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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

Motherisk receives questions from around the world about morning sickness symptoms, effects, treatments and ways to cope. Those questions and answers are posted here for anyone to read, provided the reader acknowledges and accepts the proviso and disclaimer below.

Wrist bands and pressure points

Date: 2000-10-20

I am 10 weeks pregnant with nausea and vomiting all day, everyday. These same symtoms lasted 6 months during my first pregnancy. I managed to survive without taking drugs the first time around. I recently came across a medical device called the ReliefBand which has been approved by FDA in the U.S for nausea during pregnancy. How does the medical community feel about this device and is it safe and effective for the indicated use to minimize nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?

In Canada we are aware of the Seabands, normally used for motion sickness. They are wrist bands with a pressure point to be placed on the P6 point (about 3 fingers from the beginning of the wrist). Some women find them helpful for their nausea and they are safe. Other pulsating devices are on the market but we have not seen many reports of actual relief from them.

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