The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) Helpline is a bilingual service whose specially trained counselors offer unique help, support and counseling to healthcare providers and women experiencing "morning sickness". It is the only such service worldwide.
The information contained in this site is intended only for Canadian residents. The information is not meant to suggest any medical course of action. Rather, it is intended to inform and to raise awareness so that these issues can be raised for discussion with qualified healthcare professionals. Medical practices, products and/or regulations can be different from one country to another and as a result, medical and/or product information may not be appropriate for use in your country.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Whether this is your first or not, your pregnancy is a unique moment you want to enjoy fully while pursuing your usual family, professional and social activities.
Like the majority of pregnant women, you may experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), commonly called morning sickness at least for a portion of your pregnancy. You are fortunate if you have no signs of morning sickness or nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Some women experience mild to moderate symptoms, while others may have to cope with a more severe form of NVP called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which may lead to dehydration and require hospitalization. Time of onset, duration and severity of NVP symptoms vary from one pregnancy to another. There is no way of predicting how long your morning sickness symptoms will last.
Seeking advice from a qualified healthcare professional should be your first step, whether you are already pregnant or planning a pregnancy. He or she will evaluate your condition, your medical history, your morning sickness or NVP symptoms and your needs in vitamin and mineral supplements and will recommend appropriate actions.
Eat properly, keep taking your prenatal multivitamins, take the time to relax, do exercise that you can perform safely, share your experience, ask your family and friends for support. These are all things that can help enjoy your pregnancy and cope with pregnancy discomforts, especially morning sickness or nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), which, in most cases, starts in the early stage of pregnancy.
Take the time to learn more about your NVP symptoms, especially if it is your first pregnancy or, if you have experienced no symptoms during your previous pregnancy but they are occurring in your current pregnancy. Each pregnancy is unique. Do not let your NVP - with our without vomiting, - become more severe without talking to your healthcare provider. He or she will assess your symptoms and advise you accordingly to help you pursue your daily activities.
Go to the top of this page and click on the specific headings or simply click on the highlighted words to know more about NVP (morning sickness), What to do, Frequently Asked Questions and Pregnancy Resources.
We wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy as well as an enjoyable maternity.