Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Morning sickness can usually be addressed during routine prenatal appointments.

What you can do

To prepare for your appointment:

  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing. Include all of your symptoms, even if you don't think they're related.
  • Make a list of any medications, vitamins and other supplements you take. Write down doses and how often you take them.
  • Have a family member or close friend accompany you, if possible. You may be given a lot of information at your visit, and it can be difficult to remember everything.
  • Take a notebook or notepad with you. Use it to write down important information during your visit.
  • Think about what questions you'll ask. Write them down; list the most important questions first, in case time runs out.

Some basic questions to ask about morning sickness include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • Will nausea and vomiting last throughout my entire pregnancy?
  • Are there any medications I can take to help with my symptoms?
  • Does my condition pose any risk to my baby?
  • What self-care measures do you recommend trying?

Don't hesitate to ask follow-up questions as they occur to you during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Some potential questions your doctor or pregnancy care provider might ask include:

  • How long have you been experiencing symptoms?
  • How often do you experience bouts of nausea or vomiting?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Do you notice certain triggers for your nausea or vomiting?
  • Do you experience your symptoms at certain times during the day or all the time?
  • Are you taking a prenatal vitamin? Do you regularly take any other medications?
  • What, if anything, makes you feel better?
  • What, if anything, makes you feel worse?
Oct. 04, 2011

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