Severe Morning Sickness
Morning sickness can be defined as the bouts of nausea and vomiting experienced by pregnant women in their first trimester of pregnancy. This is a perfectly normal part of any pregnancy and if experienced normally should not be cause for alarm. However, a severe version of this can result in a medical condition which is not normal and should be treated by a medical professional before it poses a threat to the health of both the mother and her child. Severe morning sickness, known by its medical term “hyperemesis gravidarum” is a medical condition in which a pregnant mother experiences excessive vomiting multiple times a day. This can result in weight loss and puts the mother at risk for dehydration.
Severe morning sickness, in addition to its dangerous symptoms, also occurs on a different timeline the traditional morning sickness. Severe morning sickness can start earlier in the pregnancy and although most women will begin to feel improvements halfway through their pregnancy, some may experience this condition throughout the entirety of their pregnancy.
There is a wide range of treatments for severe morning sickness, all of which require the consultation of a medical professional. The resulting dehydration can be treated by IV fluids and any nutrient loss can be reintroduced through vitamin and nutritional supplements. Changes in diet of the mother can also help reduce the symptoms associated with severe morning sickness. In very severe cases, doctors have prescribed anti-vomiting medication to treat the symptoms of severe morning sickness. Zofran is one of the drugs that has been prescribed off-label to treat this condition. However, investigations by Zofran attorneys have raised concerns that Zofran can lead to birth defects if taken by women while pregnant. Therefore, the use of this drug for this particular treatment is highly cautioned.