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OTC Remedies for Morning Sickness

Updated on May 6, 2011

No Rx Needed

 My niece, let's call her Kelly, has been having so much nausea and vomitting with her first months of pregnancy that she lost 9 pounds. She should be gaining, not losing.

I consulted the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health for suggestions to help Kelly. It seems that ginger, 125 to 250mg four times a day, or one cup of pre-packaged ginger tea four times a day can help. This dose was safe in small studies. Larger studies are needed to conclude that ginger is 100% safe for the fetus.

The antihistamines diphenhydramine (Benedryl) and doxylamine (Unisom) are effective and proven safe. The downside is the well-known side effect of drowsiness. Kelly can take these if she has a day off and doesn't need to drive.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps the nausea more than the vomitting. The best dose is not known. One possible dose to try is 25mg three times per day. Like ginger, this dose was safe in small studies, but larger studies are needed to make sure there is not a small risk of harm to the fetus.

Consult your doctor for risks and benefits of these treatments specific to your situation.

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      breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      I always recommend ginger tea & ginger capsules to my pregger friends, as well as a whole foods extraction (not chemically made) vitamin B complex. I usually encourage expecting friends to drink plenty of lemon water, which flushes toxins and reduces water retention.

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      I'd be interested to know where you learned of ginger and B6. You have a good source. That said, I'm sure "chemically made" B6 works, because that's what was studied and shown effective. I'm going to research lemon and water retention and get back to you. Drinking plain water reduces water retention by flushing out salt, so I'm sure lemon water does, too.

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      Research done. According to the scientific medical literature, the purpose of the lemon is to make the water taste better if you don't like plain water.

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