The term "morning sickness" is laughable to the women who feel sick during their pregnancies at all points during the day. Sometimes, the nausea and vomiting is so bad that resting and waiting for the morning sickness to pass simply isn't an option. In these cases, vitamin B6 can be employed with other drugs to help you feel better and weather the storm of the first trimester. Your OB/GYN will prescribe you the proper amount. It is important that you follow dosing instructions to find relief.
Schedule an appointment with your OB/GYN or bring up your morning sickness at your regular monthly appointment. Your OB/GYN may suggest other methods of treatment before telling you to purchase vitamin B6. You should never take vitamin B6 without talking to your doctor first; if you are taking a prenatal vitamin, you may already be receiving a high dose of the vitamin.
Purchase your vitamins from a reputable health store. Look for the right dosage, as most women need 25 to 50 mg per day for the vitamin to be effective, notes the American Pregnancy Association. Taking a stronger dose will not ease more severe nausea. In fact, exceeding the dose may cause numbness and be dangerous for your baby, warns Merck.
Take your dose of B6 at night, especially when your doctor has prescribed that you take your B6 with another drug, most often doxylamine or Unisom. Doxylamine is a known sleeping aid, and it could make you drowsy. Take it before bed with your vitamin B6 as your doctor prescribes, and it will help prevent morning sickness when you wake up.
Begin other morning sickness prevention methods in conjunction with your vitamin B6 dose, especially if you feel sick. A study performed by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and published in an April 2005 issue of "Obstetrics and Gynecology" found that ginger was another effective method of preventing and treating morning sickness. Dried ginger, ginger ale and ginger pills can all be effective ways to deal with morning sickness without a prescription.
See your doctor if the vitamin B6 and other methods don't improve your morning sickness. If you're vomiting frequently and are having trouble getting the nutrients and hydration both you and your baby needs, it may be time for your doctor to prescribe more potent drugs to allow you to have a healthy pregnancy. Zofran or ondansetron is used to treat radiation patients for nausea and can sometimes be used for severe morning sickness, notes PubMed Health.
- American Pregnancy Association: Surviving Morning Sickness: Eating with Morning Sickness
- Merck: Vitamin B6
- "Obstetrics and Gynecology, April 2005": Effectiveness and Safety of Ginger in the Treatment of Pregnancy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting; Borrelli, Francesca PhD; Capasso, Raffaele PharmD; Aviello, Gabriella PharmD; Pittler, Max H. MD, PhD; Izzo, Angelo A. PhD
- PubMed: Morning Sickness