Signs of Severe Morning Sickness

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 | Articles, Hyperemesis Gravidarum Category | | Print This Article


Morning Sickness can be very frustrating, but in severe cases it can also be harmful to the pregnant woman and to her baby. The fact of the matter is that hyperemesis gravidarum – severe morning sickness – can lead to malnutrition and dehydration, and even interfere with the development of your baby.

If you’re experiencing severe morning sickness, you need to talk to your doctor. It might even be necessary to go to the ER in order to get IV fluids and nutrients to keep yourself strong.

Here are signs of severe morning sickness that should put you on your way to see your doctor:

  • Nausea is persistent, such that you’re not able to eat or drink anything at all.
  • You vomit consistently, and very little or no food is able to stay in your stomach.
  • You vomit blood.
  • You feel faint, you feel dizzy, or you start losing weight.
  • You stop urinating as much.
  • You have frequent headaches.
  • Your heartbeat is extremely rapid.
  • You feel confused.
  • You feel fatigued.
  • Your breath has a foul, fruity smell.
  • Your body has a foul, fruity smell.

Morning sickness can be a normal part of pregnancy for many women. However, if your morning sickness is this severe, you need to seek professional medical attention.

Treatments might include IV fluids and medications. It might include feeding through a tube. It may include various medications to help control nausea, vomiting, and reflux.

There are things you can do on your own to try to help control morning sickness, too. Some of these things include bed rest, acupressure, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and hypnosis. Here again, with severe morning sickness you want to complement these treatments with a visit to your doctor to make sure that you aren’t putting yourself or your developing child in any danger.

The good news is that even severe morning sickness will eventually disappear. For most women, severe morning sickness goes away by the end of the first trimester.


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