Hyperemesis gravidarum is severe and unrelenting nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy. If you've had a friend or a relative with this condition, or have suffered through it in the past, you're likely wondering how to avoid this miserable experience in the future. It is important to learn about the factors that increase your risk for hyperemesis gravidarum, so that even if you can't prevent it, you can be more prepared.
Although up to 70 percent of pregnant women experience some amount of nausea and vomiting in their first trimester, Scientific American noted that hyperemesis gravidarum only affects between 0.2 and two percent of women in developed countries. The nausea and vomiting associated with hyperemesis gravidarum is so severe that women can lose five percent or more of their body weight, may be hospitalized, and can even suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing this condition.
Thankfully, according to Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation (HER), the nausea and vomiting associated with hyperemesis gravidarum may improve sometime between 14 and 21 weeks. But the not-so-great news is that for up to half of the women who are diagnosed, the symptoms last their entire pregnancy.
Because it's such a severe condition, you should learn what factors will increase your risk of the dreaded hyperemesis gravidarum.