Morning sickness is the bane of many pregnant women’s lives, at least 80% of expectant mothers report some kind of morning sickness, according to The Telegraph, and 2% will be diagnosed with a severe form called hyperemesis gravidarum.
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The new pill Xoneva has been licensed in the UK after clinical trials - and could reduce episodes of sickness from four times a day down to just one, making pregnancy more bearable for some pregnant women. Anyone who has been pregnant or knows someone who has will be aware that ‘morning sickness’ can strike at any time, not just the morning.
Doctors have been nervous about prescribing drugs to women suffering from sickness during pregnancy after women were prescribed thalidomide in the 1960s which resulted in birth defects in some children.
‘We welcome the news that finally, a licence has been granted for a medication to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy,’ Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said today – highlighting the long wait women have had for some kind of concrete solution.
‘We know that many women are simply told to put up with debilitating symptoms on the basis that no medication is safe in pregnancy, when in fact the risks of not treating may be significantly higher. Our hope is that a licensed product will give doctors confidence to prescribe for women who need it.’
“Bpas sees women whose sickness is so debilitating they are left with no choice but to terminate what is often a very much wanted pregnancy; with early treatment with medications including Xonvea, our hope would be that for at least some women, their symptoms and sickness will not escalate to the point that they need our services.