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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.

Forum > NVP Symptoms and Effects: Varying symptoms of NVP
Coping in the 8th to 12th week of pregnancy

NVP Counselor
Date: 2003-04-28

Question:
I am in my 6th week of pregnancy and feeling the daily affects of nvp. I was doing great up until this week. I would feel sick early in the morning but would eat something right away and feel so much better. Now it seems like the more I move the more nauseous I get. I do eat saltines at my bed, get plenty of rest, drink enough fluids (mostly water), and always have something in my stomach but I still feel sick. No matter what time of the day it is I feel sick...close relation to symptoms of the flu (without a fever). Is this normal at this point? When would I expect this to get better by week 12 or sooner? Thanks for your help.

Answer:
Typically, NVP affects women in the first trimester (most acutely during weeks 8 to 12) and symptoms such as those you are experiencing throughout the day are unfortunately common. Eating small amounts of food frequently will help, but other means are often needed, including treatment. For more information on all methods of safe treatment, please call our NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477. We're open to callers throughout North America.

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