New Ways to Treat Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness is an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy that millions of women have experienced, but that you do not hear about all too often. Thanks to Duchess Kate Middleton, it has been experiencing a renaissance in the news after the newly pregnant royal was hospitalized for the condition, medically called hyperemesis gravidarum. There is hope in store for future mothers-to-be. New research is being completed on the existing anti-seizure and anti-pain drug, gabapentin for its effectiveness at treating morning sickness. In the limited studies that were previously completed, it showed 90% reduction in nausea and 80% reduction in vomiting after two-weeks. However, obstetricians and gynecologists will need more proof of its safety before feeling comfortable prescribing it to pregnant women. However, they can recommend more traditional measures for preventing the sickness.

Add vitamin B6 to your regimen of prenatal vitamins to prevent nausea and vomiting. With your doctor’s approval, most women should take 10-25 mg three times a day for optimal effectiveness. Drink more fluids. This is important to prevent dehydration that can, in turn, create more nausea. Eating many small meals of mild foods like whole wheat bagels and apple slices throughout the day can curb morning sickness more than noshing less in larger portions. Sleep with shoulders and head elevated, and keep dry crackers near bed to help settle your stomach before moving in the morning. Avoid eating spicy and acidic foods no matter what pickle and hot sauce cravings strike. Then finally, keep peppermints handy to calm your stomach, and help mask strong scents that might induce nausea.

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