Pregnancy: Are motion sickness medications safe during pregnancy?

I am going to be flying at four months pregnant and I am concerned about motion sickness. My doctor told me that I should not take dramamine, which I usually take when I fly. I get severely ill when I don't take something.


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

As you know, no drug can really be claimed to be "safe in pregnancy". Dramamine has an oxytocin-like effect (causes uterine contractions). Bonine (Meclizine) has been used as a substitute but the manufacturer categorizes it as a "B" drug which means that no controlled studies have proven it to be safe but fetal risk has not been shown. Dramamine is also a "B" drug. Scopolamine patches have also been used but are not recommended for use in pregnancy either.

You may ask your provider about these other options.

Herbal remedies include: Peppermint tea (at all grocers now) and ginger tea (1/2 tsp grated ginger root per cup of boiling water). Some people have also had good luck with a wrist band that puts pressure on an acupressure point. These can usually be found at health stores or herbalist suppliers.

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