Do I Have Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Hyperemesis gravidarum is not morning sickness.
HG, as it is commonly referred to, is extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration.
If you are experiencing HG, know that what you are experiencing is real, extremely difficult, and you are not alone.
Here you can see the difference between morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum.
|Morning Sickness||Hyperemesis Gravidarum:|
|Nausea sometimes accompanied by vomiting||Nausea accompanied by severe vomiting|
|Nausea that subsides at 12 weeks or soon after||Nausea that does not subside|
|Vomiting that does not cause severe dehydration||Vomiting that causes severe dehydration|
|Vomiting that allows you to keep some food down||Vomiting that does not allow you to keep any food down|
Here is a helpful resource for those experiencing the symptoms of HG.
Dehydration and Seeking Medical Assistance
Dehydration due to hyperemesis gravidarum can be serious! If you believe you may have hyperemesis gravidarum you should talk to your care provider immediately.
However, in regards to morning sickness, dehydration can still be a problem, and morning sickness can likewise be aggravated by dehydration. A vicious cycle.
If you are vomiting and you haven’t kept food or liquids down in the past 12 hours, you are likely dehydrated.
Please do not try to be a hero and “tough it out”. There is no shame in calling your care provider and getting an IV for fluids.
|According to the March of Dimes call your health care provider if:|
· Your morning sickness continues into your 4th month of pregnancy.
Sometimes getting fluids into your body and bypassing your digestive system in the process (such as via an IV) can help calm nausea and vomiting long enough to eat a small meal, and start keeping fluids down. This can make a world of difference.
Dehydration and nausea due to morning sickness is not a place you want to be. Drink, drink, drink.
*Please remember: If you have tried lots and lots of remedies but still can’t keep anything down, don’t hesitate to seek out the assistance of your care provider. That’s what they are there for!
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