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More Than Moring Sickness – Hyperemesis Gravidarum
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More Than Moring Sickness – Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Two of the least appreciated symptoms of many pregnancies are nausea and vomiting, aka morning sickness. About seventy percent of pregnant woman suffer from morning sickness, with nausea and vomiting. But for about two percent of these, morning sickness can turn into something horrible, something much worse than your normal nausea and vomiting, it is called hyperemesis gravidarum.

This is a medical condition which is characterised by severe nausea and vomiting that just sees not end which results in weight loss and electrolyte disturbance in your body. This also leads to light-headedness and fainting.

This can happen when you are carrying multiples or in case you have a hydatidiform mole. This hydatidiform mole is the result of over production of tissue that is normally supposed to develop into the placenta. The placenta is what feeds the foetus during pregnancy, and then the tissue develops into an abnormal growth which is called a mass. This is not a very common, it is a rare occurrence, but it can happen to anyone.

You may be thinking “why me?”. Why am I the one to get this? Well the cause for this is not known, but just know that it is not your body trying to reject your baby. Your nausea is caused by a rise in your hormone levels, for most of us these symptoms ease or completely disappear between weeks twelve and sixteen, but for some unfortunate pregnant women this can last longer and for some even until birth.

There are ways that you can treat yourself. Although just using ginger tea and salty tasteless biscuits will just not cut it with this one. Mild cases can be treated with a few dietary changes, together with some well-deserved rest and some antacids. Then with the more severe cases you can end up in hospital. This is so you can receive fluid, nutrition and some anti-nausea medication which can only be given to you at this time through an intravenous drip. This seems a bit extreme, but it is all to safeguard you and your baby. In most cases if this is left untreated, it can be fatal for you as well as your unborn little treasure.

Let’s have a look at what the differences are between morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum.

Morning Sickness - Just nausea that is sometimes accompanied by vomiting. - Just nausea that usually subsides at twelve weeks or sometimes even earlier. - Some nausea and vomiting that does not cause dehydration. - Some nausea and vomiting that does allow you to keep some food down. - You maintain your weight, and still increase a little weight. Very little or slight weight loss may still be accepted.

- Most imporantly you can do some home treatments and other treatments that will go a long way in reducing and even ellimating your morning sickness. You can treat yourself.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum - This is nausea that is accompanied by severe constant vomiting - This nausea does not subside at any time. - Nausea and vomiting that causes dehydration can be severe. - Nausea and vomiting that does not allow you to keep even the slightest amount of food down. - Weight loss which is a serious sign that it is more than just morning sickness, especially if you lose for than five percent of your weight.

There are some other ways that you can use to treat yourself to reduce your morning sickness. These include anti-nausea medications, bed rest, acupressure, herbs and homeopathic remedies. Morning sickness is uncomfortable and horrible; there are great ways that work that you can help yourself rid yourself of the awful feeling.

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