When to Tell the Doctor about Your Morning Sickness

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness News Category | | Print This Article

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For the most part, morning sickness is not a sign of a problem. To the contrary, morning sickness in the first trimester is a sign of a normal, healthy pregnancy. It isn’t pleasant, to be sure, but it isn’t really something to be concerned about, either.

Most of us are already familiar with the home remedies. We keep saltines and ginger ale on hand. We supplement with vitamins. Some even go for acupuncture or acupressure treatments. All of these things are fine. Most OB/GYNs agree that there’s no harm in using whichever home remedied work best for you.

So, when should you report morning sickness to your doctor? It’s never a bad idea to keep your doctor informed of all of your symptoms, especially if something changes. However, there’s no need to call you doctor every time you lose your breakfast.

Here are some of the situations in which you should call your doctor to discuss your morning sickness right away:

  • Your morning sickness makes it impossible for you to keep anything down all day, including water and other liquids.
  • You are losing weight, because of your morning sickness or anything else.
  • You experience severe or prolonged vomiting.
  • You pass out due to morning sickness.
  • Your urine is dark in color (this is a sign of dehydration).
  • You are passing very little urine.
  • You feel feint when you stand.
  • You are vomiting blood.
  • Your heart is racing.
  • You experience depression as a result of your morning sickness.
  • You experience unusual amounts of anxiety while dealing with morning sickness.
  • Your morning sickness extends beyond your twelfth or thirteenth week of pregnancy. This is usually nothing to worry about, but you should make your doctor aware of it.

While morning sickness is nothing to worry about, here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re not sure whether or not you should call your health care provider, call them. It’s better to call your doctor when you didn’t need to rather than not calling her when you should have. Studies show that many women are overly hesitant to talk with their doctors about their morning sickness.

Have you spoken with your doctor about your morning sickness symptoms? Why or why not?

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