Hyperemesis Gravidarum

The exact cause of Hyperemesis Gravidarum Is not known, its thought that around 1 in 3 in every 100 women struggle with it, but it may be more as many cases may go unreported. For most women Sickness in pregnancy is common with around 8 out of every 10 pregnant women feeling sick (nausea), are sick (vomiting) or both during pregnancy. This does not just happen in the morning. For most women, this improves or stops completely by around weeks 16 to 20, although for some women it can last longer. There are lots of simple things that you can do to help you through this stage, finding what triggers you and avoiding them are key. Having small snacks with you and keep drinking water/juice - little and often. Find out what works for you.

Some pregnant women experience very bad nausea and vomiting. They might be sick many times a day and be unable to keep food or drink down, which can impact on their daily life and be very debilitating. This excessive nausea and vomiting is known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), and untreated may lead to hospital treatment.

If you are worried about losing weight or becoming dehydrated then tell your midwife or doctor who can make sure you get the right medical diagnosis/treatment. You may want to manage your symptoms in a holistic way and hypnotherapy can support you with this especially if the medication has not worked for you.

Its not just the sight or smell of certain foods that can trigger sickness, sensory stimulation such as noises, moving visual images or bright light can also be triggers. Dehydration can also be avoided by sucking ice cubes made from water or juice. Don't just wait it out in the hope it will get better, seek help as soon as possible. Hypnosis is a well recognised way of helping or resolving this problem.

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