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Big Study Finds Nothing Helps Morning Sickness. Grrr. Sniff. Heave.

The highly regarded Cochrane Library has published a review of  27 clinical trials involving over 4,000 pregnant women and the news is not good for the morning sick among us.

Nothing much seems to work. They looked at vitamin B, antihistamines, acupuncture, acupressure, ginger and “common anti-nausea drugs.” None of these were able to provide significant relief from morning sickness.

This is not all that surprising. The word on the street seems to be, “try it, you never know.” I recently wrote about a remedy that *actually works* and was cheered on by those who had given it a whirl. But the over-the-counter combo I wrote about– a mix of Unisom and vitamin B6– also makes women very sleepy.

The Cochrane researchers found that common anti-nausea drugs– perhaps including the one I wrote about– induced sleepiness. So they were crossed off the list. (They could still work at night presumably?)

Dr. Anne Matthews of the School of Nursing at Ireland’s Dublin City University said in a statement:

“A number of the studies we looked at appeared to show benefits, but in general the results were inconsistent and it was difficult to draw firm conclusions about any one treatment in particular. We were also unable to obtain much information about whether these treatments are actually making a difference in women’s quality of life.”

The conclusion to the study is vaguely hopeful: We need more research! We need a cure! Sigh. Also, none of the common remedies for morning sickness seemed to do any harm. I’ll take “difficult to draw firm conclusions” as permission to keep trying all those other things until someone cracks the code on morning sickness.

In the meantime nobody has said a thing about dry crackers, small meals and avoiding all odors. So grab a box of saltines, it could be a long wait.

photo: fotoosVanRobin/Flickr

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