Pregnancy

What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is the condition ischaracterized by vomiting, severe nausea, loss of weight and disturbance in electrolytes during the pregnancy. It is commonly known as morning sickness, but can occur at any time of day.

This condition can be mild or severe. Mild cases can be managed with some changes in the diet, rest , etc. But if the condition is severe then the mother may have to stay in hospital under a doctor’s surveillance.

Causes Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG):

This condition is known as the severe form of morning sickness. Almost all women have morning sickness during pregnancy. When morning sickness is experienced at an extreme level, it is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

There is no defined cause, only several observed relations to the appearance of morning sickness.  Some believe the rise in hormone levels results in nausea, but the actual cause is not yet known.

Signs And Symptoms Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum:

The signs and symptoms of HG are:

  • Aversion to food
  • Severe vomiting and nausea
  • 5% or more of the mother’s pre-pregnancy weight is lost
  • Urination decreases
  • Dehydration is present
  • Headaches, fainting and confusion are also common
  • Jaundice can also be one of the symptoms

Treatment Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum:

The treatment of HG includes:

Bed Rest:

Rest is very essential and will relax muscles are exhausted due the rapid weight loss.

Acupressure:

Point of pressure treatment can reduce nausea.  These points must be activated to reduce problems.  They lie in the middle of the inner wrist, precisely three finger lengths away from the wrist and inbetween the tendons. If this point is located and pressed firmly for three minutes, one wrist at a time, then it will help in reducing nausea.

Herbs :

Some herbs like ginger or peppermint can help by curing the nausea quickly.

Homeopathic Medicines:

A homeopathic specialist can help a mother find the right homeopathic remedies. These are non toxic.

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