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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.

Worries about maintaining a healthy diet

Date: 2001-04-30

I am a 7 week pregnant, 32 year old woman. This is my first pregnancy and I have been experiencing extreme nausea. My gynecologist prescribed Diclectin to relieve the nausea, but after taking it for a few days, I stopped using it as it caused severe drowsiness. Apart from taking Diclectin, the only other measures that I have been taking for the nausea are those described in the Healthy Beginnings handbook. But so far, I have had no relief. Otherwise, I am in good health. The problem is that I feel this nausea 24 hours a day and I find it very difficult to carry on a normal life. Although, to date, I rarely vomit, the nausea is unbearable at times. It is a vicious circle since any food I eat makes me nauseous, even when I am hungry. My diet lately has consisted mainly of fruit, soda crackers, and some very light soup, which are the only foods that don't make me feel nauseous. I also frequently have indigestion and, on rare occasions, diarrhea. I drink enough liquids every day, but worry about the fetus' health since I can't stomach what would be considered to be a well-balanced diet. In the last 7 weeks, I have actually lost two or three pounds. This really worries me. I would like to know if it is normal to feel sick not only in the morning but 24 hours per day. Do you have any recommendations? Also, how can I meet the fetus' nutritional needs while enduring this sickness? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I am getting desperate with this relentless sickness.

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is so common (especially in the first trimester) that it affects 50% to 80% of all pregnant women. For most, it can last all day and make it difficult to carry on a normal life.

Eating right can be most difficult. But since you still seem to be able to eat and drink and are probably taking vitamin supplements, maintaining a perfectly well-balanced diet should not worry you too much. For more information, please phone our NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477. We might also be able to give you information on how to deal with the possible side effects of Diclectin.

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