Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a dangerous form of morning sickness, and affects up to 4% of 1000 pregnant women in developed countries. Even though the statistics show it is not common, it is vitally important that all women know the signs, and know what to do.
What Are The Chances Of My Second Pregnancy Giving Me HG?
Recent studies showed that there is an 80% chance that if you have suffered with HG in your first pregnancy, you will also have it in the second. Even if there was a different partner involved, it made no difference.
What Is The Remedy?
The only way to ease symptoms and help your body battle through, is fluids. In many cases women need to be hospitalised so they can be given fluids intravenously, as they are unable to even keep water down.
Can I Prevent It?
Research showed that women who suffered with allergies had to suffer the symptoms of HG for longer, and also for those women who ate a special diet e.g. lactose free diets, and vegetarian diets. Lactose and vegetarian diets are high in oestrogen, so experts believe that avoiding oestrogen may aid the symptoms.
- At the moment there are certainly a lot of questions that need answering, as there's too much speculation surrounding causes and prevention. The resounding point that many doctors, midwives and nurses are saying, is not to panic. Do not be put off getting pregnant because of this, and if you have any worries at all then you should contact your GP or resident midwife.