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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of the nausea and vomiting commonly called morning sickness in pregnant women. It often causes dehydration and weight loss as well as more serious conditions. The board certified OB/GYNs and neonatal nurses at Florida Hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Program successfully treat all types of rare complications of pregnancy including hyperemesis gravidarum. These reproductive specialists are experts in the latest developments in women’s conditions, and respond to each mother’s unique needs with the most up-to-date technology and a caring touch.

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During the first trimester of pregnancy, most women experience the nausea and vomiting or morning sickness. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of the condition when vomiting may be constant leading to dehydration, weight loss, lightheadedness or fainting and metabolic changes. It should be noted that excessive nausea and vomiting may occur when pregnant with twins, and also can be caused by hydatidiform mole (molar pregnancy).

Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in electrolyte fluids can result from the severe vomiting associated with hyperemesis gravidarum. The resulting lack of nutrition can lead to ketosis, a condition when the body is burning fat for energy because of a lack of sugars. The weight loss and nutritional deficiency can impact the development of the fetus. Rarely, the mother may also contract jaundice, though she will almost never suffer permanent liver damage.

With an accurate diagnosis, informed treatment and follow-up care, in most cases hyperemesis gravidarum causes no significant complications for the mother or the baby. To ensure the best outcome, women should consult with their doctor if symptoms of morning sickness continue after the first trimester, about 14 to 16 weeks.