Medical science does not assign stages of hyperemesis gravidarum to treat the condition because it is not progressive in the same sense as cancers. However, mothers experiencing the condition may think of it in stages of onset, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
The onset stage of hyperemesis gravidarum usually becomes evident when morning sickness does not subside after 12 to 14 weeks into the pregnancy. While severe nausea and vomiting characterize hyperemesis gravidarum, the level of sickness itself may not be an indication of the condition. The amount of morning sickness can vary between pregnancies, and sometimes a woman experiences morning sickness throughout the pregnancy.
Mothers may consider the next stage of hyperemesis gravidarum as when diagnosis is made based on tests prescribed by her doctor. She is now aware that the condition has progressed more than it should and treatment is needed. She and her doctor will determine the best strategy.
The treatment stage usually involves diet, nutritional supplements and sometimes medication to relieve nausea. Hospitalization may be needed.
The symptoms of nausea usually disappear after the baby is delivered, what the mother may think of as the cure stage of hyperemesis gravidarum.