Will sea-bands work for morning sickness?

Sea-bands are often recommended by Mums and midwives as a good approach to nausea relief.

But how do sea-bands work? Are they safe during pregnancy? How do you use them?

And then there is the really important question: will sea-bands work for morning sickness?

Read on to find all your answers here.

What are Sea-bands?

Sea-bands are a brand of acupressure wristband.

They are knitted stretchy wristband with a plastic stud attached to the inside of the wrist band.

What is the idea behind acupressure wristbands?

The wristbands have been designed to use acupressure as a way of relieving nausea symptoms. You can kind of think of it as acupuncture without the needles.

The plastic stud in the wristband applies pressure to a point on your wrist known as the Nei Kuan acupressure point. Based on acupressure principles, consistent pressure on this point helps alleviate feelings of nausea.

Do the wristbands actually work?

So do acupressure wristbands like sea-bands work for morning sickness? The short answer is, they seem to help a lot of women with morning sickness.

You’ll find acupressure wristbands are recommended by midwives and other mothers, as well as documented as effective in some medical studies.

I used acupressure wristbands during my second pregnancy. Although they didn’t completely take the nausea away they made it bearable and allowed me to take care of my 1 year old.
– Gemma,  February 2017

Sea bands worked for morning sickness for me. I used them in my first trimester and I still wear them occasionally. I am 33 weeks now. I didn’t have morning sickness as bad as some women but it was hard for me to eat early in the pregnancy. After I wore acupressure wristbands I could eat like a normal person.
– Alice, March 2017

I found sea-bands didn’t cure the morning sickness but they did take the edge off. I used them last pregnancy and a different brand for this pregnancy.
– Davii, March 2017

Yes, sea-bands work for morning sickness, yes I would recommend acupressure bands to anyone who is feeling sick. My midwife put me onto them.
– Isla, March 2017

One notable trial reported in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing in 2001 found that the group of women using the acupressure bands had significantly less frequency and severity of nausea and vomiting than the placebo group. The study went on to conclude that using wristbands with acupressure buttons was a noninvasive, inexpensive, safe, and effective treatment for the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.

Having said that, they don’t necessarily work for everybody. Like with many things related to morning sickness it’s a case of using a bit of trial and error to see what works for you.

My midwife recommended them. I really wanted them to work and they did a little, but I ended up taking medication. Did sea-bands work for morning sickness? Not for me, but then my morning sickness was quite severe.
– Amanda, December 2016

How do you wear them?

For nausea relief you wear two wristbands at the same time, one on each wrist. The placement of the bands is important so follow the instructions carefully (our Morning Sickness Relief bands come with a clear instruction sheet and diagram – you can view it on the product page).

Do sea-bands work for morning sickness? acupressure wristbands

It is very easy to get the wristbands in the correct spot and once you’ve put them on once or twice, you won’t need to look at the instructions again.

The wristbands should be firm but not tight. You need the plastic stud to press into your wrist to have an impact. They will probably leave an impression on your skin (that is, an indentation that will fade) but it shouldn’t hurt. The wristbands should be comfortable to wear. If the wristbands hurt or cause you discomfort then stop wearing them.

A lot of women wear the wristbands for a couple of hours at a time and then take a break. It is best not to sleep in acupressure wristbands.

Should I try acupressure wristbands for morning sickness?

Acupressure wristbands are safe, easy to use and inexpensive. Many women report success in using these wristbands for morning sickness relief and their effectiveness is backed by some researched based evidence.

So why not? Best case, you’ll find morning sickness relief. Worst case, you’ll find out acupressure isn’t for you.

So come and check out our Morning Sickness Relief Wristbands (acupressure bands) today!