Is It More Than Just Morning Sickness?

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 | Blog Posts, Pregnancy Health Category | | Print This Article

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Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy, and is actually seen by most health care professionals as a sign that your baby’s development is progressing normally. Obviously, it is uncomfortable and inconvenient and you should, by all means, take whatever steps you can to mitigate its effects, but most of the time it is nothing to be worried about as far as your health or your baby’s health are concerned. However, there are a few instances where too much of an unpleasant thing is bad for you and your baby. Here are some of the conditions you should look for that might indicate you have a problem that is more serious than morning sickness. If any of the following conditions applies to you, seek the advice of your doctor or health care professional.


  • If nausea and vomiting continue far into the second trimester, or past your thirteenth week of pregnancy, consult a doctor. This is not necessarily a reason to be overly concerned, as morning sickness sometimes lasts throughout the duration of pregnancy, but your doctor will want to rule out some other health issues that may be causing the morning sickness to continue beyond its normal duration.


  • If your vomiting and nausea is making it difficult or impossible to keep food down, see a doctor. In general, you should consult your health care professional if you are having trouble keeping two or more consecutive meals down, especially if you have tried eating small doses of easily digestible food and still can’t keep it down.


  • If your morning sickness signs are accompanied by fever or pain, consult your health care provider, as you may be dealing with the flu or other sicknesses other than normal morning sickness.


  • If you are losing weight during your pregnancy, inform your doctor right away.


  • If you are unable to keep fluids down, consult your health care professional. Inability to take fluids in can rapidly lead to dehydration, which is bad for you and your baby. In some cases, you may need to have intravenous fluids to keep your fluid intake at an appropriate level.


  • If vomiting and nausea are severe, keep your doctor or health care provider informed.

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