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Will taking pills for nausea during pregnancy harm my baby? (Query)

There are ways to deal with morning sickness, and popping a pill is one of the safest ones.

Written by Poorva Chavan |Updated : November 18, 2015 11:54 AM IST

I am a two months pregnant and experience nausea and dizziness very often. I know it is pretty common during the first trimester but none of the home remedies are helping me. Should I resort to medication? Are they safe during pregnancy? Will they affect the foetus?

Nausea or morning sickness is a part and parcel of pregnancy and for most women it lasts only during the first trimester of their pregnancy, but some women experience it through the nine months. It may or may not be triggered by certain smells but the main reason for it is the fluctuation of a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). This hormone stimulates the ovaries to secrete oestrogen, which can cause nausea. According to Dr Nupur Gupta, Gynaecologist and obstetrician, Well Woman Clinic, Gurgaon, stress, lack of sleep, exertion and dehydration can also trigger morning sickness. In multiple pregnancies and assisted pregnancy methods like in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), the nausea is even more severe.

Dr Gupta says that many women avoid taking medication for dealing with nausea during pregnancy as they fear it might affect the foetus adversely. But it is important to note that taking anti-emetic during pregnancy is generally safe and does not harm the foetus. However, you should not resort to any over the counter medication. Your doctor will prescribe antiemetic medication that is designed specifically for treating morning sickness.

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Dr Gupta says that Doxinate and Ondansetron are the safest medicines and easily available too. However, it is best to consult your doctor before consuming them.

Here are some tips to prevent nausea or reduce the intensity of morning sickness

  1. Eat something dry like a rusk, bread or some biscuit first thing in the morning. Dr Gupta says it helps in reducing the severity of nausea.
  2. Get a good night's sleep and rest well.
  3. Stay away from stressful situations.
  4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and stay hydrated.
  5. You can also chew on some ginger as it is known to provide instant relief from nausea.

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