Antihistamines for morning sickness may hinder fetal development

by Missy Jaramillo

Antihistamines for morning sickness may hinder fetal development

During pregnancy, most women are constantly concerned about maintaining healthy fetal development. However, what they may not know is that some of their daily habits might be playing a role in how their babies develop in the womb and live after delivery.

A new study showed that women who take antihistamines for morning sickness while pregnant increase the chances of complications during and after labor. For example, their children are at a higher risk of low birth weight, and mothers may give birth prematurely as a result of taking this type of medicine.

"It was surprising to find the link between antihistamines and adverse outcomes as these are over-the-counter medications that are used commonly by women with hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy," said lead author Marlena Fejzo. "Women and their healthcare providers should be aware of the risk for adverse outcomes when deciding which medications to take to treat their HG symptoms."

Morning sickness and pregnancy
Morning sickness is one symptom of pregnancy that affects many moms-to-be, but it doesn't have to stop you from engaging in daily activities. There are a couple of ways you can endure this symptom without the help of medication and the risk of hindering fetal development.

The easiest way to reduce your morning sickness is to find out what triggers it. For instance, certain scents might be the cause of your nausea, and avoiding them can do wonders for your well-being. Talk to your doctor about ways you can reduce the severity of these symptoms and others that you may experience while expecting. He or she can help you enjoy all nine months!

How have you been able to cope with morning sickness in the past? Do you have any hints for getting over nausea associated with pregnancy? Leave your feedback in the comments section!