Coping With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

When to See Your Healthcare Provider

While pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting usually doesn't lead to long-term problems, repeated nausea and vomiting that prevents you from keeping anything down can be serious and may increase the risk that your newborn will be underweight or smaller than normal.

We've already mentioned the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. Although it's rare, when it does occur, it can interfere with the normal weight gain of pregnancy, and lead to dehydration. For these reasons, women with hyperemesis gravidarum may require treatment in a hospital.
 
It's important to see your healthcare provider right away in any of the following situations:
 
  • You are vomiting repeatedly throughout the day or are unable to keep food or liquids down for more than 12 hours.
  • You have blood in your vomit.
  • You may be dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include dark-yellow urine, dry mouth, urinating less often, and dizziness.
  • You are having pains or cramps in your stomach (abdomen) or pelvis.
  • You've lost more than five pounds since becoming pregnant.
 
If you're unable to keep anything down, your healthcare provider may recommend intravenous (IV) fluids so you don't become dehydrated. In severe situations, you may also need to be hospitalized so you can receive adequate nutrition through an IV as well. 
 
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