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Will hyperemesis gravidarum affect my unborn baby?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hyperemesis gravidarium is excessive nausea and vomiting that persists beyond the first trimester of pregnancy. Women with hyperemesis gravidarium experience dehydration, decreased weight gain, anemia and malnutrition. These physiologic alterations all pose a potential risk to the developing fetus. Women with hyperemesis gravidarium are at risk for intrauterine growth retardation, pre-term labor/birth, stillbirth and other pregnancy complications.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Women who experience hyperemesis gravidarum suffer weight loss during pregnancy. This may cause low birth weight and, in some cases, premature birth. It is essential to seek treatment for this condition to avoid any health risks for you and your unborn baby.

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