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Safe Medications for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

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Marissa is the writer of "ThePracticalMommy" and owner of Mommy Knows What's Best. She's a former teacher and a stay-at-home mom to four.

Not sure what medications are safe to use for morning sickness during pregnancy? All of these are safe for pregnancy.

Not sure what medications are safe to use for morning sickness during pregnancy? All of these are safe for pregnancy.

Morning Sickness Medicine

If there's one thing during pregnancy that most women want to avoid, it's the dreaded morning sickness. It is something that is very disruptive to your life and your health, causing you to seek relief wherever you can find it, even if it means taking medication.

Cheer up! Here you will find some of the usual remedies along with medications that are considered safe during pregnancy. These remedies or medications can relieve your symptoms and in some cases, completely stop them.

Note: I am not a medical professional—I'm just a woman such as yourself who has done research for relief from this condition during my pregnancies. Please seek the advice of your health care provider before trying any of these medications.

Medication Categories for Pregnancy

Medications are placed into a few different categories according to how safe they are to use while pregnant:

  • Class A: Studies have shown no risk to the pregnancy or baby.
  • Class B: No evidence of risk found during pregnancy.
  • Class C: There may be some risk. Should only be taken if absolutely necessary as deemed by a medical professional.
  • Class D: There is evidence of risk. Should only be used when no other solutions exist.
  • Class X: Should not be used during pregnancy.
  • Class N: There's no rating, but there shouldn't be any risk during pregnancy.

Most of the medications listed below are Class B. If you are concerned about any medication you take, speak with your doctor.

Which Medications to Take

If your morning sickness is keeping you from getting through the day, it might be useful to take a medication to help alleviate or stop the symptoms. This may be especially true for you if you are working through your first trimester or are taking care of other children who need your attention.

There are a few safe over-the-counter and prescription solutions you can go to for morning sickness relief:

  • Premesis: a prescription prenatal vitamin that contains slightly higher levels of vitamins B-6, B-12, and calcium.
  • Combination of 12.5 mg doxylamine and 10mg pyridoxine: over-the-counter supplements that can be taken during pregnancy (doxylamine can be found as Unisom Sleep Tabs and can make you drowsy; pyridoxine is commonly known as vitamin B6).
  • Sea-Bands: Elastic bands worn on the wrists that can relieve nausea by putting pressure on acupressure points, often found in drug stores.
  • Emetrol: Nausea medication available over the counter, considered safe for pregnancy.
  • Zofran: prescription medication mostly used for nausea experienced by chemotherapy patients (may be expensive and may not be covered by insurance).
  • Phenergan: a prescription antihistamine to reduce nausea.
  • Dimenhydrinate: an over-the-counter medication commonly known as Dramamine that helps with nausea (original Dramamine, NOT less-drowsy).
  • Zantac or Pepcid AC: these medications work for pregnant women who experience nausea and vomiting due to gastrointestinal distress.

Note: Please contact your health care provider before trying any of these! While these are considered safe during pregnancy, they may not be safe in your unique condition.

Is Diclegis Safe?

You may have heard of Diclegis in the news thanks to a pregnant celebrity. Many people are asking if Diclegis is safe to take for morning sickness.

It is indeed safe, although there are side effects to be aware of, like extreme drowsiness, which may impair driving abilities. Discuss this with your doctor if you aren't sure.

What Is Morning Sickness?

It is the wrongly named ailment experienced by 75% of all pregnant women. It is a mix of nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Unlike its name suggests, it may strike at any time, morning, noon, and night, or it may persist all day long.

As your gestation progresses, especially in the first few weeks, your body produces and circulates much more of the pregnancy hormones that your body may not be used to. It is thought that this increase of hormones is what causes morning sickness.

Morning sickness ranges from very mild cases of occasional dizziness and nausea to extreme cases of vomiting. Extreme cases can lead to a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum which occurs when you lose too much weight and body fluids. This condition can lead to hospitalization.

Believe it or not, morning sickness is thought to be a good thing by the medical community. It means that your hormones are kicking up as they should to support a healthy gestation.

You may or may not experience the nauseating sensation and still have a great pregnancy. From personal experience, I had no morning sickness during my first pregnancy and I was healthy. For my other three, I was sick nearly all day long and still had healthy pregnancies.

How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

The condition usually begins around the sixth week of pregnancy and lasts until about the 14th week, when the second trimester begins. For some lucky pregnant women, it only lasts a few weeks and may be mild. For others, it may begin before the sixth week and last much longer than the second trimester.

Few women, unfortunately, will have the symptoms for all nine months of pregnancy. Keep your chin up! All this trouble you're going through now will be over soon. Try some of these remedies and consult with your health care provider if you'd like to try the medications.

How to Stop Morning Sickness Nausea

One medicinal solution to morning sickness and nausea is a mix of Unisom and Vitamin B6.

One medicinal solution to morning sickness and nausea is a mix of Unisom and Vitamin B6.

Other Options

While these remedies for morning sickness won't make it completely go away, they can minimize nausea and vomiting.

Morning Sickness Relief:

  • Eat crackers or dry toast 30 minutes before getting up in the morning
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat smaller meals throughout the day
  • Don't let your stomach get empty
  • Avoid odors to which you are sensitive
  • Get outside for fresh air
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat foods that are easy to digest and low in fat
  • Take it slow
  • Minimize stress and stressors
  • Use fresh ginger or lemons in foods and drinks

Sea Bands for Morning Sickness

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can a pregnant woman take Dramamine for motion sickness?

Answer: When I was pregnant, my doctor gave me the go-ahead to use Dramamine for my morning sickness. I highly suggest you speak to your doctor before taking anything.

© 2012 Marissa


Marissa (author) from United States on October 10, 2017:

Amber, I haven't found any indication that this is the case. I did find this, published earlier this year, which says it poses no known risks:

Amber on October 06, 2017:

You need to update this zofran is no longer deemed safe for pregnancy.

sehrimalik2 on September 21, 2016:

To alleviate my nausea/morning sickness, I have successfully used No to morning sickness tea. It's an herbal supplement with no preservatives at all and a decaf tea which works quickly and is safe for baby and mom both.

Marissa (author) from United States on August 27, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, that must have been terrible for you! So sorry that you had to endure morning sickness for that long! I've only ever had morning sickness for the first trimester, so I could never imagine what it would have been like for nine whole months. Thanks so much for sharing your story and for reading!

Marissa (author) from United States on August 27, 2012:

TToombs08, I'm glad you found this helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Claudia Porter on August 27, 2012:

Sadly I tried a number of these and nothing worked for me. I was one of the unlucky ones who was sick for 9 months. It did ease up a bit in the 5th month and for the last 4 months I was able to get out more without worrying that I would throw up somewhere. I still got sick, but only a couple of times a day. The first 5 months were horrible and really debilitating. Unless someone has experienced it first hand they don't know how tough it can be. On the other hand, I know many people who were not sick at all and had easy pregnancies.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 25, 2012:

Good and very helpful hub. I could have used this information with both of my sons. I did use the crackers next to the bed and that really helped. Voted up and more. :)