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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.

Steroids NOT recommended

Treatment
Date: 2004-09-29

Question:
I have heard about the use of steroids to combat nausea and promote appetite...any proven results?

Answer:
Even though steroids might promote appetite and help nausea, this group of medications is not recommended as a first line of treatment in the first trimester of pregnancy. Studies have shown that there is a risk for oral clefts. Please discuss the Motherisk treatment algorithm with your doctor. The algorithm is posted on this website in the Updates archives: February 2002

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