18. Severe Vomiting
Some vomiting in pregnancy is common. During pregnancy, it is common for you to feel nauseous or vomit in the mornings. Some women may also vomit when they are tired later on in the day. Some women even have to take time off from work. If you are vomiting many times a day and are not able to eat or drink anything without being sick, then it could be due to hyperemesis gravidarum or HG.
Excessive vomiting can cause you to become dehydrated and cause your body to lose the nutrients that your baby needs to grow. Fortunately, this condition is quite rare and only affects one in 100 women. It usually begins between four weeks to seven weeks and starts to ease by the time you get to 15 weeks. Most of the time you will be over it by 20 weeks, but you could be one of those rare women who suffer from it right to the end of their pregnancy.
But if it starts after 12 weeks you could have a gastric problem, a urinary tract infection or a problem with diabetes or a thyroid disease. You most likely have HG if you have prolonged and severe vomiting, you can’t eat or drink anything without vomiting. You could lose some of your pre-pregnancy weight and you get dehydrated.
Your doctor might order a urine test to see if you are dehydrated, or a blood test to check for any other problems like kidney or liver problems. If your conditions are severe you could be put on to a drip to restore lost fluids, vitamins and minerals. Your doctor will evaluate giving you anti-sickness medications.