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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.

Treating NVP at the first hint of nausea

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-08-24

Question:
I have two children and during both of my pregnancies I was hospitalized for dehydration. I was very nauseous and vomited constantly. I am now pregnant with my third and am very worried. I am six weeks pregnant and am starting to feel a little nauseous. Any chance my pregnancy will be different and what preventative measures can I take to ensure I don't end up in the hospital?

Answer:
No one can predict whether your third pregnancy will involve the same symptoms that you experienced before. It is wise, however, to start treatment for NVP at the very first hint of nausea -- before symptoms become severe.

In Canada we use Diclectin (vitamin B6 and doxylamine). This treatment is safe at any time of the pregnancy and will not increase the 1 percent to 3 percent baseline risk for birth defects that is present in all pregnancies. In other countries (where Diclectin is not available), vitamin B6 and doxylamine can be taken. Please see previous Questions and Answers in this Forum for further discussion. You are also welcome to call the Motherisk NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477 for further information.

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