Coping with morning sickness in pregnancy

Morning sickness is a common affliction for pregnant women, but now a recent study may help them get through this in a slightly better shape. Many upcoming parents have been wondering whether they should take anti-nausea drugs, but were unsure whether this would harm their baby. Now the latest study conducted in Denmark finds no evidence that one particular popular drug would cause any harm to babies.

Data show that 10% of pregnant women have some type of nausea and vomiting that gets bad enough where medicine should be taken, but many forgo the use because of fear for their babies. In fact no drug is current approved in the US to help morning sickness, although many doctors have been prescribing drugs anyway. Zofran, made by GlaxoSmithKline, is one such popular nausea drug used often in cancer patients, but has since become a top alternative for morning sickness as well.

The study focused on Zofran and was conducted on 600,000 pregnant women in Denmark, a huge amount, finding no evidence at all that birth-related problems could be caused by the drug. The result shows that women should be free to take Zofran if they need it, according to Dr Iffath Hoskins, a high-risk pregnancy specialist from the NYU Langone Medical Centre who looked at the study.

In fact, many more common actions can be far more damaging to potential infants. Things like poor nutrition can cause excessive vomiting and potentially harm the foetus, but the nausea drug is safe and effective. According to specialists, a first step in order to solve morning sickness should be by using ginger ale, crackers or vitamins, with Zofran being a second step if it does not go away. This way women will be ensured to not be suffering needlessly while they are expecting.

 

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