The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the first big study of the anti-nausea drug metoclopramide, has found that it's...
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the first big study of the anti-nausea drug metoclopramide, has found that it's safe for pregnant women and fetuses. This is great news since it's estimated that as many as 80% of expectant mamas suffer morning sickness during their first trimester. Sometimes mamas can control their morning sickness with natural remedies such as food items, ginger, or aromatherapy, but for some women, only medication will help ease the nausea. Compazine, Phenergan and Zofran are the most frequently prescribed drugs for morning sickness but it's important to note that none of these are actually approved for pregnant mamas to use for easing morning sickness issues. Metoclopramide, the medication from the study is used more commonly in Europe and Israel than in the U.S. The new study looked at a total of 81,703 births among mamas enrolled in Israel's largest HMO; and 3,458 of the women used metoclopramide during their pregnancy to ease morning sickness. Researchers on the study told the New England Journal of Medicine that "There were no significant increases in the incidence of birth defects or low birth weight in the group using the drug and a slight reduction in the incidence of stillbirth... which provides reassurance regarding the safety of metoclopramide for the fetus when the drug is given to women to relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy." If you've got bad morning sickness, you'll need to discuss all your options with your midwife or doctor, and it's best to choose the least evasive cure first - i.e start with natural and food remedies before taking a medication. Keep in mind that while this drug is considered safe due to the new study there is no drug that's 100% safe for everyone during pregnancy, and weighing the pros and cons is still smart. Read the whole story: Anti-nausea drug safe for fetuses, a study shows

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