Can vitamin B6 relieve morning sickness?
For some women, taking vitamin B6 supplements does appear to help.
Some studies show that women who have severe morning sickness have lower levels of vitamin B6 in their blood. This may be why, for many mums-to-be who are severely sick in pregnancy, taking a B6 supplement seems to ease their symptoms. However, it doesn’t always help to prevent vomiting.
We don’t know how vitamin B6 works to relieve sickness. It’s possible that Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps our bodies to process certain amino acids (proteins), which may somehow reduce nausea.
However, experts aren’t sure how much vitamin B6 is safe in pregnancy, so it’s not routinely recommended as a treatment.
If you’re considering taking a B6 supplement in pregnancy, talk to your doctor first. She can tell you if you really need it, or how much to take and whether or not the amount in your prenatal vitamin should count as one of the doses. Bear in mind that amount of vitamin B6 in prenatal supplements may vary.
Vitamin B6 is an important nutrient for everyone, including pregnant women. It helps:
- use and store energy from foods
- promote the growth of red blood cells
- strengthen your immune system
- develop your baby’s brain and nervous system
A healthy balanced diet will give you enough vitamin B6 to meet your daily needs, without the need to take a separate supplement. Good sources of vitamin B6 include:
- bananas (kela)
- soya beans
- corn (makka)
- whole grains
- brown rice
- avocados (makhan phal)