Not Simply Morning Sickness

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness News Category | | Print This Article

While morning sickness affects most pregnant women, most pregnant women don’t experience the debilitation that can come from severe morning sickness. If you have hyperemesis gravidarum – the medical term for severe morning sickness – you can find yourself in serious medical danger. In some cases, it can even be life-threatening.

What makes HG different

Standard morning sickness isn’t fun, and it can certainly interfere with your daily life. But when it goes past the normal level, it can be a big problem. If you can’t hold down any liquid, can’t even eat a cracker without vomiting, and you get dehydrated, you’re probably experiencing HG. If you throw up every day and probably several times each day, it’s going to affect your health.

When to get help

If you have severe nausea and vomiting during several days in a row and it is accompanied by dehydration, losing weight, a feeling of faintness and difficulty with your daily tasks, you may have HG.

HG isn’t just something to stick out. If you don’t get it treated, you need to seek help.

How to get help

Most natural morning sickness remedies do just fine for standard morning sickness. However, when you’re becoming dehydrated, you’re probably past the point where herbal tea is going to help.

You need to contact your health care provider right away to see if there is something she can do to help. Depending on how long you’ve struggled with HG, you may need to be admitted to the hospital for IV fluids. In some cases, you might even need a subcutaneous pump in order to regularly give you medication to cope with the HG.

If you’re experiencing morning sickness, start with the basics: sea sickness bands, herbal teas, ginger, peppermint, and other remedies. If it becomes severe, however, talk to your doctor about what may need to be done in order to maintain your health as well as that of your baby.

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