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prengant woman feeling nauseousMorning sickness is a common and manageable side effect for most pregnant women. But for a few, it’s much more intense.

You might vomit almost constantly and that can lead to dehydration and weight loss. You may also experience a rising pulse rate, excessive salivation, and a rapid heartbeat. It can also last longer than typical morning sickness for up to, and in some cases beyond, 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and it occurs in about 3% of all pregnancies. We don’t know exactly what causes HG but theories range from hormonal imbalances during pregnancy to vitamin B deficiency or even acid reflux.

HG can severely impact your quality of life because many women are unable to work, complete household tasks or care for young children. They can also become isolated because they skip social activities and functions for fear of being ill in public.

So, we know how HG affects you, but how can you treat this? By watching the foods you eat and how you eat them.

If hot foods trigger nausea try eating cold foods, or vice versa. When you’re able to eat, have smaller, more frequent meals. Drink smaller drinks, but more often, and through a straw. You might also try liquid nutritional supplements or sports drinks that can replace electrolytes. Antacids can also help.

The physicians at Northline Women’s Health Center may also prescribe drugs to help you throw up less. Another possible treatment uses IV fluids, or potentially IV steroids. Once you can ease the vomiting you’ll be able to hold down more food and drink and you may be able to stop treatments.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax