Extreme pregnancy sickness

Extreme pregnancy sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, affects up to one in 50 women.

Extreme pregnancy sickness

What is extreme morning sickness?

Extreme pregnancy sickness is also known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Although morning sickness is extremely common during pregnancy, for most it’s a mild and short-term nuisance. For a small number of women however, morning sickness is severe, can happen at any time of the day, may continue throughout their entire pregnancy and can affect the overall health of mum-to-be.

For most women who have hyperemesis gravidarum, keeping down any liquid or food can be a struggle. Typically, the condition should wear off by week 21 but can continue much longer than that.

Weight Loss is a common symptom of extreme pregnancy sickness as well as dehydration. With dehydration, women may feel dizzy, confused, tired and suffer from headaches.

There is also a risk of nutritional deficiencies.

How can my doctor help?

There are many treatments and remedies you can try at home for extreme pregnancy sickness but if the condition persists or is particularly problematic, your doctor may wish to prescribe you some anti-sickness medicine to try and ease symptoms.

If dehydrated from being unable to replenish lost fluids, your GP may advise that you are admitted into hospital for a few days until you are hydrated again. This would involve being on a drip to top up lost fluids.

Is there anything I can do at home to help?

There are plenty of home remedies to try which may help ease your symptoms. Here are just a few that might help:

  • Eat small meals frequently that are high in carbs and low in fat
  • Avoid spicy or sweet foods and opt for plain foods
  • Drink liquids little and often, drinking large amounts may cause vomiting
  • Keep plain biscuits by your bed and snack before getting up in the morning
  • Smells may provoke vomiting, eating cold meals rather than hot may reduce smells
  • Try ginger
  • Get plenty of rest

For more remedies, have a look at how to ease morning sickness.

Source: BBC 


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