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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
Starting treatment with first symptoms

NVP Counsellor
Date: 2008-01-31

Question:
We are blessed with two beautiful, healthy children. My first pregnancy consisted of IV fluids (just once) for HG, zofran to treat the HG and zoloft to treat the depression/anxiety. The second preganancy conisisted of HG again but I was able to get on Zofran at 6 weeks and stay on it until the end of the pregnancy. Though I was depressed and anxious the first trimester I was able to enjoy the pregnancy because I stayed on the Zofran until the end (which I had to ask for since I had to go off it during the second timester during the first pregnancy). We are debating on whether having a third child as I can't 'be absent' from my family's life again. I am curious as to whether starting Zofran as soon as find out I am pregnant is a reasonable option to lessen the effects. I did not start until 10 weeks with my first pregnancy and 6 weeks with my second.

Answer:
Starting the medication as soon as the very first symptoms occur, definitely helps, as we found out in a study we conducted at Motherisk

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