First Advisor

Stacy Chamberlin


Lynetta Mier


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


The author comments on current Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines on the regulation of herbal supplements and compares them to international guidelines. They elucidate on how gaps in these regulations can be detrimental to the health of patients and uses this as a platform to introduce an extensive guide denoting the major biochemical changes occurring antepartum and postpartum as an explanation for symptoms often experienced during pregnancy. They then use this as a background to detail the mechanism of the active ingredients in these supplements and comment on the effectiveness of the relating FDA regulations. The author hopes that this thesis will help raise awareness about common herbal supplements and serve as a resource grounded in scientific facts for women looking into alternative medicine during pregnancy.

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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