Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hodge-Podge of Anti-Nausea Remedies

Every few weeks, someone posts a question about bad morning sickness on Mamapedia - "I'm really sick and it's getting worse and I don't know what to do - help!" I always post the same thing: "Stay hydrated, try liquid nutrition, try to get Zofran if it gets bad, check out, look for a supportive care-provider." Yesterday, when one of these requests came out, I took the time to look through the answers, and I made notes of the various remedies mentioned by the mothers who responded (see below).

Looking at these answers, I am reminded once again of the fact that morning sickness remedies are highly individual. It's not "For condition A, take remedy B" - it's "For varying manifestations of condition A, take one of several thousand remedies and eventually find out what works for you." When I was pregnant with our eldest son, one of the most frustrating activities of the day was surfing the net for nausea remedies. I would find TONS of women writing "I had horrible morning sickness and I tried [remedy X] and it completely cured me!" Then I would, of course, try [remedy X] and find it to be useless for my nausea. It's such a shot in the dark.

And of course, some of these women are writing about their experience with normal morning sickness, while others are writing about severe morning sickness or hyperemesis - quite different things in terms of being able to find remedies.

Several of these remedies, especially the drugs, I had not heard of before. Always good to have new options to try!

Here is a list of things mentioned:

- Sea bands

- 8 oz. of warm water with 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, taken at lunch time and then again in the middle of the night

- Zofran, Reglan, Tigan, etc.

- PICC Line

- Liquid nutrition (Jell-O, Boost, Gatorade)

- Sucking on a thin slice of raw ginger

- Ginger tea, from fresh or powdered ginger

- IV fluids

- Acupuncture

- Ginger ale

- Peppermint candies

- Lemon-ginger tea

- Vitamin B supplements

- Peppermint-Ginger together in Shaklee's Stomach Soothing Complex (???)

- Peppermint aromatherapy

- Cool water - to drink and to use with a wet washcloth on the forehead

- "Try mint tea with honey and cinnamon. Make sure you get ceylon cinnamon not cassia cinnamon (which is what you usually find in the store)."

- Tums

- Mint tea

- Unisom & Vitamin B combo

- Emetrol

- Eating whatever one can keep down

- Promethezane

- Zantac 150 daily

- Ginger pills

- Ginger cookies before bed

- Prenatal vitamin containing anti-nausea medicine

- Freeze pops

- Crackers, lemon-lime soda and a banana

- Exercise


  1. So...although I'm not publicly announcing (actually keeping it very quiet), I'm finding myself in need of the diclectin replica "instructions".

    It's been 4 years since I went through HG and I'm trying to be more proactive this go round. Could you either reply to this post with the dosing instructions or shoot me an email at


  2. I've also forgot a TON of stuff in 4 years, hence why I can't remember how much to take and how often. ;)

  3. Congratulations!! I just emailed you, but here's the link in case that doesn't go through:



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