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Monday, October 31, 2005


I have been experiencing extreme nausea throughout the day, as well as extreme bloatedness and very painful wind. (I am 9 weeks pregnant).

My docter doesn't want to prescribe me anything - he says they 'try not to' unless the patient is hospitalised and not keeping anything down.

Do you have any suggestions? I have tried ginger nuts, peppermint tea, dry toast, etc. Nothing seems to work. Surely, a little medication can't do any harm just until the worst of this first trimester is over?


Dear Ludine,

The most sensitive time in a baby's development is the first trimester. Certain medications can cause severe birth defects. Most doctors (myself included) will not prescribe medication in the first trimester unless it is medically necessary.

The nausea and other side effects will go away by themselves, usually by the end of the first trimester.



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