Morning Sickness Remedies that Work

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Facts about Treating Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Many women suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy. Learn the newest and most effective ways to treat morning sickness.

The majority of mothers suffer from some degree of morning sickness. Treating this common pregnancy ailment in the first trimester is complex. What is known about morning sickness is that it is seen as a good sign that the pregnancy is on track. However, that knowledge is not very reassuring for the mother who is desperate to find help for her symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP). If that describes you, then you will be interested to learn the best and most effective remedies for morning sickness.

Acupuncture is More Effective than Herbs or Medication for Morning Sickness

Studies show that acupuncture is one of the best forms of treatment for morning sickness. In fact, one study showed that it was 97% effective in treating the most severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

If you are interested in exploring acupuncture as a remedy for morning sickness, be sure to ask prior to making an appointment if the acupuncturist is knowledgeable about specific ways to use acupuncture as treatment for morning sickness.

Motion Sickness/Relief Wrist Bands Effectively Treat Morning Sickness

Another way to get continuous acupressure on some of the most common points used to relieve nausea is by using motion sickness bands. Wrist bands have been known to be an effective remedy for even the mothers with severe nausea or hyperemesis. Many of these bands are battery-operated and provide stimulation throughout the day on the same pressure points to help reduce nausea and vomiting. Wrist bands generally cost about $130 and can be purchased online.

It is important to seek out the advice of a care provider or acupuncturist for instructions on the use of electronic wrist bands to provide relief for NVP for proper use.

Discontinuing Use of Prenatal Vitamins with Iron Reduces Morning Sickness

While prenatal vitamins are an important part of any pregnancy diet, some of the brands containing iron are often problematic in causing, or contributing to, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Mothers suffering from NVP in their first trimester should discuss other alternatives for prenatal vitamins with iron with their care provider.

One study showed that when mothers stopped taking their prenatal vitamins with iron, two thirds of them experienced some relief from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Some alternatives for traditional oral prenatal vitamins include liquid prenatal vitamins, adult multivitamins or even children’s chewable vitamins.

Vitamin B6 May Not be an Effective Remedy for Severe Morning Sickness

There has been a long-held belief that adding a vitamin B6 supplement to the pregnancy diet or eating foods rich in vitamin B6 is effective to reduce morning sickness. However, one small study has found that taking a vitamin B6 supplement did not make any difference for mothers with hyperemesis gravidarum in terms of how much nausea or vomiting they were experiencing or in how often they were re-admitted to the hospital.

While vitamin B6 might be a help for mothers with mild nausea symptoms, the jury is still out if it is remedy that works for mothers with severe NVP.

Reglan is Safe as a Remedy for Morning Sickness but is it Effective?

A new medication on the horizon to treat morning sickness is known as metoclopramide. Metoclopramide is used in many parts of the world as a treatment for heartburn, reflux and gastrointestinal problems and is known more commonly by its brand name Reglan,

Reglan has been found to be a safe morning sickness remedy to use in the first trimester of pregnancy. While researchers in Israel have discovered that Reglan is safe to use in pregnancy, it is not known if it is as effective as other treatments for morning sickness.

One thing is known about morning sickness: It is complex. What works for one woman may not be an effective remedy for another. Fortunately, research is telling expectant mothers more all the time about effective and safe ways to treat morning sickness.

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