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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
Understanding NVP

NVP Symptoms and Effects
Date: 1999-10-12

Question:
How come I feel so sick and unable to function, even though I don?t vomit? Why doesn?t anyone seem to take my problem seriously?

Answer:
NVP varies greatly from woman to woman. Many women do not actually vomit but feel dizzy and nauseous 24 hours a day. Anyone who dismisses this condition as a "normal part of pregnancy", should be reminded how it felt on that roller coaster ride, boat and plane, or during their last bout of stomach flu. You might then ask them to imagine what it would mean to feel like that for days, weeks or months! Be persistent. There are ways to treat your nausea. If your doctor can?t be persuaded by you, suggest that he/she call the NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477. Or call us yourself. We will be pleased to share information on recent studies of NVP and ways to treat it.

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