The Morning Sickness Vitamin

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about morning sickness is that most women just aren’t comfortable taking the prescription or over the counter remedies for nausea during pregnancy. This is with good reason, of course. The fact of the matter is that most anti-nausea medications just haven’t been sufficiently tested to know whether or not they may cause a problem for a woman or for her developing baby. Fortunately for the pregnant woman with morning sickness, there may be help in other areas, such as with Vitamin B6.

Vitamin B6, also known by the name of pyridoxine, is a vitamin that helps to do a variety of things in the body. Vitamin B6 helps to make antibodies, which strengthens the immune system. Vitamin B6 also helps to manufacture blood cells. Vitamin B6 is involved in the making of neurotransmitters, as well. A woman who is pregnant only need around 1.9 milligrams of Vitamin B6 each day to fulfill these functions. However, if you are experiencing morning sickness and want to try to use Vitamin B6 to help with morning sickness, the dosage is much higher, in the range of 30 too 75 mg of Vitamin B6 each day.

There are many prenatal supplements that will contain various amounts of Vitamin B6. Some supplements that are designed to help with morning sickness may use a combination of herbal remedies, such as ginger, peppermint, Vitex (Chasteberry) or other herbal remedies alongside of Vitamin B6. You might also consider a stand-alone Vitamin B6 supplement.

It is important that you discuss Vitamin B6 with your health care provider, if you are considering Vitamin B6 to help you with morning sickness. There is some research that suggests that too much Vitamin B6 may cause certain problems, such as nerve damage. The amounts of Vitamin B6 you would have to consume to have this happen are relatively high, and it is unlikely that a supplement would contain that much Vitamin B6. Still, you should definitely speak with your health care provider about this.

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