More than 30 years after it was removed from the U.S. market, a morning sickness drug originally sold under the name Bendectin has been approved by the FDA.
In the early 1980s, a string of lawsuits claimed that Benedictin, a morning sickness drug sold in the U.S. starting in 1956, caused birth defects. Though no such link had been proven, Merrel Dow, the company that made the drug, took it off the market rather than go to court. But a Canadian company called Duchesnay continued to sell the drug under the name Diclegis in the Great White (vomit-free) North.
Studies have shown that the drug doesn't actually pose any threat to the fetus, and since the drug's disappearance, doctors have been advising morning-sickness besieged women to mix their own homemade version of Benedictin/Diclegis at home (fun!) with the active ingredients--vitamin B6 and doxylamine, a drug found in many over-the-counter sleep aids.
The FDA announced yesterday that it has approved the ready-made version, Diclegis. It's currently the only FDA-approved treatment for pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting.
So puke no more, ladies! U.S. sales are set to begin in June. If you're considering starting a family, you may want to plan accordingly.
A study showed the routine iron supplements given to women during pregnancy cause morning sickness.
“The effectiveness of discontinuing iron-containing prenatal
multivitamins on reducing the severity of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.”
“Avoiding iron-containing multivitamins is effective in majority”
I have read studies that iron supplements can aid in IQ of the baby.
Yes there are some studies in which the researchers are convinced iron supplementation is good for children but there are others that don't agree iron supplements are good.
"Routine Iron Fortification of Infant Formula Linked to Poorer Development"
"Memory impairment induced by brain iron overload"
Preeclampsia is a problem during pregnancy which can lead to birth problems.
"Fe might have a role in etiopathogenesis of preeclampsia"
Preeclampsia is known to be directly related to hemoglobin , if your hemoglobin is below 12 you are guaranteed not to get preeclampsia at birth.
"Iron status parameters in preeclamptic women."
"Any pregnant female with higher serum iron and ferritin concentrations should be further investigated for
So , since iron supplements are used specifically to raise hemoglobin , then one could argue iron supplementation during pregnancy has a good chance of raising hemoglobin into the range of preeclampsia ?
"Iron supplements in pregnancy may not be without risks"
"Iron supplementation and gestational diabetes in midpregnancy"
"Iron intake, haemoglobin and risk of gestational diabetes: a prospective cohort study."