You were excited to learn that you were pregnant, but has nausea and vomiting (NVP) affected how you feel?
Since 50% to 80% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, it is incorrectly perceived as being normal, and their symptoms are not taken seriously.
It is natural to want to experience this special time without any complications. Early diagnosis and treatment of NVP will stop your symptoms from getting worse so that you can fully enjoy your pregnancy.
NVP is sometimes incorrectly referred to as "morning sickness." However, it can appear at any time of day, and even last all day. Women experience NVP in various degrees, generally starting at 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy, peaking at 7 to 12 weeks and ending at 16 weeks. Unfortunately, in about 10% of pregnancies, NVP can last longer, sometimes until delivery.
Even in mild cases, you should discuss the following symptoms with your doctor:
Acute cases of NVG can result in hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), or severe vomiting. HG occurs in approximately 1% of pregnancies and causes persistent vomiting resulting in dehydration and weight loss. In such cases, hospitalization may be required.
See a doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of dehydration.
Dietary and lifestyle changes should be considered first when treating NVP. When these are not effective, medication should also be considered.
There is no evidence that dietary deficiencies during the early weeks of pregnancy will have long-term consequences on pregnancy outcome. Other than in cases of severe malnutrition, the body will provide adequate nutrition to the fetus, sometimes at the expense of the mother’s nutritional needs.
“Natural products” have been used for a long time during pregnancy, since they are often considered safe. However, these products are not regulated by government agencies as prescription medications are. In fact, very few of these products have been studied scientifically for use in pregnancy. You should always discuss the use of any natural products during pregnancy with a health care professional before taking them.
Diclectin® has been used for more than 30 years and is the only medication for nausea and vomiting specifically indicated to manage NVP in any trimester of pregnancy. It is recommended by several organisations such as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (Motherisk program).
You don’t have to put up with NVP. You can benefit from treatments that have been proven to be safe and effective without feeling guilty. Early diagnosis and treatment of NVP will help you continue with your daily activities and make the most of your pregnancy.
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