When to See a Doctor about Morning Sickness

Morning sickness

Morning sickness (Photo credit: ekea7)

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you’ve probably heard that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of York, is expecting. Whether the birth in England’s royal family interests you or not, it’s all over the news.

If you’ve been following the story, you’re probably already aware that the Duchess has been hospitalized, probably for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a severe form of morning sickness. While we certainly hope she’s feeling better soon and that all goes well, her hospitalization shines a spotlight on a condition which often goes untreated.

Dealing with Normal Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is normal in the first trimester of pregnancy. Occasionally, it can last into the second or third trimester. Morning sickness is perfectly normal, and not normally a problem. What becomes a problem is when we don’t keep ourselves hydrated during our pregnancies. Dehydration is a common effect of severe morning sickness.

If you are experiencing morning sickness, make sure to take in plenty of fluids. Try to avoid the smells and foods which aggravate your symptoms. For most women, morning sickness will subside early in the second trimester.

When to See a Doctor about Morning Sickness

In most cases, you can just let your doctor know about the morning sickness symptoms you are experiencing when you go for your regular checkups. There are a few instances, however, when you should contact your health care professional right away. These include:

  • Severe nausea which doesn’t go away
  • Inability to hold down fluids for more than one meal
  • You aren’t feeling better shortly after vomiting
  • Home remedies (i.e., ginger, mints, soda crackers, etc.) aren’t giving you relief
  • You are losing weight

Hydrate

It’s always important to stay hydrated and especially so during pregnancy. When you are dealing with morning sickness, you’re going to need to drink extra fluids. This can be tough when you want to throw up everything you eat or drink. If you’re having trouble with water, try drinking ginger ale or non-caffeinated herbal teas.

Have you experienced morning sickness during this pregnancy? How severe has it been? What do you do to stay hydrated?
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