Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Diarrhoea and Vomiting under 20 weeks

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, often known as morning sickness, is very common in early pregnancy. It can affect you anytime during the day or night, and usually settles by 16-20 weeks. Some women suffer with severe sickness during pregnancy, this is called hyperemesis gravidarum and you may need to see your GP or be treated in hospital.

Diarrhoea and vomiting are not usually pregnancy related and most likely caused by gastroenteritis (a tummy bug). 

During episodes of sickness or diarrhoea it is important to remain hydrated. If you are vomiting, try to take sips of water (little and often) rather than large volumes in one go. Remember the usual advice about hand washing to protect your family and friends.

Diarrhoea can last up to 5-7 days and vomiting usually lasts up to 2 days. Link to Pharmacist.

Call 999 

Diarrhoea and vomiting is not a medical emergency, however you should call for help straight away if you have an infection (usually associated with a high temperature) and show signs of sepsis.

Signs of sepsis:

  • Slurred speech or confusion or not being able to think straight 

  • Excessive shivering 

  • Passing no urine/ wee (in a day)

  • Severe breathlessness

  •  It feels like you’re severely ill and you feel anxious or frightened

  • Skin mottled or discoloured

Contact your GP surgery (NHS 111 out of hours) today if you have any of the following:

  • You have a temperature of 38°C or above (or feel hot to touch)

  • You are unable to drink sips and there is no improvement in symptoms after 24- 48 hours

  • You have been unable to pass urine (wee) for the past 12 hours

  • You have diarrhoea for more than 7 days or vomiting for more than 3 days

  • You have a long term health condition, diabetes or take regular medications

Please alert the receptionist to your symptoms as they may wish you to wait in isolation, apart from the main waiting area.

Self-care at home if you have none of the red or amber signs above and:

  • You are able to keep down sips of water

Stay at home and get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids such as water or squash. If you are feeling sick, take small sips only. Eat when you feel able to, you don’t need to have or avoid any specific food. Contact your GP surgery if you are still worried.

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