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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: Planning ahead
Being ready for NVP

Coping
Date: 2001-02-02

Question:
I have already given birth to a beautiful baby girl six years ago. I am now considering having another baby. Problem is that I got so sick during my first pregnancy that I vowed never to have another child again in life! My husband would very much like to have another child and is asking for me to seek advice from professionals as to what I can take to ease the NVP. I am in the US and I don't believe they prescribe Diclectin here. What are the substitutes?

Answer:
No two pregnancies are alike, so you might be luckier the second time around. To prepare yourself, you could take a vitamin B6 supplement and at the very first sign of NVP symptoms, you could also take 40 mg of doxylamine succinate (available as Unisom in the United States). Vitamin B6 and doxylamine succinate are the 2 ingredients in Diclectin, and are known to be safe at any time during pregnancy. They will not increase the 1% to 3% baseline risk of malformation. Speak to an obstetrician who is familiar with hyperemesis gravidarum, before you get pregnant.

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