A recent publication provided readers with helpful information about the common causes, treatment, and prevention of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, commonly referred to as morning sickness. It is important that pregnant women address morning-sickness issues, especially if they experience severe symptoms that may cause complications. Additionally, the author notes that not all women experience both nausea and vomiting; some may experience only nausea or only vomiting.

Although research indicates that morning sickness is due to a hormonal factor, other things that may cause or exacerbate morning sickness include stress, fatigue, certain food aromas or other odors, and a history of motion sickness. Research has identified which individuals are at higher risk for severe morning sickness, such as those with a multiple pregnancy (i.e., twins, triplets, etc.), prior history of morning sickness, and a history of migraines.

The author provides helpful tips patients can employ that may reduce or prevent the incidence of morning sickness, including the following: eating small meals, avoiding foods that may worsen nausea, staying adequately hydrated, resting, drinking ginger tea, and using OTC products such as vitamin B6 or doxylamine when appropriate. Patients experiencing severe nausea and vomiting may require the use of prescription antiemetics. It is important to note that not all antiemetics are safe for use during pregnancy, and patients should be advised to read labels carefully, including those for dietary supplements, before use.

Additionally, pharmacists should advise patients to always consult their primary healthcare provider before taking any medication, including OTC drugs, to ensure appropriateness. Patients should also be counseled to seek immediate medical care if they experience severe nausea and vomiting, lose weight during pregnancy, and exhibit signs of dehydration in order to rule out other medical issues that may cause or exacerbate nausea and vomiting.  

The content contained in this article is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Reliance on any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

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