Post # 1
7 weeks pregnant now. I’ve suffered from morning (all-day) nausea since week 4. It seems to be getting worse every day; I don’t know what to do about it!
I see my doctor on Feb 25, and I’ll ask for Diclectin then (used it with my first and it was just like magic). But until then, how to manage morning nausea?
Anyone else have their symptoms getting worse as time goes by?
Post # 3
I hear you. I called my doctor for nausea meds, but it was a no-go. Mine seems to do best when I drink a bit of water with lemon juice in the morning and then eat a light breakfast afterwards, sometimes just a banana at first. It’s less bothersome so long as I never, ever let myself get hungry!
The doctor said to go for ice cold drinks and ice cubes or popsicles, and he also suggested taking my prenatals at night.
Post # 4
Ask your doctor for Zofran (generic ondansetron), honestly, it’s the only way I can make it through the day without hovering over a toilet all day.
Post # 5
@mommytobee: I had to take Zofran as well, but I hear they won’t prescribe it in Canada (I’m assuming since you mentioned Dilectin you live there?). It’s funny, because here in the US, you aren’t likely to be prescribed Dilectin, so it’s interesting to see the differences.
Dilectin is essentially just Vitamin B-6 and an antihistamine. Lot’s of people self-prescribe this in the US by buying Vitamin B-6 and Unisom over the counter and combining them. I tried that before going on zofran, and it did nothing for me—but if Dilectin worked for you in the past, go to a pharmacy and buy some and give it a go!
Honestly, even with Zofran, I was miserable until 14-15 weeks (I’m 17 weeks now). RIght now, I just have come-and-go nausea, which is a vast improvement. I just had to wait it out. =(
Edited to add: Weeks 7-11 1/2 weeks were the absolute MOST MISERABLE for me. At 12 weeks, I got *minimally* better (still nauseous 24/7, but able to function without crying constantly, and able to eat slightly more foods), by 14 1/2 weeks I was able to eat more normal foods, and right now, I’m at 80% of normal. Big Improvement!
Post # 6
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@BookGirrl: Dilectin isn’t prescribed in the US because it was yanked off the market here after some study was done and people got weird about it. But it’s available just about everywhere else in the world, so don’t let us scare you. 😉
And yes, Dilectin is just B6 + Unisom (a sleep aid). You can replicate the same effect withut a prescription by taking that until you can get your hands on an actual prescription (or you know, just indefinitely). I had problems taking it any time but at night due to the Unisom, but if you’ve taken Dilectin before then you already know what you can and can’t handle. Dosages of the B6 and Unisom may vary based on your doctor. I was splitting my B6 and Unisom tablets in half with good results, which was kind of splitting the difference between what my OB recommended and what my RE recommended. But both thought the combo was safe and a great way to manage nausea.
I had pretty constant levels of nausea right until I flipped into my second trimester, at which point I was utterly miserable for a couple of weeks until it went away.
Post # 7
@Mrs. Lox: OH, I’m not scared—that’s why I said I’d tried it myself with Unisom and B6 before going on Zofran. =) I just said it isn’t prescribed in the US, and Zofran isn’t prescribed in Canada, so if the OP lives there, she won’t be able to get Zofran.
Post # 8
I’m not pregnant yet but get nausea frequently for other health issues. These are my go-to’s:
Ginger tea, gingerale, or anything ginger.
Starbust or lemon hard candies
Emetrol (safe for pregnant women)
Look in the “sea sick” section of your drug store. Lots can be found there. I love the ginger gum they have. Lots of people swear by the sea bands that you wear on your wrists.
Post # 9
I find that the only thing that gets me through the day is constant eating. Like, every ten minutes, I take a bite of something. So I stopped eating “meals” and instead just keep a bagel, a cup of grapes, or a bag of crackers next to me. If I miss a 10 minute snack, my body lets me know.
Post # 10
@mommytobee: aw hunny I’m so sorry! :'( I feel your pain! Don’t be afraid to call your doctor before your next appointment, especially if it’s getting that bad. I had morning sickness since week 2 or so and *still* have it at nearly week 21. For me it got considerably worse from weeks 9 and on. I sometimes can’t get through a day without medication, I’d be throwing up every single thing I ate. For me, nothing helps. Crackers, ginger ale, unisom, b-6- these are all worth a try though! Just saying I have gone through every remedy in the books and only found relief through Phenergan (Zofran only gave me horrible constipation and I was still throwing up).
If you’re having severe morning sickness (getting dehydrated, unable to function or keep prenatals down)- seek help! It’s certainly not something to let go untreated as it can really be horrible and feel horrible and be bad all-round for the baby if you’re not getting the food and rest you need. 🙁 Hopefully for you it will be over by the 2nd tri- but even if it’s not- most doctors won’t hesistate to prescribe zofran or phenergan (generics I found to be relatively cheap, too!). I’m so sorry you’re miserable. I know how awful it can be, for sure! D: Hang in there!!
Post # 11
Ooh, I should also add if you’re going to try unisom to make sure to get the original version. the maximum strength or gels are of a different formula and contain a different medication that isn’t approved for pregnant women. Originally unisom was prescribed for people with nausea- but worked so well that now it’s used as a sleep aid- go figure! It’s completely safe and my doctor told me to try this combo (usually 25 mg of B6 and one unisom at bed, or just B6 in the morning). It can make you VERY sleepy at first but I found I am not so prone to this side effect after taking it at night for a month or two. Worth a shot! I still take B6 twice a day and it seems to help a tiny bit, at least in addition to my phenergan (also an antihistamine). Hope this helps.
Post # 12
I’m not pregnant but I have lots of nausea because of a medical condition. For me it helps to not ever let myself get hungry and gingerale or toast usually works to combat the nausea. I also have a peppermint candy when I’m feeling nauseaus and this tends to help me out alot