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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
Hyperemesis, Nausea, Weight Loss

NVP Counsellor
Date: 2009-01-19

Question:
I know that, when there is a history of Hypervarious Gravidarum, you suggest taking medication as soon as possible for subsequent pregnancies. However, for my first pregnancy, I experienced only nausea, burping, and weight loss (16 lb), no vomitting. For my second pregnancy I experienced only nausea, severe burping, and weight loss (32 lb over 6 weeks) until I started attempting to use drugs to help. Initially my doctor advised using Zantac which resulted in uncontrollable vomitting and diarhea. Subsequently I had drug reactions to diclectin, gravol, stemitol and maxoran (terrible reaction with blurred vision, slurred speach, loss of muscle control, and extreme anxiety). After two weeks on IV I was stabilized on Zofran. Starting to plan for #3, my question is, is nausea causing severe weight loss reason to start a drug regime for HG, or should drugs only be used when vomitting and/or diarhea occur. Note that I am mildly obese, so this level of weight loss is tolerable for me personally, although perhaps not healthy for the baby. Thanks.

Answer:
Nausea can be just as serious as vomiting, as in your case and should be treated,so medication should be started as soon as possible as we suggest. You may want to call our toll free NVP line at 1 800 436-8471 to speak to one of our specially trained counselors for further information specific to your case.

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