HG is more common in young pregnant women. It is also more common in pregnant women who are Asian or Black.
Things that may raise your risk are:
HG during prior pregnancies
Prior molar pregnancy—a growth of abnormal tissue in the womb
Mother or sister with HG
A multiple pregnancy
Having certain health problems, such as migraines or motion sickness
HG may cause:
Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy
Weight loss of more than 5% of your pre-pregnancy weight
Lightheadedness and fainting
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. You may have:
Weight measurement—to determine if you have lost weight
The earlier you get treatment, the faster you can recover. Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Here are some ways to treat HG:
Try to eat frequent, small meals of bland, dry, high protein foods
Treating nausea may allow you to eat and drink. This will help you get better faster. There aren’t any medicines that treat HG. But there are ones that can help control symptoms. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any medicines you take.
Vitamin B6 is a safe way to treat HG. It may be taken with or without doxylamine (an anti-histamine).
If you have dehydration, lightheadedness, and fainting, you may need IV fluids and vitamins. Rarely, you may need IV fluids throughout your pregnancy.
If you can’t take in enough food by mouth, you may need IV nutrition. A special kind of catheter is placed in a large vein. Liquid nutrition is given through it.
Termination of Pregnancy
In rare cases, induced abortion may be done if all other treatments have been tried.
To lower your chance of nausea during pregnancy:
Take prenatal vitamins for one month before you get pregnant.
If you had nausea and vomiting during a prior pregnancy, talk to your doctor about taking vitamin B6 and doxylamine when you become pregnant.
Stay away from smells, foods, or other things that make you nauseated.
Eat frequent, small bland meals.
Don't allow yourself to get too hungry or too full.
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