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Hyperemesis Gravidarum Symptoms

Updated on September 11, 2013

Since Kate Middleton has revealed that she suffers from it, people are wondering what is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

About 80 % of expecting mothers will experience some sickness in the first trimester but about 1 % of pregnant women will experience extreme sickness up until 6, 7, 8 months, or even throughout their entire pregnancy. When women are this sick they are constantly throwing up and can’t keep anything down, including water. These women often end up in the hospital several times during their pregnancy for dehydration. These are Hyperemesis Gravidarum symptoms.

What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum

So, what is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? It's the official diagnoses for women who are suffering with severe nausea and vomiting. This condition is serious, if not treated properly it can be life-threatening to the mother and her unborn child. The mother may be required to stay in a hospital to receive nutrition and fluids through an IV. There is no cure for this condition and no one knows why it occurs, but there are some things you can do to downplay the symptoms somewhat.

  • Bed Rest - Stay as comfortable as you can, and don't do anymore than you have to. Your body needs the rest.
  • Medication - My doctor had me on Zofran throughout my pregnancy and without it I wouldn't have been able to make it.
  • Eat What You Can - Even if you can only hold down some jello or a Popsicle it's better than nothing.

Symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

  • Severe Nausea
  • Very Frequent Vomiting
  • Fainting / Dizziness
  • Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches

My beautiful son
My beautiful son

The good news is that babies born to a mother with Hyperemesis Gravidarum show no abnormalities and are just as likely to be healthy as babies born to mothers who did not have the condition.

I suffered with Hyperemesis throughout my entire pregnancy, and it was awful. At times I thought I wouldn't make it and I was constantly in the hospital, but in the end my son was healthy and it was all worth it. However, if you suffered with Hyperemesis during a pregnancy the chances are you will develop it with your next pregnancy as well. So, I have decided to have no more children and to be happy with the two that I do have.

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      Lisa Stover 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      It was, it's just awful when you're going through it. Thanks for reading Kristen.

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      Kristen Dyrr 5 years ago

      That sounds like such a nightmare! I'm glad you're OK now.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I was sick only the first few weeks during both of my preganancies. Interesting hub!