Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is an extreme form of morning sickness that causes severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum are very different conditions. They have different complications and side effects for each pregnant woman. It’s important to distinguish between these two conditions to properly treat symptoms.
Morning sickness typically includes nausea that’s sometimes accompanied by vomiting. These two symptoms usually disappear after 12 to 14 weeks. The vomiting doesn’t cause severe dehydration.
HG typically includes nausea that doesn’t go away and severe vomiting that leads to severe dehydration. This doesn’t allow to keep any food or fluids down.
The symptoms of HG begin within the first six weeks of pregnancy. Nausea often doesn’t go away. HG can be extremely debilitating and cause fatigue that lasts for weeks or months.
HG can lead to dehydration and poor weight gain during pregnancy. There’s no known way to prevent morning sickness or HG, but there are ways to manage the symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of HG are:
Almost all women experience some degree of morning sickness during their pregnancy. Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Despite the name, morning sickness isn’t confined to the morning. It can occur at any time.
Morning sickness and HG seem to have a connection to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is a hormone created during pregnancy by the placenta. body produces a large amount of this hormone at a rapid rate early in pregnancy. These levels can continue to rise throughout your pregnancy.
Some factors that could increase your risk of getting HG are:
Trophoblastic disease can also cause HG. Trophoblastic disease occurs when there’s an abnormal growth of cells inside the uterus.