Hyperemesis gravidarum

Being pregnant often means being in a difficult condition. More than 70% of pregnant women experience morning problems, but when they are extreme than occurs hyperemesis gravidarum which literally means “excessive vomiting in pregnancy”.


In easy cases of hyperemesis gravidarum the treatment includes only rest and dietary changes.

In severe cases the mother is required to stay in hospital for permanent medical care . The cause of this condition is unknown but the good news is that there are ways to deal with it . Hyperemesis gravidarum is ruining the pleasure of being pregnant for hundred years and seems like there is a variety of factors that lead to this condition.

You are at risk of having hyperemesis if you are expecting twins, if you have travel sickness, if you have a liver disease. You can develop hyperemesis also if you have thyroid abnormalities.

A very important thing is to distinguish between normal morning sickness that every new mum experiences and hyperemesis gravidarum. In the second case, the nausea will not go away, the vomiting will not allow you to keep any food in your stomach, and it will cause you dehydration .

The clear signs that you suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum are : food aversion, weight loss, severe vomiting, headaches, fainting. Hyperemesis will affect every aspect of your life, you will feel isolated and unable to enjoy your pregnancy. Herbs like peppermint and ginger may help you.

The treatment in the hospital will include intravenous fluid to restore hydrated , nutrients, vitamins; tube feeding , and medications such as metoclopramide.

Another important step in the treatment is bed rest which may provide some comfort. Some use homeopathic remedies but don’t try this without the advice of a doctor. Hypnosis may also help in this situation .

There are some things that you can do to help yourself. For instance you should that trigger your nausea, avoid cooking, try to drink as much water as possible to stay hydrated, and get rest. Make some blood and urine test because this way you may find out what is triggering the condition. Try to motorize your hydration levels and when it is not normal go to hospital for rehydration .

A very important thing is that the effort of vomiting will not harm the baby. Some doctors say that you are less prone to miscarry if you have pregnancy sickness. You should be careful not taking drugs without medical advice.

When you feel low you must remember that millions of women have lived the same situation or worse. All you need is patience.

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