Pregnancy and drugs : the views and knowledge of pregnant mothers (1980)
Thirty pregnant mothers and four medical doctors were interviewed to determine their views about drug usage during pregnancy and their knowledge of possible harmful intra-uterine effects. In this study drugs include alcohol, cigarettes and pharmacological agents. A content analysis was performed on the information obtained from all the subjects. It showed quite definite trends in views amongst the pregnant mothers. These trends and other aspects of the results are discussed with reference to the relevant literature. The main conclusions are that there exists a distinct gap between the knowle.dge pr.egnant mothers have about harmful intra-uterine effects and current medical and scientific opinion. Further, within the three drug areas explored, least is known by pregnant mothers about the harmful effects of alcohol on the foetus.
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