Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a process during pregnancy that can be typified by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss and electrolyte imbalance. Dietary changes, rest and antacids can help treat mild cases. In other instances, the more difficult cases usually require hospital stay so the pregnant mother would receive nutrition and fluid via an intravenous line. In these instances, medical practitioners, caution against self medication.
SYMPTOMS: The symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum usually becomes visible in the first 4-6 weeks of pregnancy. The most extreme cases will manifest itself between 9 – 13 weeks. In most cases, some form of relief shows up between 14 – 20 weeks while 20% of pregnant women afflicted with this illness, may require rest for the entire duration of their pregnancy. A large majority of pregnant mothers, experience 70 – 80% amounts of morning sickness. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is responsible for more than 60,000 cases of severe morning sickness. This is because, many cases are treated in hospitals while a significantly higher number of pregnant women are treated at home or throughout patient care by their medical providers.
THE DFFERENCE BETWEEN HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM AND MORNING SICKNESS
|HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM||MORNING SICKNESS|
|Nausea plus Severe Vomiting||Nausea that may be accompanied by vomiting|
|Nonstop Nausea||Nausea that stops at 12 weeks or soon after|
|Vomiting that causes severe dehydration||Vomiting that does not cause severe dehydration|
|Vomiting that will not let one keep any food down||Vomiting that allows one to keep some food down|
TREATMENT: Bedrest usually provides comfort but may affect muscle and weight loss, due to too much bed rest. Acupressure can also reduce nausea by locating the inner wrist and pressing firmly, one wrist at a time, for the duration of three minutes. One can also apply Sea bands from a local pharmacy, while applying acupressure.
Hypnosis and the application of herbs such as ginger or peppermint can help reduce the ravages of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.