Feature articlesHerb Usein Pregnancy: What Nurses Should KnowBorn, Diane MSN, WHNP, CHTP; Barron, Mary Lee MSN, RN, BC, FNPAuthor Information Diane Born is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, private practice, and Adjunct Clinical Faculty, University of Missouri, St. Louis. She can be reached at www.dianeborn.com. Mary Lee Barron is an Assistant Professor of Nursing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. The authors have no conflict of interest. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May-June 2005 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 201-206 Buy Take the CE Test AbstractIn Brief During the last decade, there has been a dramatic rise in the availability and use of medicinal herbal preparations. Childbearing women are among those who are asking nurses about herbal use, and therefore nurses need to learn more about this topic. One of the most important points to understand is that in the United States herbs are classified as dietary supplements (not drugs), and manufacturers are therefore not required to provide proof of efficacy or safety before selling these substances. Few studies about effects of herbs have been conducted in the general population, and fewer still have been published about pregnancy use. Because the perinatal nurse has two patients to consider when caring for a pregnant woman, he or she has two equally important mandates: to help the mother without harming the fetus. This article provides an overview of key concepts underlying herbal use in general and also safety in pregnancy. Common herbs that can be safely be used in pregnancy are presented in detail to enable the nurse to better care for the pregnant woman who is considering herbal use. Are your patients asking you about which herbs they can use? This article can clear up some confusion about herbal use in pregnancy. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.