Hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting during pregnancy)

Unlike common morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum is characterised by excessive and persistent nausea and vomiting. Whilst it is not common it can be severe and very debilitating. Symptoms often start around 5 weeks of pregnancy and resolve around 20 weeks of pregnancy. Due to severe nausea and vomiting it is often difficult for sufferers to hold down food or fluid, leading to weight loss and dehydration. It is common that sufferers will require specialist attention and may even require admission to hospital to provide appropriate treatment.

If you experience severe and persistent nausea and vomiting it is important to speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

For more information;

Pregnancy Birth & Baby – Severe vomiting during pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum) 

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