No More Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is a time when women are supposed to have that “glow.” However, if you suffer from morning sickness, the nausea and vomiting can make you feel anything but radiant. For those who haven’t had success with home remedies or over-the-counter drugs, there’s a new drug-free alternative — a bracelet that lets you dial up relief.

Julie has three boys. There’s the oldest, Christopher. “I’d say he’s tenacious,” says Julie. There’s four-year-old Jack. “He is very loving,” she says. And the youngest is Ryan. “He’s real sweet, but mostly he’s a handful right now,” says Julie. “What can I say, he’s two.”

Three boys. Three easy pregnancies. That has not been the case with pregnancy number four, however.

Six-year-old Christopher says, “She threw up a lot, and she didn’t feel good for a long time.”

Julie tried everything from lemon drops to over-the-counter drugs, but nothing worked. In fact, she’s not alone. More than 50 percent of expectant mothers suffer from morning sickness.

An obstetrician and gynecologist says, “Morning sickness is typically related to rising levels of pregnancy hormones.”

Pregnancy is a time when women are supposed to have that “glow.” However, if you suffer from For patients like Julie, Dr. prescribes a drug-free device called ReliefBand. It’s a small band that the patient wears on the underside of the wrist that periodically sends out very minor electrical impulses.

Those impulses stimulate the nervous system to block the message of nausea before it reaches the stomach.

Julie says, “I was able to eat lunch, and I didn’t get sick or feel sick. It really made a big difference.”

For Julie, feeling well is key to keeping up with her three growing boys. “They’re sweet and they love their mommy,” she says, and she’ll have one more to keep up with since her latest addition is predicted to be a boy.

The disposable ReliefBand costs about $60 for a six-day supply. The reusable band costs $140. Some insurance companies cover ReliefBands. It is also FDA-approved for treating nausea associated with chemotherapy and motion sickness. Only the motion sickness ReliefBand is available over-the-counter.

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