What the heck is Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum?


Welcome to pregnancy! You may be experiencing the “glow,” or you may be experiencing some nasty morning sickness. From working with the pregnant community for some time now, you may be lucky enough to have all day sickness- referring to nausea. However even “all day sickness” is different than Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is morning sickness to the extreme.  

  • While morning sickness can cause difficulty functioning as normal, HG can be debilitating.
  • With morning sickness, you may experience low or no weight loss. HG can cause substantial weight loss due to loss of appetite from constant nausea and vomiting. The consistent vomiting increases your risk for dehydration-which can lead to hospitalization for fluids.
  • With morning sickness symptoms usually subside after the first trimester. With HG you may feel some relief in the middle of your pregnancy, but still experience severe nausea and vomiting.

Some treatments that may help:

  1. Vitamin B6 (Always, always, always talk to your doctor before trying any supplementation)
  2. Eating small meals frequently
  3. Keep crackers near your bed so you can have some before you start your day
  4. Staying hydrated!
  5. An anti-nausea medication from your doctor may be recommended

Both conditions are incredibly uncomfortable and there is no 100% agreed upon cause for them. However research is showing that a hormone called hCG which is produced by the placenta may be the culprit.

Source: HelpHer Healthline



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