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New drug may be the answer to morning sickness
by Missy Jaramillo
One of the most common pregnancy symptoms that women experience is morning sickness. While experts aren't completely sure why it occurs, there doesn't seem to be a cure for the nausea that takes hold during the first trimester. Now, a new drug is giving women hope as they struggle through the ups and downs of having a baby - Zofran.
Sold by GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran was previously used to treat nausea experienced by cancer patients. Now, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine conducted by Danish researchers shows that the drug may be effective in eliminating morning sickness in women. Furthermore, it does not seem to do any harm to fetal development.
"This is a drug we've been using for a while," Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told U.S. News & World Report. "It can help keep women out of the hospital, and help keep them functioning on a day-to-day basis."
Morning sickness and pregnancy
This symptom of pregnancy doesn't have to completely put a damper on nine months of your life. There are a few ways that you can manage morning sickness and keep it from slowing you down. Medical News Today states that getting plenty of rest may help you combat nausea. Try to take naps whenever possible and you'll notice a difference! In addition, be mindful of triggers that intensify your morning sickness. For example, certain smells may get your stomach turning, meaning it's best to avoid them at all costs during your first trimester.
Finally, don't hesitate to speak to your primary care physician if your nausea gets worse. Severe morning sickness is rare, but not uncommon, and must be treated with professional care.
How have you handled first trimester symptoms in the past? Do you have any tips for morning sickness? Leave your feedback in the comments section!