What do you not want on a bright sunny day? Nausea! Though it is not clear whether nausea also called morning sickness is actually a sign of healthy pregnancy, but it is quite common, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy.
If you are experiencing severe morning sickness also called “hyperemesis gravidarum“, you should consult your doctor immediately. Severe morning sickness can lead to weight loss and dehydration which can affect the development of your baby.
It is believed that this severe morning sickness is caused by a rise in hormone levels, however the absolute reason is still unknown. The symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum usually appear between 4-6 weeks of pregnancy and may increase between 9-13 weeks.
Signs & Symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
- Nausea that won’t go away
- Food aversions
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
- Decrease in urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Vomiting multiple times every day
WHAT TO DO?
For this condition, your doctor might give you injection of intravenous (IV) fluids at once. Depending on your situation you will be hospitalized for few days so that you keep getting fluids, vitamins and medicine intravenously.
Your doctor might also advise a diet specifically designed to reduce nausea and vomiting. Both dietary changes and medications may be necessary because many women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum continue to have some morning sickness in pregnancy, even if it’s not as severe as before.
The following can also help:
- Eat small meals but frequently
- Keep sipping fluids
- Keep your windows and doors open to let the fresh air in and avoid any unpleasant odour that can trigger your nausea
- For relieving nausea, sniff ginger or lemon, drink lemonade
- Avoid eating spicy food
Sever morning sickness can leave your body and your baby devoid of important nutrients, therefore, inform your doctor if you are experiencing severe nausea as soon as possible. It is very important that you discuss the risks and side effects of each drug with your doctor.
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