How is hyperemesis gravidarum diagnosed?

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Studies show that hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, only occurs in about two percent of all pregnant women. However, it can cause premature birth or low birth weight. Persistent vomiting can also tear your esophagus. It may cause liver damage for the mother if it goes beyond 16-18 weeks.

Diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum is based on symptoms and blood and urine test results. Your doctor will determine whether you are losing weight as a result of persistent vomiting and will find any signs of dehydration, such as abnormal electrolytes.

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