Getting support and FAQs

You do not need to suffer Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy in silence and there are a number of simple things that can help. Speak with your doctor or nurse about how best to manage your symptoms. This will hopefully help you feel as well as possible.

Frequently asked questions

How will Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy affect me?

As the severity of Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy can vary, some women may find that the condition, also known as morning sickness, has little impact on them. However, for 40% of pregnant women, Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy can interfere with daily life.

It is important that you assess your symptoms and seek help from your doctor or nurse if the condition is having a negative impact on you or your family.

Some women have noted that the condition can lead to:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • feelings of isolation
  • reduction in the quality of their lives and their general well-being

Up to 40% of working pregnant women need time off due to their nausea and vomiting. However speaking to your doctor or nurse and following some of the advice on this website will help you get the support you need to make the right decision for you.

Should I talk to my doctor or nurse?

If you have Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy, you may find that the condition affects your work or social and family life. However, it is important to know that you are not alone and you can speak with your doctor or nurse about how best to manage your symptoms.

Managing your Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy

Warning signs to watch out for

If you are vomiting and can’t keep any food or drink down, you could become dehydrated or malnourished. You should contact your doctor or nurse immediately 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 or a fever
  • vomit blood
  • have repeated, unstoppable vomiting

More information about how to assess the severity of your symptoms and how to prepare for your appointment with your doctor or nurse is included on the ‘Prepare for your next appointment and assess your symptoms’ page of this website.

More information

Further information and support

For more information about Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy, including the management of your symptoms, please speak with your healthcare professional. Information and support is also available at: