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Hello Doctor, this is the first time I happened to consult a Doctor on my internet, that is because I am at my mom's place and there is no Doctor available presently to suggest me regarding my problem. I am 3 months pregnant and this is my first pregnancy. I have got my physician's appointment next week. The last time I visited my physician I gave my blood for the tests and all came out normal. An ultra sound abdomen was also done. The report was also normal. But from last one week I have this nauseating feeling and I have vomited twice yesterday. I don't feel like eating anything. I lost my appetite on food. I want to know if something is wrong with me, if not what is the reason? Do I have stomach infection? Is there any home remedy to tackle this problem? Please suggest me something.


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Expert:  Dr. John Monheit replied 4 Days.

Hi, Thanks for posting your query. Firstly I congratulate for your first pregnancy.

The symptoms that you have mentioned, do not suggest a stomach infection, you are most probably suffering from morning sickness. It is usually seen in first pregnancy and more so it starts around 4-6 weeks of pregnancy and may continue till about 16 weeks, sometimes peak around 3rd month (12 weeks).

Usually it presents in the early hours, and reduces as the day progresses. In some cases, however, it may continue and present in the similar way all throughout the day. The exact cause for this is unknown, but high levels of the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which increases during pregnancy is attributed to the relaxation of lower oesophageal opening leading to reflux of stomach contents leading to vomitings.

This discomfort can be minimised by having small feeds at more frequent intervals and avoiding spicy and oily foods that precipitate the symptoms. It is advisable to consult your physician as soon as possible because the condition, if severe can cause more vomitings, dehydration and weight loss.

Hope this is of some help.


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