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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

You commonly hear about morning sickness, but what if the nausea is so severe, you're finding a hard time coping? Here, signs you could have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum and what you should do about it.

What’s the best way to treat hyperemesis gravidarum?

Try modifying your diet to have small, frequent meals (an empty stomach can sometimes trigger more nausea), avoiding fatty foods and drinking plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration. If that still doesn’t help, your doctor may suggest taking the vitamin B6, which in some cases has been shown to decrease nausea in pregnancy, or even certain anti-nausea prescription medications.

What can I do to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum?

Unfortunately, there’s not much, if anything, you can do to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum. But the good news is that while it’s sheer misery when you’re in the midst of it, this is one condition that definitely goes away the moment your baby is born.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have hyperemesis gravidarum?

“I had this with my first, and it was significantly worse with my second. I was hospitalized and on home health care with IVs and a Zofran pump for several months. We are currently planning TTC our third, and I am terrified of going through it again.”

“I have had it both pregnancies, but mine was and still is manageable. They almost sent me home with an IV about 12 weeks or so, but things got better, so I did not end up with that route. I have a friend that was so bad that she needed the IV and nurse care at home for quite some time.”

“I was on three different medications that I injected into my IV line that I had all the time. I had a backpack IV bag so I could leave the house with my IV pole. Unfortunately, there wasn’t that much that helped me and I was sick until I delivered.”

Are there any other resources for hyperemesis gravidarum?

HER (Hyperemesis Education & Research) Foundation

Plus, more from The Bump:

Morning Sickness

Nausea During Pregnancy

Sick of Being Sick?

-- Christian Hoffman, MD, medical director and chair of the department of obstetrics/gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, New Jersey

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