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How much sickness is too much?

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PeachesandPie · 06/03/2017 07:09

I've been sick 11 times in the past 12 hours, not slept a wink due to nausea when not being sick. I'm 6 weeks and until I started being sick last night I'd been extremely nauseous but not actually sick. I've been sick twice since my half slice of toast at 6.30 Sad. Should I be concerned with how much I'm being sick?

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justanotheryoungmother · 06/03/2017 07:23

Poor OP Sad

That sounds horrible but there are people who are unlucky and get terrible morning sickness, I think you've unfortunately got the short straw and have really, really, really bad morning sickness. I don't think it's anything to worry about, I think there's something that the GP can prescribe to take the edge off, but please don't worry, it's just unfortunate SadFlowers

ScottishLady7 · 06/03/2017 07:28

The concern with sickness is not managing to keep down fluids (and food, but moreso fluid).
It sounds like you are vomiting a lot. Perhaps just a blip but it doesn't hurt to be organised and maybe make a GP appointment for this week if you can, to arrange to get some anti sickness medication just in case.
In extreme scenarios some people need to be admitted to hospital for fluid drips into the vein to hydrate them.
That is very uncommon but does happen.

Sorry for the long post. Basically, you need fluids and vomiting lots makes this difficult. Take little sips often to keep yourself hydrated but if it persists, see your GP pronto. :)

Coreynkayden · 06/03/2017 09:02

Im in the same boat iv had sickness now for 7 weeks im 11 weeks today and this morning bin throwing up once againSad iv had 2 boys and wasnt noting like this my sickness is 100× worse this time :(

Fluteytootey · 06/03/2017 09:04

I would get a GP appointment if you're vomiting that much. They will check for ketones in your urine (which will show if you're dehydrated). I had to take a trip to hospital to be rehydrated on Friday so definitely don't ignore it. Hope you feel better soon. It's absolutely vile, I feel your pain!

Tfoot75 · 06/03/2017 09:06

You'll have to wait and see if it settles down as could be a stomach bug if it's only been going on 12 hours. I got a stomach bug at about 6 weeks with dc2, settled down for a day then the next day pregnancy sickness started, I was still dehydrated from the bug so went on antisickness meds the next day and stayed on them til about 20 weeks.

cushioncovers · 06/03/2017 09:06

Agree with others you need to be able to keep fluids down otherwise you will feel worse. Get a gp app and see if they can give you some antiemetic and test your urine.

Leatherboundanddown · 06/03/2017 09:11

You poor thing. I am not going to minimise this. I was sick like this until 28 weeks and it was utterly debilitating. Lots of people will tell you it is normal and to just put up with it, you don't have to. See your gp asap and ask for some medication especially if you have a job to hold down/other people to look after.

I barely ate and was nearly very poorly because nobody took me seriously. I sometimes managed to keep an ice lolly down.

Look after yourself.

BikeRunSki · 06/03/2017 09:18

Medically, "Too muc" is when you become dehydrated (dark wee), but the emotional impact can hit much sooner.

As others have said, please see your GP. There are safe medications you can take to help control the nausea. I was very similar, from a similar stage in both my pg, and had to be rehydrated on a hospital drop several times. It was a very grim time.

Pregnancy Sickness Support is a very helpful website.

For hydration, I just about managed melting ice cubes in my mouth, gradually moving on to lemon ice lollies!

You have my every sympathy OP, but please don't grin and bear it, there is help available.

Also, of you are working, please know that pregnancy related sickness can not be used against you. Ie: it is recorded, but does not. count against you for disciplinary purposes.

babyunicornvomit · 06/03/2017 09:43

I had morning sickness weeks 6-16 (19+2 now) and it was bad (more nausea than actually sickness) so when at 16 weeks I started feeling like you've described - constant vomiting, can't keep food down - I went to the doctor. Turns out I had gastro and a quite severe bug.

I'd say if it doesn't fit in with your recent 'pattern' then get checked out, maybe give it 24 hours?

Lunalovepud · 06/03/2017 10:28

You don't have to suffer - please see your GP for some options.

As pps have said, it could be a stomach bug which could resolve or it could be the start of pregnancy sickness or even HG.

Sympathy to you op - it's rubbish.

Hope you are soon feeling better.

Vida32 · 06/03/2017 10:40

I have had several bouts of extreme sickness in this pregnancy, alongside normal morning sickness. It's never developed to a level to be HG but I went through a phase of being very, very sick for 6-12 hours every 3-4 weeks. Those episodes have got less and less as pregnancy has gone on. As people have said, anti-sickness medication is an option (though I have felt just about able to cope without this).

There is advice online from the NHS about when to see a doctor here:

The key points on the website (pasted below) are, contact your doctor/midwife, right away if you:

  • have very dark-coloured urine or do not pass urine for more than eight hours
  • are unable to keep food or fluids down for 24 hours
  • feel severely weak, dizzy or faint when standing up
  • have abdominal (tummy) pain
  • have a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • vomit blood

Also if you have symptoms of a UTI.

Are you able to keep fluids down at all? The best advice I had was to take very small sips. A sip of water. Then wait a few minutes and have a sip of squash. Then wait again and another sip of water. Don't try glugging down whole glasses of stuff at first. Or suck on an ice cube.
Then, if that stays down, try a couple of sips and build up slowly and steadily.

If you are not keeping fluids down at all, I would only give it a few more hours before giving your midwife/GP a call, as you don't want to wait to hit 24 hours at 9 o'clock this evening and still be in the same state (although you could ring 111/MAU at your local hospital that point). Obviously, I'm not a doctor, so this is just based on my experience. Do have a look at the rest of guidance above too and you can always ring your GP/midwife if you're not sure what to do - they won't mind. Though you might not have a number for the midwife yet at six weeks?

If you are keeping some fluids down, try to rest as much as possible as I think it has been shown that tiredness increases sickness.
Then, if you can build up fluids, try to build up some food as well. Dry crackers, dry toast, plain boiled rice, that sort of thing, worked for me.

Really hope you feel better soon. I know how miserable it can be. Flowers
PeachesandPie · 06/03/2017 17:28

Thank you all for your lovely replies. I went to my GP this afternoon and have been prescribed something to help with the nausea. They also suspect a uti so got some antibiotics for that too. Managing to have small sips of water and hope to be able to eat some toast or crackers later.

I hope everyone else suffering feels better soon Flowers

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user1471512021 · 06/03/2017 18:58

Hi, I had this, was sick 7+ Times a day for a week or so. I thought it was fairly normal but I turned out to be very dehydrated and ended up in hospital on a drip for 4 days tobe rehydrated and was given anti-emetics through iv and diagnosed with hg. Had a lovely gp too, who signed me off work for 4 weeks. Please do take it seriously and don't let people minimse it, morning sickness is horrible but hg can be very serious and debilitating! I really feel for you, the first thing I was able to eat was jelly and sherbet lemons and found drinking from a straw easier to keep down too, maybe you could try those when you start to feel a little better from the meds x

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