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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: Effects on the baby
Not eating and affect on baby in first trimester

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-11-25

Question:
I am in the 1st trimester of pregnancy but i can hardly eat anything and i am vomiting a lot. would not eating affect my baby and in what way?

Answer:
Fifty percent to 80% of pregnant women experience NVP in their first trimester and their symptoms prevent most of them from eating a healthy diet. Some cannot keep much food down. Babies take the nourishment that they need regardless of what the mother is eating.

Severe symptoms of NVP, especially vomiting should be treated. There are safe medications available. In Canada, the first line treatment is Diclectin. Please view previous Q and As in this NVP Forum regarding treatment.

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