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Gastrointestinal Disorders During Pregnancy

photo of pregnant woman suffering with nausea in morningMost people are already familiar with the fact that the majority of pregnant women experience some degree of morning sickness. However, some women experience an extreme form of sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy. This is not a condition that can simply be helped with ginger ale and crackers. It is actually a serious and potentially dangerous situation that often requires the attention of a medical professional. It’s important for women to know the difference between typical morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum if they are experiencing morning sickness that seems more severe than it should be.

The Basics of Morning Sickness

While the nausea experienced during pregnancy is referred to as morning sickness, it is often an all-day sickness. It occurs due to the spike in hormones that takes place as the placenta develops during the first trimester of pregnancy. Women with morning sickness may experience vomiting or they may simply experience nausea. It typically shows up early in the first trimester and disappears by the 14-week mark. Some women experience morning sickness that lasts much longer. While morning sickness may be an uncomfortable experience, its presence is seen as a sign that a pregnancy is progressing normally. Of course, some women do not experience morning sickness. This is also perfectly normal. Most women can rest assured that what they are experiencing is standard morning sickness if they are still capable of eating and drinking enough to stay nourished and hydrated. Of course, even a woman who experiences a manageable level of morning sickness may still have to deal with heartburn, hemorrhoids, constipation and other gastrointestinal issues while pregnant.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

What happens when a women is so sick that she becomes dehydrated and loses drastic amounts of weight during the first trimester of pregnancy? This is often a sign that a woman is experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum became part of the mainstream conversation in 2014 when Kate Middleton was hospitalized while suffering from this condition during her pregnancy. Headlines were made again when she was forced to skip official events due to the condition during another pregnancy in 2017. However, many women suffer from this condition away from the spotlight of the public eye during pregnancy. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of morning sickness that can be debilitating. Seeking treatment is important because the severe electrolyte imbalances that can occur from frequent vomiting and dehydration can potentially be dangerous for an expectant mother. It is often necessary to be evaluated and possibly seek in-patient therapies to replenish hydration levels to where they need to be. Prescription drugs and hospitalization may be necessary in some instances.

Are You Concerned About Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy?

Women should not hesitate to reach out to seek help if they are concerned that their morning sickness may be more severe than what should be expected. Dr. Cofrancesco, Dr. Quijano and the entire staff here at GI North can offer help regarding the gastrointestinal disorders that women experience during pregnancy. Our office is located in Cumming, Georgia. We serve clients from Milton, Canton, Roswell, Alpharetta, Buford, Suwanee, Duluth, Sugar Hill, Lilburn, Norcross, Mountain Park, Gainesville, and other surrounding communities. Don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appointment.

The information contained within the article above should be used for general informational purposes only. No portion of this article should be viewed as medical advice or used in the place of an actual diagnosis. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff at GI North if you have any questions regarding gastrointestinal disorders during pregnancy. You can address non-emergency symptoms by booking an appointment at GI North in Cumming, Georgia. Seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing abdominal pain, extreme vomiting, dehydration or any other serious symptoms.

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