Why Kim Kardashian Is Catching Heat for Her Morning Sickness Treatment
Pregnancy is an extremely exciting time with all the baby name-choosing, nursery decorating and celebrating the fact that you’re bringing a new life into the world. Even with that glow, there can be downsides — like crippling, 24-hour morning sickness. We should really just throw that misnomer out already and change it to “all-day sickness.” While science has shown that NVP, or nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, can actually be a positive thing — the study linked NVP to lower miscarriage rates — it’s still not a pleasant part of an otherwise joyous occasion. Kim Kardashian West has been extremely open about her struggle with morning sickness during her second pregnancy (she told Us Weekly at the CFDA Fashion Awards that there are days when she can “barely get out of bed”) but recently it’s causing a bit of a stir.
She posted this photo of herself with the controversial medication Diclegis on her Instagram and captioned it: “OMG. 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’s been studied and there was no increased risk to the baby. I’m so excited and happy with my results that I’m partnering with Duchesnay USA to raise awareness about treating morning sickness.”
While some of her commenters have expressed being in the same boat, many angry commenters have been disparaging towards using medication to treat NVP. We wanted to know more about this polarizing pill, so we reached out to a doctor for the scoop.
“NVP affects about 80 percent of all pregnant women, and we usually recommend a lifestyle change or natural remedies first,” Dr. Linh Tran, M.D., an OB/GYN at Stanford Medical Center in California, told us. “If that’s ineffective, Diclegis is a first line drug that’s often prescribed.”
Diclegis, a combination of pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin b6) and doxylamine succinate, was originally on the market 30 years ago as Bendectine. It was then pulled after complaints and lawsuits alleging that the drug caused congenital birth defects and other issues. “It’s since been carefully tested and hasn’t shown any evidence of fetal malformation or any negative effect on the mother,” she said. The drug received FDA approval in 2013 with a Pregnancy Category A rating, which means the drug has “failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy.”
“A lot of women like it because it’s more natural due to the vitamin b6. Of course, the other half is still a drug. Doxylamine is the same thing that’s found in Unisom, an over-the-counter sleep aid,” she told us.
There are, of course, other natural ways to treat morning sickness. “Ginger and lemon are both used to curb nausea,” 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’s 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)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)