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Pregnant, suffering from morning sickness, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, constipation. Can I have prunes during pregnancy?

Hi, there. Thank you for taking the time to read this. My wife is into her eight week of pregnancy. She is really suffering from the morning sickness . She has been vomiting four to six times a day. As soon as she wakes up in the morning, she feels really dizzy and needs help sometimes to get to the bathroom. She has really bad dizzy spells and headaches. She is on ferrous sulphate tablets, 1 twice a day. She is also suffering from constipation . She is going once every three to four days. Could constipation be causing her to vomit more? Medications she is on are, vitamin d tablet, 1000 mcg, one, three times a day. Ferrous sulpate, one twice a day. Folic acid one a day.Before pregnancy she was really low on iron and vitamin d. Are prunes okay to take while pregnant? I have heard these are really good for relieving constipation. Thanks for reading this. Regards Kamran.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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OBGYN 's  Response
Morning sickness usually subsides as the pregnancy advances into the second trimester. Your wife should take the anti-emetic given by her doctor, in bed in the morning before rising, and follow it up after sometime with something she can tolerate easily. Constipation could be so inconvenient at this stage and this could aggravate the morning sickness and the headaches. She can take prunes, lot of fresh fruits excluding papaya,and vegetables, to increase the fiber intake in the diet to relieve constipation. Iron and calcium supplements may also cause constipation. Intake of lot of fluid is recommended. Foods with lot of oil, cream, spicy and deep fried should be avoided. Stress management also goes a long way in the treatment. Please get further instructions from your doctor. Good luck.
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Akhilesh Dubey's  Response
welcome to HCM,
This is common in pregnancy called Emesis Gravidarum, If this is mild than it is patho-physiological condition and reduces gradually in 12 weeks.
Possible causes are Hormone changes of pregnancy, hypoglycemia relative,
Increased sensitivity to odors.
She should take care of her diet specially in early morning like biscuits of glucose and possibly avoid non veg stuff for few weeks.
She can take fresh fruits and fiber in diet to avoid constipation please also take adequate water.
I suggest to discuss about iron supplement may be with hold for some time till vomiting subsides, and different iron salt may be tried to see which one is tolerated best.
Dried plums or Prunes may be taken in limited amounts.
There are good anti emetics which works in pregnancy may be prescribed by your Gynecologist please visit her.
For her even constipation is not good so take care of diet and intake of water.
She must continue to take Folic acid supplement.
Please do not worry every thing will improve in few weeks time.
Have safe motherhood.
Good Luck.

Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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