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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
Not everyone gets NVP

NVP Counselor
Date: 2005-04-27

Question:
I just recently got pregnant, i took a test yesterday and its positive, my whole point of contacting you is because i have a fobia (not sure if spelt correctly) of vomitting, and i don't feel sick yet, and i am in schooll, so i was wondering if there is a way of preventing it, or something i can take. this fobia if very serious since a child of vomitting. please get back to me asap thank you

Answer:
First of all remember that not all pregnant women experience NVP. Statistically, 50% to 80% do and mostly during the first trimester. Some of these women suffer mostly from nausea, and never vomit. So just remain hopeful that you may not be affected, but be prepared.

At the first sign of nausea, start eating differently. Avoid means and eat frequent small snacks (1 or 2 bites every 1 or 2 hours). Do this day and night to avoid having an empty stomach. Also, do not mix food with large amounts of liquid.

If symptoms become difficult, treatment is available. In Canada, the approved drug is Diclectin. Its equivalent in other countries is Vitamin B6 and doxylamine succinate. This combination is discussed in previous Q&A's when Diclection is not available. You and your doctor may also want to view our NVP treatment algorithm.

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