Up to 80% of women experience nausea in pregnancy. Just over 50% of pregnant women experience vomiting. Known as ‘morning sickness’ the nausea or vomiting can occur at any time of the day. Starting about the 5th week of pregnancy, 50% of women report their nausea and/or vomiting has passed by 14 weeks of pregnancy. By 22 weeks 90% of women have relief. The exact cause of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy remains a mystery. Research indicates that there may be a link to changing levels hormones in early pregnancy.
Most cases of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy do not harm you or your baby.
A small number of women will experience severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and need further care. Please contact your midwife or doctor if any of the following occurs:
The following suggestions may help you find some relief:
Many over the counter preparations are available. Please discuss these with your midwife or doctor before trying them. Over the counter preparations include:
If dietary and over the counter preparations do not help elevate the symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy prescription medication may be recommended by your midwife or doctor.
One medication commonly prescribed is Maxolon. Typically is taken three times a day spread evenly apart over the day for maximum effect. Maxolon should be taken 30 minutes prior to meals. Maxolon is rated a category A drug which have been taken by a large number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age without any proven increase in the frequency of malformations or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the fetus having been observed.
Maxolon works by helping block a chemical in your brain which causes nausea and vomiting. Maxolon also acts by increasing the contractions of your stomach and by tightening the muscles at the entry to your stomach and relaxing the ones at the exit of your stomach. The result is food passes through more quickly and decreases the risk of vomiting.
Maxalon may have side effects. If you take Maxalon contact your midwife or doctor if you have any of the following symptoms and they are concerning you:
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You have stated that maxolon is a category A.. This is actually incorrect and giving pregnant woman misleading information.
Dear Amanda - the information on this page is accurate. Maxolon (or Metoclopramide which is its generic name) is a category A drug as classified by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. You can search drugs and their classifications on this website www.tga.gov.au/hp/medicines-pregnancy.htm
Could you please paste a direct link as I have searched the website and can not find it.. Through my nursing studies and research (including MIMS which in the medication guide for doctors and nurses) and 4 pregnancies of my own (with hyperemersis with 2 of those) I have I only known maxolon to be a cat B as there has not been sufficient testing on humans to establish the safely of the baby.
Dear Amanda - the direct link is in my previous post. You have to scroll through the pop up box and click on "I have read and understood the information above ..." before you can search for "Metoclopramide". TGA only uses generic drug names. If you go and look at a current MIMS - it has Maxolon listed as a category A drug. The article above is accurate. This article was reviewed before posting by a midwifery professor who teaches pharmacology. If you have any questions about drugs in pregnancy or lactation another excellent source of accurate information is Mothersafe www.mothersafe.org.au
Amanda is correct. You need to review the information that has been provided In regards to the safety of Maxalon to unborn babies.