Can Morning Sickness Be Dangerous?


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In and of itself, morning sickness in not dangerous. As a matter of fact, morning sickness tells you that your body is doing what it needs to be doing in order to help your baby grow and develop. It is estimated that more than two thirds of all women will experience morning sickness at some point or another, to some degree or another, during their pregnancy. While not having morning sickness doesn’t mean that there is a problem, having morning sickness is just a reminder, if an unpleasant one, of your blessing to come. And, the good news is that morning sickness is almost never dangerous.

There really are only a couple of risks when it comes to morning sickness. When you have morning sickness that includes vomiting rather than nausea alone, and when that vomiting is severe, it is a condition known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. A woman who has Hyperemesis Gravidarum may have a hard time keeping any food or drink down. Here is where morning sickness can be dangerous. If you can’t keep enough food down, it is going to impact you nutritionally. If you can’t keep your prenatal vitamin down, it puts your baby at risk. By not getting enough folic acid, for example, you increase your baby’s risk of getting certain types of birth defects by as much as 50%. In addition to this, the other danger when you have severe morning sickness is that you will become dehydrated. Dehydration has a number of negative affects on your body.

If morning sickness becomes dangerous for you due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum, your health care provider will likely need to treat you. Generally speaking, you may be admitted to the hospital, and treated with an IV for rehydration. It is also likely that you will be given certain nutritional elements that both you and your baby need via IV as well. If you have severe morning sickness and have been unable to keep anything down, you should contact your health care provider.



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