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When to get medical advice for morning sickness

Speak to your GP, obstetrician or midwife if your morning sickness is severe, or if you're unable to keep water down without vomiting.

When to see your GP, midwife or obstetrician urgently

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 urine (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

How they 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 urine (pee) is very dark in colour
  • you have other symptoms such as pain in your tummy or pain when passing urine (peeing)
  • you have lost any weight
  • this has happened before in previous pregnancies
  • you have tried anything to help with your morning sickness

Medical examinations you might have

You might be offered the following examinations:

  • pulse and blood pressure tests
  • pressing gently on your tummy
  • testing your urine (pee) for signs of infection
  • testing your urine (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' 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