The morning sickness medicine, Diclegis, was recently made famous when Kim Kardashian posted a sponsored advertisement on her hugely popular Instagram account. I had been taking the prescribed medicine myself for about a month when I saw the ad and honestly, I was surprised to see a pregnancy-related drug manufacturer using a paid spokesperson. I have nothing against the Kardashian clan or paid celebrity spokespeople in general, but I do tend to question the validity of their message and ultimately the product (can you really blame me?).
I conducted a lot of my own research and had several conversations with my doctors before taking the medicine, so it felt a little strange to then see Kim Kardashian hawking it on Instagram. This was especially the case when she received a ton of backlash (mainly from the FDA), but with people claiming that the Class A medicine wasn’t actually safe.
Hold on a second, now it’s not safe?
After experiencing a bit of silent panicking and further research, I “rediscovered” that it is in fact safe as prescribed by my doctors. The FDA was not happy that the potential risks were not properly disclosed on her post. Phew, ok – I’m not the worst mother on the planet.
The real question is, however, does the medicine actually work? I can tell you from personal experience that it does, or at least it did for me. I have been really sick with this pregnancy – nauseous all day and vomiting a lot more than I did with my daughter. Prior to taking the medicine, I was really struggling to keep my head above water, never mind taking care of my two and a half year old.
The best way to describe the medicine would to say that it took the edge off – it didn’t eliminate my symptoms completely, but it helped me get back on my feet and it stopped the vomiting almost entirely. The downside was of course the daytime drowsiness (the pill consists of vitamin B6 and Unisom, a sleep-aid), but it did at least make for a peaceful nights sleep. I also didn’t love taking the medicine preemptively the night before because it really kept me in the dark about how I was truly feeling – am I getting better or is it just the medicine running through my body? It was almost impossible to tell.
While I don’t love taking medicine, especially while pregnant, ultimately I don’t think I had much of a choice with this pregnancy. Deciding to take medicine during pregnancy is of course a personal choice, it’s just nice to know there is a safe option available if your morning sickness can’t be treated by diet changes and the like.
Disclaimer: I am in no way promoting or advocating the use of Diclegis, nor was I given any compensation for my thoughts. My views are based on personal experience alone.