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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: Varying symptoms of NVP
When smells trigger sickness

NVP Symptoms and Effects
Date: 2002-06-10

Question:
I have just found out that I am six weeks pregnant, this will be my second pregnancy.

My last pregnancy was extremely unpleasent, I was sick for the full nine months. In particular smells triggered off my sickness. In particular,soap, cardboard, bread, fried foods, perfumes, cat food.

I was sick yesterday twice, and today I have been sick twice. On two of those occasions smells triggered off my sickness again, deoderant yesterday, and washing powder today. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?

Answer:
As we often tell our callers, no two pregnancies are alike. Chances are you won't be quite so affected the second time around. Yet for many, smells are often a trigger. If your NVP symptoms are mild, the best bet is to simply avoid them. However, more severe nausea and vomiting might require further measures. Safe treatment is available. To find out more please call our NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477.

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