the beliefs & practices regarding home remedies for minor disorders during pregnancy among antenatal mothers. Methodology: Pub Med, Medline, EBSCO were searched for research articles in knowledge and practices regarding home remedies for minor disorders during pregnancy among antenatal mothers. Result:  Out of seven articles, three studies showing  average level of knowledge, two studies showing  poor level of knowledge and two studies shows good level of knowledge on minor ailments and its home remedies. One study showing that women were practicing home care for treating  minor ailments. 2 study articles shows the self management practices of pregnant women on minor disorders during pregnancy was very poor. Conclusion: Majority of the studies highlighted that the practices of home remedies on minor ailments during pregnancy were very low. Overall the review suggested that teaching  the  antenatal women  about  the minor ailments and their home remedy  as a part of antenatal care during antenatal visits aid the mother to  treat  minor ailments  at home and continue their  pregnancy without  having any major effects.Beliefs, Practices, Home Remedies, Minor Disorders, Pregnancy and Antenatal Mothers.


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Beliefs, Practices, Home Remedies, Minor Disorders, Pregnancy and Antenatal Mothers.

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