Pregnancy

Hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of nausea


Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of nausea that affects a minority of pregnant women in the first three months. Back on this symptom of pregnancy.

  • At the beginning of the pregnancy, HCG, the pregnancy hormone secreted by the placenta, is present in very large quantities in the body of expectant mothers and can cause nausea. Generally, they reach a peak around the 9th week of pregnancy and rarely exceed the 14th week of pregnancy.

Hyperemesis gravidarum

  • In rare cases, these nausea and vomiting can be particularly violent, one speaks then of hyperemesis gravidic or uncontrollable nausea. This symptom is characterized by 5 to 10 vomits a day and a weight loss that can reach 5% of the total weight. Hospitalization may be necessary, to relieve these ailments and especially to prevent dehydration and weight loss that can be harmful for the baby.
  • During the hospitalization, Sensory isolation is favored to minimize noise, lights and odors. Anti venous vomiting treatment and gastric protectors are also administered.
  • According to several studies, it appears that taking a multivitamin preparation before conception reduces the frequency and severity of nausea and vomiting. A tip that may be useful when you know that women with hyperemesis gravidarum have 15 to 20% risk of recurrence in subsequent pregnancies

Stéphanie Letellier

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