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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
NVP and Thirst

NVP Counsellor
Date: 2008-02-12

Does anyone have any advice on getting fluids in. I am constantly thirsty but have a tinfoil taste in my mouth that makes fluid taste aweful. I can't tolerate water or juice and have never been able to tolerate milk on its own (due to lactose intolerance). I seem to be able to keep down tea with a little miik and sugar but this has caffine so I am not sure how much this helps. I am afraid of becoming dehydrated as I just seem to throw everything up. I am already on diclectin which seems to have helped the severity of my symptoms as I was throwing up at least 10 or more times per day before. Now it is down to three or four, but it seems to always be after drinking something - whether stomache is empty or full. thanks

A pregnant woman should try to consume at least 2 litres of fluids per day in small frequent amounts and always eat and drink separately. Colder fluids including ice chips and popsicles appear to be easier to tolerate and may decrease the metallic taste in the mouth. In addition, there are commercial products available that maintain the electrolyte balance such as sports drinks etc. For more detailed informtion, you may want to call our toll free NVP line at 1 800 436-8477 and speak to one of our specially trained counselors.

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