Hyperemesis Gravidarum Treatment

Experienced by over 50% of pregnant woman, morning sickness—characterized by nausea and vomiting in the first trimester of pregnancy—is often one of the first signs a woman is pregnant. Thought to occur due to the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, changes in estrogen, progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone levels are all likely to play a role, although an exact cause is still not fully understood.

For a small group of women, morning sickness can become extremely severe, resulting in intense nausea and vomiting, which can lead to weight loss and dehydration. Referred to as hyperemesis gravidarum, this medical condition can last beyond the first trimester of pregnancy and prevent women from carrying out daily activities due to its debilitating symptoms.

With the potential to cause harm to both mother and baby, hyperemesis gravidarum requires medical attention. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional in that specializes in hyperemesis gravidarum treatment, call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Symptoms

While extreme nausea and vomiting are the main symptoms of the condition, other indications you may be suffering from the severe morning sickness of hyperemesis gravidarum include:

These symptoms generally manifest between the 4th and 6th week of your pregnancy and peak in severity around your 9th to 13th week. By the 20th week, most women with hyperemesis gravidarum report symptomatic relief; however, for some, symptoms may persist throughout the remainder of their pregnancy. In some cases, your symptoms become so severe that hospitalization is required.

Treatment Options for Hyperemesis Gravidarum

The treatment course your healthcare provider elects is dependent on the severity of your symptoms. For mild hyperemesis gravidarum, lifestyle changes and home remedies often provide adequate relief and include:

For more severe cases of hyperemesis gravidarum, your treatment may require more immediate intervention and include:

It is extremely important to never take a medication without first discussing the risks with your healthcare provider who can inform you of an adverse effects which may impede the development of your baby.

Luckily, with prompt treatment, hyperemesis gravidarum will not adversely affect the health of your baby. While the symptoms can significantly disrupt your life in the short-term, nausea and vomiting typically subside well before your baby is born, making the remainder of your pregnancy more tolerable. If your morning sickness is causing you much distress, and you suspect you are suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, meet with a healthcare provider who understands the unique health needs of both you and your baby. Call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online to receive hyperemesis gravidarum treatment today.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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