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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is extreme, ongoing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that can lead to dehydration and /or weight loss. This condition is much more severe than “morning sickness”.

Symptoms Include:

  • Severe nausea that lasts beyond the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Severe, persistent nausea accompanied by vomiting.
  • Inability to keep fluids down.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting spells.
  • Blood visible in vomit.
  • Very dark colored urine.
  • Heart racing or pounding.

This condition is serious because it may cause you to lose weight, or become severely dehydrated. When you are dehydrated your body does not have enough water. This can lead to very low blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. This condition may require that you be treated with IV fluids in the hospital. Your doctor may also prescribe other medications and vitamins. Some anti-nausea medications may be helpful in severe cases.

Be sure to pay attention to the length and severity of morning sickness. If you feel that the symptoms are extremely severe, you should consult with your doctor.

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Morning sickness is bothersome and often quite miserable. It does not always occur in the morning. Some women experience it off and on at a variety of time throughout the day or night. Regular morning sickness can be managed with smaller meals, plenty of fluids, a change of diet and anti-nausea medication. Hyperemesis is a more serious problem. If you suspect that your morning sickness is very severe, you should consult your healthcare provider.