When should I talk to my doctor about morning sickness?

We know that morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy and very common. We also know it can be really hard to deal with! It can leave you feeling sick and isolated (especially if most people don’t know you’re pregnant).

So the question is “When should I talk to my doctor about morning sickness?” Can they really help? Or is it something you need to manage yourself?

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Talk it out baby!

Your doctor is there to provide support and advice during pregnancy, so don’t hold back.

Keep the communication open and let them know how you are really going. Being open usually means you build a stronger relationship and to some extent get better care.

It’s not just about the symptoms, it’s about the symptoms and how you are coping overall.

So the simple answer to the question “When should I talk to my doctor about morning sickness?” is talk to your doctor about any pregnancy symptoms right from the start.

A minority of doctors have a terrible habit of treating women like ‘host vessels’ instead of human beings during pregnancy. If your doctor seems dismissive or uninterested in how you are managing during your pregnancy, it’s time to seek different or extra support.

When natural remedies don’t cut it

While many of us can manage our morning sickness through things like natural remedies and managing our aversions and trigger, for some this isn’t enough and medication may have a role.

It may be worth considering using medication to manage your morning sickness symptom if:

  • You’re constantly feeling sick and vomit a lot.
  • The combination of work commitments and morning sickness are becoming overwhelming 
  • You’re juggling your pregnancy nausea and vomiting while also caring for small children that demand, and need, your attention.
  • You’re feeling overwhelmed by being sick all the time.

Using prescription medication to manage your morning sickness symptoms may not be ideal or what you expected you would need during your pregnancy. But depending on your circumstances it may be the pathway for you.

The best thing to do is discuss your morning sickness symptoms with your doctor or medical practitioner who can talk you through the specific morning sickness medication options. Talking about morning sickness medication options doesn’t mean you need to take them. Worst case – you walk away more informed about your options for managing morning sickness symptoms. Best case – you find some morning sickness relief. 

Medication and morning sickness

It is not always possible to avoid taking medication when you have severe morning sickness symptoms.

You’re not less of a mum, being weak or doing something wrong if you need medicine to help manage your morning sickness.

When should I talk to my doctor about morning sickness? Image of a toy bear doctor, with medication in the background.

Each pregnancy is different and each situation is unique. The most important thing you can do is look after yourself. Caring for yourself at this point is caring for your baby. There are a number of different medications used to treat severe morning sickness symptoms.

Some medicines will help prevent morning sickness vomiting, but the feelings of nausea will persist. Other medicines address both the morning sickness vomiting and nausea.  What’s best for you will depend on your specific symptoms and needs.

After discussing it with a medical professional you might find yourself taking one or more of the following drugs:

  • Doxylamine with pyridoxine
  • Prochlorperazine
  • Metoclopramide
  • Ondansetron (Zofran)
  • Mirtazapine
  • Corticosteroids

Reading those names might seems like you are reading a foreign language, but there are plenty of trusted sites that can inform you about the details of those drugs:

Taking immediate action for severe symptoms

If you are suffering from severe morning sickness symptoms you may need some extra support and treatment. This is where you really need to talk to your doctor! Make sure you seek medical advice right away if you:

  • Vomit repeatedly and feel that you can’t stop
  • Have any blood in your vomit
  • Are losing weight (especially if you have lost more than 5% of your pre-pregnancy weight).
  • Have any cramping or pain in your belly
  • Think you may be dehydrated. Possible signs of dehydration include not weeing very much, having dark yellow urine, or feeling dizzy when you stand up.
  • If your feelings of nausea persist for more than four or five hours at a time and it seems to be getting worse.

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