Taming Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Many women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, but there's a big difference between common morning sickness and a more serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). This article will help you understand the difference and give you tips for managing both.

Morning (pregnancy) sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum

Overcoming morning sickness

Morning sickness, which affects up to 80% of pregnant women, is usually mild. It involves occasional nausea and vomiting, which can often be managed with a few lifestyle changes:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals: Choose smaller portions throughout the day to avoid overloading your stomach.
  • Ginger power: Ginger can be a lifesaver! Try ginger tea, candies or even ginger ale for nausea relief.
  • Acupressure Relief: Acupressure wristbands apply pressure to specific points, which may reduce nausea.
  • Doctor's help: If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor about medication options.

Remember, you're not alone

Feeling constantly nauseous can be isolating. Here's what you can do:

Talk to Your Doctor

Open communication with your doctor is crucial for managing pregnancy symptoms.

Lean on Your Support System

Don't hesitate to seek help from your partner, family, or friends.

Join a Support Group

Connecting with other pregnant women online or in person can be incredibly supportive.

Introducing the Sick Buddy (Optional)

Consider products designed for pregnancy woes! The Sick Buddy, for example, provides a comfortable cushion for your forehead during unpleasant episodes. Remember, hygiene is essential, so choose antibacterial and easy-to-clean products.

Hyperemesis gravidarum: when morning sickness becomes severe

HG is a much rarer (affecting less than 3% of women) but severe form of nausea and vomiting. It involves frequent vomiting (more than three times a day), leading to dehydration and weight loss. Unlike morning sickness, HG symptoms can last beyond the first trimester and may require hospitalisation for intravenous fluids.

If you suspect HG, seek professional medical advice immediately.

We wish you a safe and healthy pregnancy!

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