Vitamin B for Morning Sicknessby By Allison Hutton
While pregnant, the most unappealing time of the entire pregnancy may be the onset of morning sickness. For some, it may only last a day or two. For others, it may last the entire pregnancy. Regardless of how long it lasts, the majority of women are interested in knowing how to make it go away; or at least how to get some sort of relief.
For many women, the use of vitamin B it an attractive option. Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine states, "It's safe, with no risk of side effects or birth defects at 25 milligrams, and it works for at least half of the women who try it." She also suggests taking vitamin B6 first thing in the morning, again midday, and before going to bed. Stick to no more than 75 milligrams of B6 per day. Amounts higher than 100 milligrams a day have been associated with nerve problems.
If vitamin B6 is going to help your symptoms, you should feel relief within the first few doses, Dr. Niebyl says. If it hasn't worked by then, you may need to ask your doctor about other forms of treatment.
As a general rule, pregnant women should never take any drugs or supplements without first discussing it with their physicians.
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