For those expecting, don’t expect relief


If you’ve been pregnant you very likely are familiar with morning sickness. For some it’s light and passes quickly, for others it can interfere with nutrition and healthy weight gain, even threatening a healthy pregnancy. Unfortunately, a new study shows that none of the current remedies, prescription or over the counter, help in a reliable way.

According to Cochrane researchers who performed the systematic review of treatments, there is very limited evidence that anything works - prescription or alternative treatments like acupuncture.

Symptoms of morning sickness affect more than half of all pregnancy women. Because women are concerned about the effects of drugs on their unborn babies they are turning to natural and alternative treatments for relief.

In six studies of acupressure and two of acupuncture there were no significant benefits when compared to the control groups. One study did show that acustimulation has some improvement when used over a period of three weeks. Even old standbys like ginger showed no measurable relief and for some caused terrible heartburn. B6, antihistamines and antiemetics were also studied and made no real difference. The anti-nausea drugs (antiemetics) had a drowsy side effect which some women objected to.

“A number of studies we looked at appeared to show benefits, but in general the results were inconsistent and it was difficult to draw firm conclusions about any one treatment in particular,” said Dr. Anne Matthews, lead researcher of the School of Nursing at Dublin city University in Dublin, Ireland. They also couldn’t find any evidence that the treatments improved quality of life.

So it looks like saltine crackers may really be the answer. For me, it was vanilla ice cream and lots of it.

Source: Wiley-Blackwell, ScienceDaily


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