I am currently 24 weeks pregnant and I am having SEVERE morning sickness.The doc. says its normal just eat crackers and drink ginger ale.That is not helping at all,nothing is helping!I heard some where that B6 and Unisom,it might even have been on this site,is effective in treating morning sickness.But here is my question,is it really safe to take unisom while your pregnant?If some one has the answer to that please let me know...
First, I so feel for you because I went through the same thing. My first pregnancy was a nightmare. The others weren't easy, but better because I had more help. Unisom and B6 appears to be safe, as far as is known. I had doctors prescribe it for me during pregnancy. It helped sometimes. I would be looking for a better doctor if he thinks that severe morning sickness is normal and treatable with crackers and ginger ale. Especially if you are still having it this far along. It's not too uncommon, but he could do more to help alleviate it! You're probably not hydrated enough which is no better than using a med if you ask me. I read a book called No More Morning Sickness which gave me more helpful ideas than any doctor ever did. It is written by a dietitian who specializes in morning sickness. Look for it at your local library or on Amazon.com. Hope that helps!
Yes, "morning" sickness. I had it so terribley in my first trimester, I just kept losing weight. I am 22 weeks along now and it has decreased somewhat, but it's still there. I actually had to speak to my principle not too long ago and explain why i have been missing school (Yes, still in school) so much lately. "Maybe you should wake up earlier to get the morning sickness over with," my MALE principle said to me. Ahh, how I wish people only knew that ''morning'' sickness is not morning sickness, it is all day/night sickness!
I had/have it bad with each of my kids...I've also had a different Dr for each one.
The first was great, still sad he's no longer doing OB, just family. I used the unisome and b6 and He had me get those motion sickness bands for your wrist they work by pressure points, worked great for me.
The 2nd Dr, told me it was psychological and the nauseau would go away on its own, no wonder why she's not my DR this time around!!
I can't seem to find the bands in pharmacies right now, not sure if they require a prescription or not. This time around I did use the travel sickness pills cut in half for a period of time where it was really bad, I also had an innner ear infection at that time on top of everything.
I agree that you're going to want to find another Dr's opinion, maybe another in the same practice?? You'll probably have to see them sometime or another anyway just in case they're on call when you deliver. If your Dr isn't listening to you about something like morning sickness, chances are he/she won't listen to you about something important or worse what your wishes for delivery will be.
I'm about 7 wks pregnant and my morning sickness has just started to set itself in. It's horrible, I keep having to take off work just to make it through my days because I'm so exhausted when I can't keep anything down, even water. I went to my doc and they prescribed unisom and b6 which has helped a lot. The only thing I hate is that the unisom makes me severely tired, so I have to cut my pills in half to compensate a little bit. He told me as far as the pills went, that there was a study done that said that taking this did not cause birth defects. I guess the unisom and the b6 combined used to be sold as a prescription medicine known as bendectin, which they don't sell in the us anymore because they once used to think that it did cause birth defects. But studies showed that it wasn't responsible for that and lots of pregnant women still take it today and have no problems with their babies.
I felt more comfortable taking it because my doctor explained it to me before telling me to take it. And it's nice knowing others have taken it and it has helped too.
Any other suggestions for morning sickness cures?
I am 9 weeks along and having terrible nausea all day. My dr. put me on my 3rd prenatal, Premeses and also told me to take a 1/2 of tablet of B6 and Unisom 3 times a day . I was a little nervous taking a sleeping aid but after reading all the emails I feel ok about it. I have to feel better, it's so hard to function, I work full time and have a 19 month, the last few weeks have been just miserable. I never had this with my first.
My doctor actually told me to take a whole B6 and half of a Unisom. I'm not sure how much of a difference it made for me. Things started seeming a bit better when I had a couple crackers in bed even before I got up in the morning. And it was SO important to continue eating throughout the day even though food disgusted me. I ate at least every hour, and snacks high in protein are helpful. I was told try the Baked Lays potato chips, lemon drops, Sprite, etc. I was also told to sniff a lemon or some fresh ground ginger when I was feeling super nausi. Good luck to all you sick mamas--I feel your pain!
It is always best to get a second, if not a third, opinion. Whichever doctor you choose to stay with I would ask them about Hyperenesis Gravidarum, this is an exaggerated form of morining sickness, it is more common in first-time mothers. Signs that you may have it include VERY severe vomitting and nausea that lasts longer than the first 16 weeks, soometimes the entire 9 months. It usually occurs in fewer than 1 in 200 pregnancies, but it is something to check into because it can be treated and sometimes (is severe) hospitalization may be necessary. Do not worry about it until you are able to talk to a doctor about it because stress only worsens any condition! I know all this because it is possible I have this but my doctor wants to run more tests in a month to know for sure. The most important thing you can do is make sure you drink plenty of liquids, preferrably water. Food is important but liquids are more so. Not just for someone severly sick but for anyone. A person can live a little over a week without any food but only about three days without water! Good luck!
I had severe morning sickness and my doctor ended up prescribing me Zofran. It was the only thing that helped me and it has saved me.
I've got to throw in a few natural alternative ideas in case you haven't tried them. Sometimes coming back to the basics helps more than anything else...and lots of times we just plain need the meds!
Mint - tea, peppermint tick tacks, even the smell can be soothing.
Belly bars - try the plain flavors (oatmeal or oat something is perfect) eat just a little at a time through your day. If it stays down it's got lots of vitamins you need now and protein.
water - keeping hydrated also regulates your tummy
Nothing huge, but as I recall during "morning sickness" that lasted all day..those were just a few great ones.
Best wishes, remember it will all be SO worth it when you see your child.