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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: NVP and other effects
Diarrhea

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-03-15

Question:
Is diarrhea normal in pregnancy? Everything I read says I should be constipated but I have had diarrhea every day since Feb. 3. I am currently 9w 1d and am experiencing all day nausea, usually worse in the afternoons and evenings. I am taking 4 Diclectin a day which seems to prevent vomiting and is taking the edge of the nausea, but it is by no means gone and it is not stopping the diarrhea at all. So far I have lost 13 pounds, even though I am managing to eat every day.

Answer:
Pregnancy and its side effects are different for everyone. Constipation seems to be a common complaint, often due to certain vitamins, though diarrhea is also reported. There may be multiple causes for it. We suggest that you discuss it with your doctor, especially since the diarrhea persists and you have lost weight.
With regard to your NVP symptoms and the partial relief with Diclectin, please call our NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477 to review your symptoms and discuss optimal use of the medication in detail.

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