Based on the title of this article, you might think I’m suggesting that you try to self-treat your extreme pregnancy nausea and vomiting, or hyperemesis gravidarum. I want to make it perfectly clear that I don’t think you should do anything on your own to treat it.
This article is meant to point out the symptoms you may be experiencing, and what you should do if you suspect you have hyperemesis gravidarum. I wouldn’t recommend self-diagnosing this condition either; it is something that is best left up to your doctor because, as you’ll read in this article, there are other unrelated conditions that have similar symptoms.
If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, then you might be suffering from extreme pregnancy nausea and vomiting.
Do you vomit all day long, as opposed to isolated times of the day (morning, afternoon, or night)?
Does it feel like you vomit no matter what you eat and drink?
These first two questions are where the term hyperemesis gravidarum comes from. It is Latin for “over vomiting.” The first clue that you might have this condition is when you are vomiting so much that it is hard to keep any food or fluids in your body; this isn’t just in a single day either. This continues day after day. If it is isolated to just a day, then you might have something else like food poisoning or the flu.
Are you losing a lot of weight due to all of the vomiting?
Are you suffering from headaches, fainting, extreme fatigue, or confusion?
Does your need to urinate feel like it is coming less frequently?
When you do urinate, does it feel like very little is coming out?
These last three questions are related to dehydration. If you have any combination of these symptoms, your body is telling you that it is depleted of fluids. Dehydration is nothing you should let go on for to long because it can be harmful for you and your baby.
If any of this stuff is going on with your pregnancy, it’s important to visit your doctor. These symptoms could be related to extreme pregnancy nausea, or they could indicate you have one of the following:
- Overuse of certain types of medication
- Liver disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Migraine headaches
- Metabolic disorders like hyperthyroidism, Addison’s disease, or diabetic ketoacidosis
Another reason to visit your doctor is because the treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum can involve hospitalization. If your doctor diagnosis you with this condition and you are suffering from dehydration, she may need to get you checked into the hospital to rehydrate you and get some nutritional substance into your body. This can be done through intravenous fluids and feeding tubes.
Whether your condition will ultimately come to that is up to your doctor, but there is no reason to wait until things become dangerous for you and your baby. My recommendation, as always, is to visit your doctor if you think something isn’t right with your pregnancy. It may be extreme pregnancy nausea and vomiting, or it may be something else. Either way, a qualified doctor is your best bet in determining what it is.