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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: Understanding NVP
NVP - It's not in your head

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-07-12

Question:
I have spent the last hour pouring over the previous questions and comments page on your web sight. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for addressing the issues facing pregnant women with HG and NPV. I have two gorgeous children which I feel I more than earned through incredibly difficult pregnancies. I was hospitalized with both in the first trimester and suffered with daily, usually hourly vomiting throughout the entire 40 weeks. I was even throwing up in the delivery room. I am pregnant again after five and a half years. I am ten weeks pregnant. Yes I am sick again. My quality of life and the life of my family is severely diminished. When not pregnant I have a fantastic life. I am very physically active, I run five miles a day, do yoga and pilates three times a week and teach part time at the local university. I am very organized and would describe myself as a high energy person. When I am pregnant it all changes. My home is a disaster, my children are bewildered because I can barely meet thier needs. My husband has become depressed at the idea of suffering through this for nearly a year again. I am the only woman in my family that suffered from severe NVP. In the past well intentioned individuals have suggested it is all in my head. I can honestly say it is not. I read many questions from many discouraged women. I am so glad I am not alone. Is there any way to help bring attention and awareness to this very real problem? If only the money and research was devoted to NVP as it is to improving Male virility. Is there any kind of support group from suffereing women? I would love to know. What does the current research tell us about the problem? Will there ever be a cure, besides terminating the pregnancy? Also I just wanted to share a piece of advice that does help with the depression. I has helped me anyway though some of the toughest times (like vomiting blood from the constant erosion to my esophogus). Just take it one day at a time. Don't think about the whole forty weeks. Don't think about this week just think about right now and getting through today. I know it is the kind of advice you'd like to throw out the window, but when that baby first looks up at you. You know you've earned every ounce of happiness wrapped in that little package.

Answer:
As you have learned through your two pregnancies, it's important to stay positive and take it one day at a time. This is good advice for anyone. No two pregnancies are the same. The same goes for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. In some pregnancies it is worse than in others. Being prepared can also help reduce the impact of NVP.

For example, taking vitamin B6 when planning pregnancy can be beneficial. So can starting treatment at the very first hint of queasiness. Treatment can start with doxylamine, as discussed in previous Qs and As in this Forum, or any of the other treatments mentioned in this Forum.

Pre-existing conditions are sometimes ignored in pregnancy, such as stomach or digestive issues, including H Pylori bacteria, urinary problems, etc. Untreated conditions can increase the severity of the nausea and/or vomiting.

If you are located in North America, please call our NVP Helpline at 1-800-438-8477 for more information. And always be sure to consult your doctor if NVP persists.

Women with NVP needn't suffer in silence. There are people to turn to and safe, effective treatments. Will there ever be a cure? Perhaps some day.

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