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

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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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Taisie Taisie

Nopers, and I was hospitalized for morning sickness, and afternoon sickness, and evening sickness...

So they say this new med is safe for pregnant moms and their unborn babies, but that's what they said about Thalidomine too.

schlis schlis

I took zofran with both my pregnancies, when it got really bad. Great stuff.

Sabrina Craik Wadden

Happily took it with my oldest daughter and taking it again with my second daughter!! I almost lost my first the morning/all day sickness was so bad. I was SEVERELY dehydrated which caused kidney stones at 12 weeks. I lost over 16 pounds my first trimester because I could not keep anything down, as soon as I ate or drank anything I puked. Things have not gotten as bad this time around but that may be because I knew the signs and got on the meds pretty much as soon as I got pregnant. They have however lasted longer, I am in my third trimester and still taking at least one pill a day, tried to stop and spent the next day throwing up.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Thalidomide was made in a primitive age of chimcal drug engineering, the science is much better understood now. 

Senia... Seniahmom

I'd have to be debilitatingly sick to take anything. Otherwise proven time-tested natural remedies for me.

Sarah Ruzicka

I took started taking zofran as well....I had round the clock morning sickness and my husband finally drug t!e to the doctors after almost punching me when I scared him while running around a corner to the baby turned out fine:)

dizzl... dizzledaz

With my second pregnancy, I had morning/noon/night sickness from week 7 until I gave birth at 39 weeks. Was on zofran from week 10 until the end. A third pregnancy is not in the cards for me, but if it were, depending on how bad the morning sickness was, I'd take drugs to get rid of it.

Cathy Abreu

I did and would do it again. I'm sorry, but anyone who never had any type of morning sickness has no idea what it's like and can't really say for fact they wouldn't do it. I had hyperesis with my 2nd child. I tried to go without meds but ended up trying 3 different ones.  Eventually found out I actually needed a combination of 2 different ones in order to hold anything down. Lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks. It can be dangerous for you and the baby to be that dehydrated and malnourished.  I took it with both and I have very smart and healthy girls ages 4 and 6. 

SaphireH SaphireH

took zofran will all 3 kids because all of my pregnancies gave me 12 hour sickness during the 1st 3 months and last 3 months and i never once puked but i was so uncomfortable. i did by best with crackers and ginger ale but i reached my breaking point and got it to calm it down so i could sleep and eat

Jennifer Wojcik

Are you nucking futs?!?! Did you even look at the side effects of reglan?? Side effects include: tardive dyskinesia (unusual muscle movements), muscle stiffness, depression, agitation and difficulty breathing. Reglan interacts with a number of common drugs including Tylenol, Haldol, Phenobarbital, lithium and many others.

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