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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.

When NVP is intermittent

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-04-07

Question:
1. Why is my morning sickness so intermittent (some days terrible, some days almost unnoticeable)?

2. I am taking vitamin B-6 and I used seasickness acupressure bands for about 3 days. I then felt better for several days. Could the acupressure bands have had such a long-lasting effect?

Answer:
1. NVP symptoms are different for everyone and often unpredictable. It may be that on the days you feel better you forget to be cautious and eat more at mealtime, are more active, etc, thereby cuasing your condition to worsen again. Even on good days, you should stick to eating small, frequent snacks,and avoid:

  • drinking liquids with your food;
  • your known NVP "triggers";
  • over-doing physical activities.

2. Vitamin B6 is taken for NVP, and is one of the components of Diclectin (the NVP treatment used in Canada). Diclectin also contains doxylamine succinate, making it a better choice (than Vitamin B6, alone), when NVP symptoms are persistent or more severe. For information on other treatment options in countries where Diclectin is not available, please see other Questions and Answers in this Forum, or view our treatment algorithm in the February 2002 Motherisk Update.

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