5 October 2016
One of the things women dread most about pregnancy is morning sickness. The joy of having your own baby may momentarily be ruined by the thought of morning sickness.
Morning sickness doesn’t affect the woman alone, it affects her man too as he is more often than not on the receiving end of the aggression developed as a result of it. That said, I’ll recommend that men also read this piece.
If peradventure you are currently experiencing morning sickness, stay calm about it. You don’t have to get hysterical about it at all, after all over 80 per cent of pregnant women experience morning sickness.
According to Mayo clinic, morning sickness, also known as nausea gravidarum, nausea/vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is a condition in which the woman feels nauseous, sometimes vomits and is often tired.
Not just pregnant women, but women who use hormonal contraception or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) may also have morning sickness symptoms.
Some experts have argued that morning sickness may not necessarily happen only in the morning, but could happen at any time in the day, hence, the name of this condition may be misleading.
No matter the time of the day you experience morning sickness, you can overcome it.
Here are recommended ways of treating morning sickness:
Yes! Ginger has long been recommended for morning sickness during pregnancy, and science largely backs up the idea that this remedy works, at least for mild symptoms. Studies have also shown that ginger worked well in treating morning sickness. Researchers noted that the benefits of ginger were apparent regardless of the amount that the women took or how the ginger was prepared.
Vitamin B6, which is sometimes called pyridoxine, has also been relatively well-studied as a morning sickness treatment. Researchers have found that B6 was associated with a reduction in nausea.
Taking an antihistamine along with vitamin B6 has proved to be a better treatment. Studies have shown that the combination improved women’s symptoms. However, the researchers noted that the antihistamine-vitamin combination fared better when it was compared with a placebo, instead of the anti-nausea medication.
There are also a variety of prescription drugs given for morning sickness including anti-nausea medications. A particular drug known as ondansetron, was beneficial for women who had all levels of morning sickness severity, researchers have found. This medication is typically used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Author: Dotun Obatuyi
My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.