How to know if you have severe morning sickness

Morning sickness affects more than three quarters of expectant mummies in the first trimester of pregnancy. There are varying degrees of morning sickness. While some of us feel queasy, others are actually sick, and anything from the sight of food, a unusual smell or just drinking water, can set it off. Consider yourself the lucky one! Three percent of pregnant women suffer from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) – severe morning sickness.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is like the angry big brother of morning sickness, and is much more serious and persistent. Imagine suffering through bouts of extreme nausea for months, without an end in sight. This is what HG sufferers go through.

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Thankfully, this condition is relatively rare, but if you are one of the unlucky few to experience it, then it can be an upsetting time and a little scary. While you are over joyed at the news of being a mother, it becomes overshadowed by the nausea.

The condition can be very troublesome. Some women are unable to eat or drink anything and it can often continue throughout the duration of a pregnancy. It is a treatable condition as long as it is diagnosed early enough,  and it poses little risk to your baby, unless you become extremely dehydrated and jaundice. Always attend your check ups and make an appointment with the doctor if you are struggling with morning sickness during your 1st trimester. You need to be monitored to ensure that baby has all the nutrients needed to develop.

The difference between hyperemesis gravidarum and morning sickness

Symptoms of morning sickness include nausea accompanied sometimes by vomiting, but not all women will actually throw up. This nausea is usually triggered by the sight and smell of certain foods but it won’t leave you dehydrated, and will subside by the twelve week of your pregnancy. The end of your 1st trimester.

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Severe morning sickness (HG) on the other hand, is characterized by constant nausea and vomiting, weight loss, electrolyte disturbances, jaundice and dehydration. It can easily take over your life as you feel perpetually drained, which can leave you feeling depressed.

Causes of severe morning sickness

Find out what causes severe morning sickness on the next page…