Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. But what if you're experiencing severe morning sickness or no morning sickness at all? Is that bad for baby? Symptoms of morning sickness can vary among women, and even among pregnancies, but they usually don't have an affect on baby's development unless you let your severe morning sickness symptoms go untreated.
Severe Morning Sickness
Severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), is different from "normal" morning sickness. The name itself means "excessive vomiting during pregnancy," and if not monitored, it can create complications for mom, like dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. If you find that vomiting and nausea are making it impossible to eat or keep anything down consistently, alert your doctor right away. Be honest about your food and liquid consumption, so your OB/GYN can monitor you closely and better decide whether you should be admitted to the hospital to receive an IV to restore fluids and rebalance electrolytes. While certain factors can increase your chances of having hyperemesis gravidarum, such as carrying twins, a subsequent pregnancy after a first pregnancy with HG or a history of motion sickness, it is impossible to say what exactly causes the body to have such severe symptoms. But a heredity link may be possible, as many women who have HG find that someone else in their family had it too.
No Morning Sickness
On the other side of the spectrum, you might become a bit nervous if you do not have any morning sickness symptoms at all, especially if you are in your first trimester. Because morning sickness is often a telltale sign of pregnancy in the first 12 weeks, it can be a bit unnerving if you do not have any symptoms, especially since you might otherwise not "feel or look pregnant." While morning sickness is often attributed to the rise of hormones like progesterone, estrogen and hCG in your body, it does not mean that you need to have morning sickness in order to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Each body handles the hormonal change in the pregnant body differently, which can affect the severity of your morning sickness symptoms. Just consider yourself among the lucky mothers who have carried healthy babies without one smidge of morning sickness. But if you are experiencing severe anxiety about your absence of symptoms, bring this up to your doctor at your next appointment.
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