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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

A severe variant of morning sickness. Hospitalization for IV fluid (drips) may be needed. The exact cause is unclear, but thought to be related to levels of pregnancy hormone (β-hCG).

Symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Currently pregnant

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Recent weight loss

  • Abnormalities in sense of taste

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hyperemesis gravidarum

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hyperemesis gravidarum

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Are you currently pregnant?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Are you passing less urine?

Treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum

Treatment depends on how severe the condition is. Some patients who are severely dehydrated may require hospitalization and fluids to be given via a needle in the vein. Medications can also be injected to stop the vomiting.

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References

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