Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Al Romeo: Morning Sickness
(KUTV) Pregnant moms know morning sickness is awful, there are medications that can help, but do they pose a risk to baby?
There has been some controversy about the risks of using Zofran for nausea in pregnancy. While some research reports have suggested an increase in the risks of cleft palate and heart defects, those risk have not been supported across all the research reports.
Every pregnancy has about a three percent risk of a major birth defect and at this time we don't expect Zofran to increase that risk. Clefts and heart defects are common and nausea is common, so they may be happening together by random chance.
Future research reports will be evaluated to determine if there are any increased risks. If moms are still concerned or doctors don't want to prescribe Zofran, there are other medications for nausea.
Some women with mild nausea use over-the-counter medications such as a combination of B-6 and Unisom, the prescription version is called Diclegis.
Other over-the-counter medications include Ginger and Antivert, while prescription-strength medications include Phenergan.
The best one to use will depend on how severe the symptoms are and which one works best for each mom. If moms don't want to take any medications for severe nausea and vomiting, there can be risks from dehydration and poor nutrition.
Women should talk to their provider about their symptoms and treatment options. Women who need help before they can get into an appointment can call the Motherisk.org helpline at 1-800-436-8477.
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