Morning sickness, or more?

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Every “what to expect” book, article, blog or conversation is going to tell you that morning sickness is just a fact of pregnancy. What they may not tell you is that sometimes morning sickness can be more than just an inconvenience. There are situations where morning sickness becomes something more and may even require medical intervention. Here are some morning sickness facts you need to know:

  1. Not everyone gets it: Yes, you read it right. There are some lucky women who, for some pregnancies, just don’t get morning sickness. While it happens in about 80% of pregnancies, there are still that 20% that never feel it. Every pregnancy is different, though, so just because a woman doesn’t feel sick for one pregnancy doesn’t mean she won’t for another one and vice versa.
  2. It’s not just for mornings: Whoever named it “morning sickness” was clearly not the person suffering from it. Just take a quick poll of mothers and you’ll soon find that morning sickness can happen at any time through the day. For some women it is stronger in the mornings and seems to taper through the day, for others it’s an all-day-every-day event.
  3. It isn’t just vomiting: For some women, morning sickness is a matter of feeling queasy, throwing up and then temporarily feeling better until something triggers another round. For others, though, morning sickness can also include terrible headaches, dizziness, diarrhea and more. Every womans experience is different.
  4. It can be crippling: Women with unrelenting morning sickness commonly feel frustrated and like nobody understands. Excessive nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sounds and smells, dizziness and more can all make you feel like a prisoner in your own body. Friends and family may not understand why you can’t cook dinner anymore, or why you may not be able to concentrate. They may be offended if you react to the sight or smell of food they offer you or even to them. Yes, some women become so sensitive to smells that the scent of another persons perfume, sweat, breath, hair or skin can be unbearable enough to trigger a nauseated reaction. That can be understandably distressing. In severe cases, you may be experiencing more than just morning sickness.
  5. Sometimes it’s more than morning sickness: The most serious form of morning sickness is called hyperemesis gravidarium. Women that find themselves vomiting repeatedly through the day, unable to function normally, unable to hold down food or drinks and even losing weight as opposed to gaining it are probable sufferers of hyperemesis gravidarium, typically just called HG. What makes HG different and dangerous is that, unlike normal morning sickness, it can affect the overall health of you and your baby. HG sufferers can quickly become dehydrated, which poses immediate danger to mother and baby. Insufficient nutrients can also lead to problems, though these tend to show themselves more slowly. HG sufferers may need to be admitted to the hospital to have their nausea controlled and to be given IV fluids and nutrients.


If you or a loved one feel they may be suffering from morning sickness that is more than normal, please see the OB/GYN immediately.


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