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Is Kim Kardashian’s Morning Sickness Remedy Safe?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Kim Kardashian morning sickness

When Kim Kardashian talks, people listen. Her social media platforms are well-known for their massive followings and ability to influence fans with purchasing power.

That’s why her recent post to her Instagram account—which has nearly 40 million followers (let that sink in)—gave me pause. In it, she’s touting a pregnancy-related drug—and talking about plans to “partner” with the company that makes it. The photo shows the star holds up a medicine bottle of Diclegis, along with a caption that personally endorses its effectiveness on morning sickness.

She wrote, “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. If you have morning sickness, be safe and sure to ask your doctor about the pill with the pregnant woman on it…”

So far close to a half million people have liked the post. So I was really hoping her recommendation was something at least safe, if not also effective, for all the people who might emulate her. But is there actual science behind it?

As it turns out, yes.

“Diclegis is the only Class A medication [for morning sickness] approved by the FDA in pregnancy,” Jill Maura Rabin, M.D., a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, told Parents.com. “This is a safe medication in pregnancy to be used for women who experience nausea and vomitting.”

She explained that 85 percent of pregnant women experience some form of this discomfort, mainly in the first trimester. (She also clarified that “morning sickness,” as many of us know, is a misnomer—it can certainly extend into other hours of the day.)

Of course, Dr. Rabin stressed the importance of using the drug only as prescribed; it’s not available over the counter. “If your doctor prescribes it, there is a specific way of taking it designed to maximize efficacy,” she says. “The typical perscription is two [pills] at bedtime. Peak action is five to seven hours after you take it, so when you wake up in the morning, hopefully you’ll feel better.”

Related: Morning Sickness Remedies That Really Work!

Dr. Rabin further explained that the medication was suspended for a period of 30 years—a version returned to the U.S. market in 2013 after being approved by the FDA as Diclegis—because a study linked it with problems with shortening of the baby’s limbs. “But when they stopped the medication, the limb shortening occurred at the same rate. It was determined not to be good research, and the FDA came out in favor of [Diclegis].”

Related: Morning Sickness: What to Eat When You Don’t Feel Like Eating

So it turns out that Karsashian may actually be publicizing something that can help a lot of people.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/KimKardashian

Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry

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Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About Her “Horrible” Pregnancy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Kelly Clarkson River RoseIf you didn’t have a blissful pregnancy experience, you’re not alone. Kelly Clarkson is the most recent celebrity mama to open up about the major challenges she faced while pregnant, in fact going so far as to call that period of her life “horrible” on BBC’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

She told host Nick Grimshaw on the program, “I was hospitalized. It was just kind of a bad pregnancy, so I had to take off way more time than normal.”

While she doesn’t give us a lot of details in the latest interview (and admits that the experience hasn’t scared her off from wanting baby number two “…in like a year”), we know she struggled with acute morning sickness, as she gave plenty of candid interviews on the topic throughout her pregnancy with daughter River Rose.

I vomit a good dozen times a day. It’s like bad. I vomited before coming out here,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in December 2013. “I’m not even kidding, it’s so bad. It’s so bad. It’s, like, so gross.”

She added, “My nails are short, my hair still falls out—it’s not all lush and beautiful. And I have no glow. Unless it’s, like, something left over from a bad throw up. It’s horrible.”

Clarkson, of course, isn’t the only mom in the public eye to have a tough go of pregnancy. Kate Middleton famously suffered hyperemesis gravidarum, or morning sickness so severe as to be debilitating. Gwyneth Paltrow, Molly Sims, Mariah Carey, and Kate Winslet are also all among the stars who have copped to suffering bad morning sickness during their pregnancies.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Snacks That Fight Morning Sickness
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Royal Twins on Board: Is This the Strongest Evidence Yet?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

I like to think I have a lot in common with Kate Middleton (ahem). Her first son, Prince George, shares a July 22 birthday with my own twins. Beyond that, she also may have twins on the way!

No, it’s not something the palace has confirmed, of course. And yes, all sorts of false rumors have been swirling about Kate’s pregnancy—even long before she was actually pregnant (both times). But one bit of recent news from across the pond actually has us really wondering.

It turns out that bookmaker William Hill has refused to take any further bets on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having twins after a throng of first-time betters opened new accounts and heaped cash on 20-to-1 odds for twins. The odds fell steeply to 9-to-1 before Hill called off bets.

“We have had a load of unexpected bets including a large number of new accounts,” Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the U.K.’s Express. “With any other market, I would say that people know.”

Did you catch that? People might actually already know about a twin pregnancy. I am a gambling gal, and it’s getting to the point where I’d stake some chips on this one!

The Express also cites that the Duchess’s apparent hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) is a condition experienced more frequently by women expecting twins. But of course let’s remember that she also had it in her first pregnancy—while carrying a singleton.

It was the 15th century the last time the mother of a future monarch delivered twins in Britain. So if Kate is actually expecting two babies, she may find it hard to relate to people in her sphere. But fear not, Duchess: As the new mother of twins myself, I have two months of experience and can provide you with tons of advice! Text me, sister.

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Royal Baby News: Kate Middleton Is Pregnant!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Prince William and Kate MiddletonStop the world: Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting again! The pregnancy—probably the second-most anticipated ever (after her first, of course)—was confirmed this morning by an official palace announcement.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

Poor Kate! The Duchess’ awful morning sickness with Prince George was well-documented, and it’s a huge bummer for her that it’s back again. (Pregnancy symptoms can be different with second pregnancies, after all.)

No word on when Prince George will officially become a big brother, but according to People.com, Kate is “believed to be fewer than three months pregnant.”

We hope Kate feels better soon, and are so excited that Prince George is going to be a big brother! Congrats to the Royal family!

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Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry

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5 Things We’ve Learned About Jill Duggar Dillard’s Pregnancy

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Newlywed Jill Duggar Dillard recently announced that she’s expecting, just two months after tying the knot in June. That makes her the latest member of the 19 Kids and Counting family to have a baby on the way (big brother Joshua already has three little ones…and counting). Jill and her husband Derick will welcome their new baby in late March.

Here’s what else we learned about her pregnancy so far, through their big announcements on Good Morning America and People Magazine.

She’s nicknamed the baby. Their little one will be called “Baby Dilly”—at least until they find out the sex and determine a name. (They’re not sure yet if they’ll follow in the Duggar footsteps and choose a letter theme for their baby names.)

She has morning sickness. And apparently, it’s pretty bad. “They should call it ‘pregnancy sickness’ because it’s all day,” she quipped on Good Morning America. (If you’re dealing with the same thing, check out our tips for managing morning sickness.)

She’s craving sour foods. Dill pickles, lemons, lemons with salt—those are all on Jill’s list of must-haves for dealing with her morning sickness—and in fact, hubby Derick carries around a “pregnancy bag” stocked with the essentials for helping his wife curb the nausea.

She’s planning a home birth. Jill Duggar is a trained midwife who has assisted on many births, and likes the vibe of a home birth. I feel like it will be way more relaxing… and having the baby at home with a midwife provides more of that personal care,” she said. (Considering the same? Find out if you’re a good candidate for home birth.)

She’s planning a gender reveal. Just like her big brother and his wife, Anna, Jill and Derick are planning to learn the sex of their baby (and likely, doing that in dramatic fashion during the taping of their show).

Here’s the scoop from GMA:


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Tell us: How does your pregnancy style mesh with Jill’s? Would you consider home birth? And are you planning a big gender reveal?

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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings

Image: Jill and Derick Dillard’s pregnancy announcement, courtesy of Jill Dillard/Facebook.com

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