London - Millions of pregnant women are to get relief from morning sickness after the first drug to treat the condition in three decades was granted a licence.
Health regulators have ruled nausea pill Xonvea safe to use.
In clinical trials the drug was found to reduce the amount of nausea by two-thirds and cut the number of episodes of sickness from four a day to one.
For years doctors have been reluctant to prescribe anti-nausea drugs in pregnancy for fear of complications following the 1960s scandal over thalidomide, the drug which led to birth defects in an estimated 10 000 babies.
The lack of a licensed treatment has left 690 000 women a year to suffer morning sickness, with many relying on traditional remedies such as acupuncture and ginger.