Pregnancy is an extremely exciting time with all the baby name-choosing, nursery decorating and celebrating聽the fact that you鈥檙e bringing a new life into the world. Even with that glow, there can be聽downsides 鈥 like crippling, 24-hour聽morning sickness. We should really just throw that misnomer out already and change it to 鈥渁ll-day sickness.鈥 While science聽has shown that NVP, or nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, can actually be a positive thing 鈥 the study linked NVP聽to lower miscarriage rates 鈥 it鈥檚 still not a pleasant part of an otherwise joyous occasion.聽Kim Kardashian West聽has been extremely open about her struggle with morning sickness during聽her second pregnancy (she told Us Weekly at the CFDA Fashion Awards that there are days when she can 鈥渂arely get out of bed鈥) but聽recently it鈥檚 causing a bit of a stir.


She posted this photo of herself with the controversial medication Diclegis on her Instagram and captioned it: 鈥淥MG. Have you heard about this? As you guys know my #morningsickness has been pretty bad. I tried changing things about my lifestyle, like my diet, but nothing helped, so I talked to my doctor. He prescribed me #Diclegis, I felt a lot better and most importantly, it鈥檚 been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby. I鈥檓 so excited and happy with my results that I鈥檓 partnering with Duchesnay USA to raise awareness about treating morning sickness.鈥

While some聽of her commenters have expressed being in the same boat, many angry commenters聽have been聽disparaging towards using聽medication to treat NVP. We wanted to know more about this polarizing pill, so we reached out to a doctor for the scoop.

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鈥淣VP affects about 80 percent of all pregnant women, and聽we usually recommend a lifestyle change or natural remedies first,鈥 Dr. Linh Tran, M.D., an OB/GYN at Stanford Medical Center in California, told us. 鈥淚f that鈥檚 ineffective, Diclegis is a first line drug that鈥檚聽often聽prescribed.鈥

Diclegis, a combination of pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6) and doxylamine succinate, was originally on the market 30聽years ago as Bendectine. It was then pulled after complaints and lawsuits alleging that the drug caused congenital birth defects and other issues.聽鈥淚t鈥檚 since been carefully tested and hasn鈥檛 shown any evidence of fetal malformation or any negative effect on the mother,鈥 she said. The drug received FDA approval聽in 2013 with a Pregnancy Category A rating, which means the drug has 鈥渇ailed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy.鈥

鈥淎 lot of women like it because it鈥檚 more natural due to the vitamin b6. Of course, the other half is still a drug. Doxylamine is the same thing that鈥檚 found in Unisom, an over-the-counter sleep aid,鈥 she told us.

There are, of course, other natural ways to treat morning sickness. 鈥淕inger and lemon are both聽used聽to curb nausea,鈥 recommends Dr. Tran. You can also try eating small, frequent meals, snacking on plain soda crackers, drinking lots of water and eating cold/room temp foods since hot food tends to have stronger smells.

Good luck, ladies, and stay strong. It鈥檚 all worth it in the end.

Would you ever take medication for morning sickness? Or do you have any morning sickness remedies to share? Tell us in the comments below!

(Photos via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty + @kimkardashian)