April 4, 2008

Common Symptoms Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (Excessive Vomiting & Nausea)

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Vomiting and nausea are very common in pregnancy. A pregnant woman suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum experiences severe vomiting and nausea. It may result in nutritional deficiencies, weight loss and abnormalities in acid base balance, electrolyte levels, fluids. It may affect the well being and health of both the fetus and pregnant woman.

It generally occurs between eight to twelve weeks of pregnancy. Previously maternal deaths occurred mainly due to hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum patients are most probably non white. Patients who are below 30 years have more chances of experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. Doctors have described it as unrelenting that does not allow adequate intake of fluids or food. If treated inadequately it may give rise to production of ketones and metabolic imbalances. You may also find it difficult to continue with your daily activities. Sometimes hyperemesis gravidarum may last for the entire pregnancy period. Depression and anxiety are some of the side effects of hyperemesis gravidarum.

By assessing the condition of pregnant woman, diagnosis of hyperremisis gravidarum is possible. By measuring the weight loss one can come to know whether the patient is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

Some common complications that may develop from severe vomiting and nausea include malnutrition, ketosis, gastric irritation and debilitating fatigue. All these factors may worsen your ongoing nausea.

Bed rest is the most beneficial treatment for HG. Some vitamins and fluids are also given to get some relief. Anti vomiting medications are commonly used to treat patients suffering from HG.These medications are highly effective against hyperemesis gravidarum. Severe vomiting causes significant deficiency of nutrients. To compensate this loss, you can take the help of nutritional therapies. Psychotherapy is very effective treatment for complications such as anxiety and depression. Symptoms of Hyperemesis gravidarum can also be managed by allergy management procedures. Other treatments include therapeutic abortion and behavioral therapy