Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a Severe Problem in Pregnancy

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a Severe Problem in PregnancyAs the Duchess of Cambridge has reported with the debilitating condition that affects pregnant women in very rare cases, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is in news widely.

HG features very severe vomiting and nausea with very less of food and fluid getting digested by the women suffering from it. It affects at most 1.5% pregnancies and is reported mostly in women carrying multiples or girl.

Under the effect of HG, pregnant women may have to vomit 100 times a day. The number is really big and leaves a pregnant woman's condition deteriorated to a large extent. Mostly it leads to weight loss of five percent in the woman.

The exact reason that leads to this sickness is not yet clear but it is believed that it occurs due to genetic factors, body chemistry and health. It attacks at eight to 12 weeks of gestation. It may also cause dehydration in mother's body.

Other than weight loss, dehydration and excessive nausea, it features stress on mind and body and difficulty doing the daily activities. It is very fragile condition for pregnant women who if not dealt with proper treatment on time can lead to multiple complications like kidney failure and depression. In the to-be-born baby, it leads to lower weight and birth before the completion of gestation period.