Doctors Think These 10 Methods Could Treat Morning Sickness

Finally, some options for relief.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Oct 2016
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Despite affecting almost every single pregnant woman (about 85 percent), morning sickness is still a mystery to the medical community. What causes it? Possibly hormonal changes. Why does it happen? It might be a sign of viable placental tissue. How do you cure it? Finally, some answers. After looking at various studies, the American Medical Association came up with 10 treatment options that may offer some relief.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2016, break treatment options for pregnancy nausea and vomiting into three categories: dietary changes, over-the-counter remedies and prescription medications.

Dietary changes:

  1. Eat bland foods high in carbs and protein
  2. Avoid foods with strong flavors or odors
  3. Eat small, frequent meals

If none of these remedies reduce your symptoms, JAMA suggests an over-the-counter approach.

Over-the-counter remedies:

  1. Acupressure (similar to acupuncture, but applies firm pressure to acupoints rather than needles)
  2. Vitamin B6
  3. Ginger

Still not doing the trick? A prescription might be necessary.

Prescription medications:

  1. Vitamin B6/Doxylamine combination
  2. Antihistamines
  3. Dopamine antagonists
  4. Serotonin antagonists

While the authors are calling for “more high-quality research,” it’s reassuring to know many of these tried-and-true remedies have the backing of a major medical association. Remember, morning sickness typically subsides by the fourth or fifth month. And your queasiness may all be worth it in the long run: Another recent JAMA study links morning sickness to lower rates of miscarriage.

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