Most Moms Would Rather Throw Up Than Take a Morning Sickness Pill

morning sicknessTwo generations ago pregnant women stopped taking anti-morning sickness medication Thalidomine because it was causing terrible birth defects. Ever since then it's been crackers, rubber bands, and ginger chews for the nausea and vomiting that hit many women 24/7. But there's a new medication that looks promising. Morning sickness drug metoclopramide tested safe and effective for more than 40,000 pregnant women in a recent study. (Metoclopramide is sold under the brand name Reglan.) But will pregnant women take it? I asked several women what they thought.


A safe and effective drug that will rescue me from hideous morning-noon-and-night sickness? Yes, pass the metoclopramide!

"Well I’m not pregnant now, haha, but I had morning sickness so bad with both my kids. If I was in the throes of it right now, remembering what I went through, I would try ANYTHING to stop running to the bathroom every five minutes for another dry heave episode. So awful."

"If it can bring relief to my repeated imitations of a cat with a hairball, yes! My throat is raw from the retching ..."

No way would I take a morning sickness drug.

"I don’t think I would take it unless I was one of those women paralyzed by morning sickness. Thankfully I wasn’t; I had my moments but I was able to deal with them. I think I would just try to avoid putting any kind of drug in my body while pregnant. I didn’t even like taking medicine for headaches -- if I could avoid it I would."

"No, because I'd rather try something natural first. Always prefer natural over synthetic pharmaceutical that could have various short- and long-term side effects!"

"No. Especially as an older mom there are enough risks. And if it's new, who knows if there are long-term side effects. I'd be hesitant."

"It would be an option of last resort for me ... like if I had to be hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum or something similar." (Hyperemesis gravidarum is severe nausea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration.)

"Nope, no way. I'd have to be incredibly, incredibly sick to take it, and even then I probably wouldn't risk it. Of course, I don't even take aspirin so ... But especially new meds, and a growing fetus, no way."

"I wouldn’t. Newish medication + pregnancy = Bad Idea. Who knows what they’ll find out in the upcoming years. Plus, I think we should be as natural as possible during the first trimester. Then again, I didn’t have morning sickness ..."

"I won't do any drugs. I won't even take painkillers while I am pregnant. Why risk it? Morning sickness tends to go away and I would rather suffer through it than take something that is later found to be risky."

"I would not. I was very careful about what I put into my body while pregnant. And despite this study, there is no way I would risk taking any medication. My morning sickness was all-day sickness and it was awful, but it was 12 weeks of my life and then it was over. I'd rather be safe than sorry."

"What was that drug expectant mothers were taking in the '50s that resulted in their children being born without arms? They though that was safe and effective, too. I'll pass."

"A good friend had terrible morning sickness, she found drinking hot lemon water before bed and first thing in the morning and ice cold lemon water throughout the day worked better than the drugs she was prescribed. Also, eating small meals every four hours."

I think this is another no ...

"Mothering Magazine has some great archived articles about using marijuana."

Would you take a morning sickness drug like metoclopramide?


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