Pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

One of the first pregnancy symptoms that women notice is morning sickness. Some women have little trouble here and some more. But there are also women who suffer so much morning sickness that there is a risk of dehydration and malnutrition. This condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).

On May 15 it is Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness day. We applaud this initiative from ZoZwanger because HG deserves more attention. Pregnant women deserve to know what they are bothering and need to know what they can do. More knowledge about this subject is also important to get more support and understanding from the environment.

Pregnancy sickness from when are you bothered by it?

About 60 to 80% of all pregnant women are faced with morning sickness. It is not entirely clear where the nausea comes from, but it is suspected that this has to do with the hCG hormone. When this hormone decreases (around the 4th month), the nausea also decreases.

The nausea during pregnancy occurs in several grades. Some women are only nauseated in the morning, others feel uncomfortable all day long. About 1 to 2% of women are so nauseous that they have to surrender all day and do not really keep anything inside. In that case we speak of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a disease

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is an unpleasant disease that needs to be treated at some point. Women with HG are not only nauseous in the first 4 months, they are nauseous the whole pregnancy! In addition 30 times vomiting one day no exception but almost normal.

Due to the excessive vomiting and the fact that no food stays inside, pregnant women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum run the risk of dehydration and malnutrition. At one point they are even admitted to the hospital. In the hospital an infusion is administered against dehydration and in addition medication is given for nausea. In the worst cases, it may be decided to switch to tube feeding so that there is at least some nutrition and energy in the body.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum awareness day

It is very good that more attention is paid to this disease. Pregnant women with HG often have to deal with a lot of misunderstanding from their environment. People think they will appoint themselves or that it will pass.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum often does not pass, at least not during pregnancy. Can you imagine that you have to surrender constantly for 40 weeks, so 9 months, and can not keep anything inside?
Think of the additional symptoms such as throbbing headaches of vomiting, tired abdominal muscles, pain in the teeth, sore throat and constantly dizzy from malnutrition and dehydration. Would this be terrible?

And that is why we are happy with the Hyperemesis Gravidarum awareness day so that women with this disease can at least count on understanding and support from the environment.

Do you have Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

If you notice that you are very nauseous during your pregnancy and this affects your functioning, it is wise to call the bell. Always check the color of your urine. If it is dark, it is possible that you suffer from dehydration. In addition, contact your doctor immediately if you notice the following HG symptoms:

  • You have not been able to keep food or moisture inside for 24 hours;
  • You are falling more and more;
  • To surrender 10 or 30 times in a day is no exception;
  • Are you often dizzy or do you faint?
  • You feel yourself weak and standing tall costs you a lot of trouble;
  • You are confused (ask your partner if he keeps an eye on you).

Tips for morning sickness and HG

In severe cases you must be treated in the hospital. But sometimes certain tips against nausea during pregnancy can help to alleviate your symptoms. These can also help if you do not have HG, but the whole pregnancy is sick.

  • Take sufficient rest and listen to your body;
  • Do not ever feel guilty, because you are sick;
  • Try to find out what makes you sick (like smells) and try to avoid them;
  • Always try to eat or drink, an empty stomach can make you even more nauseous;
  • Find out which foods you can have better and which are not (often cold food better than hot);
  • Try to drink enough to prevent dehydration;
  • Let your doctor know in time that you are often sick and have to vomit so that timely action can be taken;
  • Ask for help to friends, family and partner to relieve you as much as possible;
  • Order groceries online;
  • Do not forget that you are also in 'happy' expectation. The knowledge that you carry a baby with you can help to undergo the HG;
  • Read about or go to the Hyperemesis Gravidarum awareness day with your partner and other people from your area!

Help get more attention for this terrible disease by sharing this message on Facebook, so more women can read about what it means when you have HG.
A pregnancy should be a wonderful time that you remember with great pleasure. More attention means that more money may be made available for it.

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