nausea again, is anti-sickness medication best??

I've not stopped being sick really from day 1. At 16 weeks the midwife advised me to go to the docs for anti-sickness medication, I did at 18 weeks and at 20ish weeks was diagnosed with anaemia. the anti-sickness medication has worked, and I was told to only take it when I needed it. which was getting to a point where I didn't need it at all. Having a very high metabolism the only way to make sure I keep gaining weight in any form is not to be sick.

Now I've had to go back up to taking the anti-sickness medication 3 times a day, feeling constantly nauseous and having on off diarrhoea when the iron tablets should be making me constipated. The doctor has recommended for now I stay on the anti-sickness tablets, but it does say that during the third trimester can cause some minor developmental problems for the baby (I'm now 27 weeks). However if I don't stay on them and start being sick again I could be causing damage by losing weight.

Anyone experienced similar or have any advice??

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I'd have a chat with ur consultant.. they may put u on different ones.. ring ur hospital and all be put thru tour consultants Secretary consultant name should be on ur Blue notes


It may be a long shot, but acupuncture has been shown to be effective in managing nausea and depending on where you live, it may be offered at NHS. If it is not and you still want to give it a try, make sure that the acupuncturist is registered and has experience treating pregnant women. Check out the following

I used acupressure bands throughout the first trimester which proved very effective but my nausea may have been lighter than yours.


Thanks, may try that. been using acupressure bands to, but they haven't been that useful. Feeling worse and worse at mo so rang hospital, still waiting for them to ring back


I took anti sickness medication from 6 weeks till birth because of hyperemesis and I know loads of women who've done the same. I don't understand how use in the third trimester can cause developmental problems because the baby is full developed by the end of the first trimester and I don't know of any antiemetics which can cause any developmental problems at all. There's more information about safety of common antiemetics at and Pregnancy Sickness Support have information about medications here pregnancysicknesssupport.or... There is very limited evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture and no evidence that it's any use in severe cases. Anecdotally, it's very hit and miss, more miss than hit. If you can afford it it probably wont' do any harm, but I wouldn't rely on it, I'd have a good back up plan of antiemetics. If you get much worse, you should really admit yourself through A&E or your maternity assessment unit and get checked out, if you're dehydrated you'll probably need IV fluids, especially in this weather. Women with hyperemesis often have a relapse in the third trimester, cruel but true, they get a few weeks of thinking things are getting better then it hits them again. If you want to talk to someone who knows what it's like and who knows a lot about pregnancy sickness, contact Pregnancy Sickness Support. pregnancysicknesssupport.or...


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