Can Severe Morning Sickness Be Harmful?

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During the first 3 months of pregnancy most women will experience some nausea and maybe even vomiting. This is known as morning sickness and is usually tolerable. However there are some women who may experience severe morning sickness. This causes them to vomit constantly and it is this constant vomiting that may be harmful to both the mother and her baby so it is vital that you know when to seek medical advice.

Usually the morning sickness will start at about 6 weeks or sometimes sooner and end at around 12-14 weeks.

When should you see a doctor?

You keep vomiting after 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Your vomiting gets really severe and constant.

Nothing can control your vomiting.

You can’t eat or drink anything for more than a day.

You are vomiting more than 2 times a day.

Approximately one in every three hundred women will be effected by a very severe type of morning sickness known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This condition is characterised by persistent and constant vomiting. It needs to be treated as soon as possible because it can effect the mother and in turn her baby by depleting the body of the food and water that they need.

Constant vomiting is also serious because it can bring on dehydration. This can be serious if not treated because the body is loosing water at a much faster rate than it can be taken in. If dehydration is not taken care of then it can cause complications such as an early labor.

What to look out for. Here are some symptoms of dehydration. Contact your doctor immediately if you feel dizzy or faint, you start urinating less and your urine is darker, your skin mouth eyes feel dry, you have a headache, feel tired and mentally exhausted.

To stop your body from dehydration you should try and drink about six to eight glasses of water each day. If you are someone who is already vomiting then you may already be experiencing the above symptoms. You need to go and see your doctor as soon as possible.

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