Say No To Nausea, A Review

8 September 2010

Sea-Bandformotionsickness Many mums who’ve endured the horrors of morning sickness (and what a misnomer THAT one is) know about the trick with the acupressure and the points on your wrist. If you haven’t strapped an entire stationery cupboard’s worth to your wrist in desperation, then you’ve likely tried out the professional products. And one such product is the Sea-Band.

These acupressure wrist bands have been designed to ease nausea, including travel sickness, and they come in sizes to fit both kids and parents. Now we got sent a bunch of these to review as a part of our travelling theme this month and I winged them across to our Mum in Waiting, Rosalind.

Poor Rosalind has been suffering from some hideous morning sickness and so she grabbed these bands with glee.

Useful, yes, I do think that they offer some relief but the best effect I had was combining them and a drink of ginger root in boiling water,” she said.

ginger21They do not take the feeling away completely, but I noticed a difference when I took them off to have a bath. This meant that I really did not want to take them off to get in the water. It might actually be worth having two pairs so that I can get one wet.

The Sea-Band works by exerting a constant, gentle pressure on a point on the inner wrist called the Pericardium 6 acupressure point. Which makes me feel nauseous as I hate anything touching my inner wrist, obviously the Sea-Bands are not for me…

They are comfortable to wear and the instructions are easy to follow,” continued Rosalind, “I did find they slipped quite a bit over the course of wearing them so I spent a fair amount of time adjusting them. “

Rosalind was also suffering from another pregnancy symptom – clean, clean, clean – so she was rather pleased that the Sea-Bands had clear washing instructions on them. She did, however, feel that it would be nice to have different colours to make them more interesting, but not luminous ones (you’ll see why in a minute).

nauseareliefusingsea-bandThe only thing is that you look a bit like an 80s dancer when you wear them,” she said, “They are not very discreet. I found that I did feel much less self conscious when I was wearing long sleeves. I think, because it is such early days, I did not like to draw attention to why I was wearing them on my wrists.”

I was hugely amused by the 80s dancer remark myself. Visions of pregnant 80s styled dancing women made me laugh out loud.

I am definitely going to keep wearing them,” Rosalind concluded, “Anything to ease the symptoms a bit. All in all, definitely worth trying. I think that it has eased a bit and I would say that the bands have helped. It’s also nice to have something that I can keep after the pregnancy and use on holiday as well.”

And Finally

AboutAcu-InstructionsWhile we were unable to find a child suffering from travel sickness about to go on a boat/long car trip in time for this review, it is entirely possible that they will be just as effective. As a mum of a very fussy toddler, I reckon that the hard bit would be persuading them to keep wearing them.

For the pregnant mum who’s tum is at war I love Rosalind’s final comment…

If I was going to be pregnant again (which I am not), I would get some it stock so I could wear them from the word go!”

The Sea-Bands retail from £7.99 at Lloyds, Superdrug, Tesco and other such useful places.

3 comments

  • Gib
    Sorry, but these sort of pressure bands do not work. They are placebos only.
  • admin
    I don't agree Gib. I had terrible nausea when I was pregnant. I didn't believe these would work, but they almost stopped my nausea completely!
  • Chris S.
    That's why I mentioned placebos. As you've demonstrated, placebos make for good anecdotes. The don't make things actually effective though.

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