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Severe morning sickness – when to call the doctor

 Morning sickness in pregnancy is a common side-effect and although the severity differs, it makes an appearance in about 90% of all pregnancies. It’s enough to leave you feeling sapped and may dampen your excitement quite a bit. The good news is that, in most pregnancies, the morning sickness monster will pack up and leave by the end of the first trimester.

 What happens if there is no end to your morning sickness?

 A small percentage of moms-to-be suffer from excessive morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarium. HG is branded by severe vomiting and nausea that can lead to dehydration, dietary deficiencies and weight loss.


 Symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarium

  • Severe nausea
  • Extreme vomiting (3 – 4 times per day)
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Decrease in urination (due to dehydration)
  • Headaches
  • Pale/dry skin
  • Confusion

Signs of dehydration

  • Flushed, dry skin
  • Covered/layered tongue
  • Confusion
  • Touchy and irritable
  • Decreased urination
  • Urine dark in colour
  • Skin “snaps back” slowly when pinched

Your gynae should be notified right away as this condition must be treated; it can lead to life threatening complications for both mom and baby.

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