Kim Kardashian’s drug endorsement under FDA scrutiny
The FDA issued the letter to the drug’s maker because the risks of the drug such as heavy drowsiness and lack of testing for those with hyperemesis gravidarum were not included in the social post. The FDA also asked Kardashian to take the post down, which she did.
About half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness symptoms such as nausea and vomiting during their first trimester. These symptoms are caused by hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. Morning sickness does not just happen in the morning, it can happen at any time of the day, especially before dinner due to the long time between lunch and dinner.
“If you get nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, it will usually start at six weeks, peak at eight weeks and be gone by week 12 or 13,” says Dr. Maura Brennan, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. “Though, this is not the case for everyone.”
While taking Kardashian’s recommended morning sickness drug is not recommended by health professionals, Dr. Brennan suggests the following five tips for women who are struggling with morning sickness:
- Eat small, frequent meals. Dry, salty snacks are ideal because they stimulate thirst. Also make sure to include proteins along with carbohydrates. It’s important to never let your stomach get empty.
- Hydration is key. In the first trimester, staying hydrated is actually more important than calorie intake. In addition to water, chamomile or peppermint tea can help with the morning sickness.
- Altoids, peppermint, spearmint or other strong mints can help. Especially if your sense of smell is heightened.
- Ginger root or ginger ale tends to be a good natural remedy.
- If all else fails, talk to your doctor for possible medications.
“It is normal for nausea and vomiting to cause you to be less excited about your pregnancy,” Dr. Brennan says. “These so-called ‘pregnancy blues’ don’t make you a bad person. It just means you are not feeling well. Remember, this too shall pass and soon you’ll experience how beautiful pregnancy will make you feel.”
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