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When to get medical advice

Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting)

Speak to your GP, obstetrician or midwife if either

  • your morning sickness is severe, or
  • you're unable to keep water down without vomiting

Urgent medical help

You may need treatment or have to go to hospital if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • being sick and unable to keep any fluids down for 24 hours
  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • losing weight
  • having very dark-coloured pee
  • not peeing as much as usual, especially if it's been more than 8 hours since you last peed
  • vomiting blood
  • feeling pain when peeing, or seeing any blood in your pee

Contact your GP, midwife or obstetrician immediately if you have any of these symptoms

Severe morning sickness - how your health professional can help

Your GP, obstetrician or midwife may:

  • give you advice on ways to help your symptoms
  • give you a sickness certificate for work if they feel you need rest
  • prescribe some medication
  • ask you to go to the maternity hospital or emergency department

Questions they might ask you

You may be asked questions to find out if:

  • you're keeping fluids down, such as water
  • you're keeping food down
  • your pee is very dark in colour
  • you have other symptoms such as pain in your tummy or pain when passing peeing
  • you have lost any weight
  • this has happened before in previous pregnancies
  • you have tried anything to help with your morning sickness

Tests for severe morning sickness

You might be offered the following examinations:

  • pulse and blood pressure tests
  • pressing gently on your tummy
  • testing your pee for signs of infection
  • testing your pee for a substance called ketones - ketones in your urine may be a sign you are becoming dehydrated

Medication for severe morning sickness

Your GP or midwife may prescribe an anti-emetic.

An anti-emetic is anti-sickness medication.

You'll be given one that's safe to take during pregnancy, if your morning sickness is severe.

It's usually prescribed as a tablet that you'll need to swallow. Always read the label to make sure you take the correct amount of medication at the correct times.

page last reviewed: 04/12/2018
next review due: 04/12/2021