Safe Medications for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
What Medications Can I Take for Morning Sickness?
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.
Learning which Medications are Safe to Take During 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 to the left 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 though 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 fourteenth 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.
How to Stop Morning Sickness Nausea
Morning Sickness Relief
Eat crackers or dry toast 30 mins. before getting up in the morning.
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.
When will Morning Sickness Stop?
Most pregnant women will find relief from morning sickness around 14 weeks, right at the beginning of the second trimester. Others may not find relief until the 18th week, a month after the second trimester begins. 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.
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