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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: NVP and other effects
NVP and Postpartum Depression

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-03-31

I am in the 1st trimester of my 2nd pregnancy, and like my first pregnancy and experiencing nausea and vomiting. I took diclectin throughout my first pregnancy and am on it again. I also suffered some postpartum depression after the birth of my first child, and someone suggested that perhaps being prone to NVP is linked to being prone for post-partum depression. I was wondering if you had heard anything to substantiate this?

The question you raise is an interesting one that we have been pondering too. However, to our knowledge, no link has been established between NVP and postpartum depression. We suggest that your manage/treat the NVP to minimize its impact. Please call our NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477 to discuss your symptoms and optimum treatment.

Since there is no evidece to date that NVP may be linked to depression or postpartum depression, or that any preventive treatment may be considered, if those conditions occur, they should be discussed with the doctor. Our Motherisk website has valuable information on depression and treatment during pregnancy. You can also get more information on the risk or safety of any medication in pregnancy or while breastfeeding from our Motherisk counselors by calling (416) 813-6780.

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