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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.

Dehydration

Coping
Date: 2002-04-29

Question:
I used to live in Toronto, but am now living in NZ where there doesn't seem to be much awareness of how debilitating nausea can be. My own doctor just shrugs her shoulders and says "That's pregnancy for you" (which isn't very helpful).

I don't know what to eat, although I try to eat all day long -- apples, cheese, muesli bars, carrots, boiled eggs, toast, milkshakes, Smoothies, etc. But I am still sick, especially in the evening for some reason. I am in my 16th week and I keep thinking it will all be over soon, but it seems to be getting worse, not better.

I also think I am very dehydrated -- I find I can't drink water or it makes me feel ill. As a result, I have had bad headaches, and I am not urinating much.

All of this has had an impact on my ability to work ( I am in a fairly high-stress senior management job and I am finding it difficult to keep on top of everything), and on my partner. He's frustrated and doesn't know what to do for me or how to help me, try as he might. And I end up feeling depressed and upset because I feel I'm letting everyone down. Anyway, I don't mean to whine, but I do need some advice. There just doesn't seem to be much support here.

Answer:
We are sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult period due to your NVP with seemingly no help available. As you are aware in Canada we use Diclectin, containing 10 mg of Vitamin B6 and 10 mg of doxylamine succinate in each delayed release pill. Most women take 4 pills a day.

You might want to review the questions and answers below (When Diclectin is not available),to see how B6 and doxylamine are taken in other countries, where available, and all info about their safety. February 2002 Update

Severe NVP should be treated to avoid dehydration and you should go to a doctor or your local hospital if you believe that your inability to drink or pass urine sufficiently might become a problem.

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