Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe morning sickness condition that some women experience. Under normal circumstances, a woman might experience morning sickness which can be characterized by vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn and so on. It is important to point out the hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms early enough so that proper care and steps can be taken to manage it.
It is important to understand that when conception takes place, the body does not recognize the fertilized egg as part of the woman’s body. The woman’s immune system will then work towards getting rid of this ‘foreign body’. However, because such is anticipated, the body will have also produced human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to counter this body reaction. The HCG fights to keep the egg inside the body until the placenta grows to take charge of the situation. Just before fertilization of the egg, the HCG in the body of a woman is suppressed to allow conception to take place.
Immediately after fertilization it spikes in its quantity. The HCG also influences in the production of progesterone such that more blood is redirected towards the uterus so as to enable the embryo to grow. This is the time that hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms start to show.
It is understood that the battle between the several hormones with the body is what causes morning sickness. However, when it comes to hyperemesis gravidarum the situation is slightly different because it happens mostly in women who have several pregnancies mostly. With every consecutive pregnancy the HCG levels will rise.
The levels of this hormone will eventually rise to such levels that the immune system of the woman will simply not cope with. It is at such times that serious nausea and vomiting will start for a woman and those are some of the first hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms.
When someone looks at the actual symptoms associated with hyperemesis gravidarum, a person will note that they are just like morning sickness only that they are a little bit more serious. Some of the hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms include lack of taste, tiredness, constipation, fainting, pallor, weight loss, lack of urination and so on.
It is also important to note that all of these symptoms are detrimental to the development of the child. It is therefore very important to seek medical attention whenever these symptoms are noticed. Better still, it is always wise to visit a gynecologist the first few weeks after one discovers that they are pregnant. There are several methods which can be used to treat this condition but delay in seeking medical attention can cause serious infections to the esophagus as well as having hallucinations among other symptoms.