Originally Answered: Pregnancy Symptoms?
hypermesis is really bad as far i know but my friend was diagnosed with it..thogh she had to be on IV, and also lost a lot of weight due to vomiting..she now has a healthy kid..who was born with normal weight..Because of the potential for severe dehydration and other complications, it s generally treated as a medical emergency. Treatment of this condition ay include antiemetic medications and intravenous rehydration. If medication and IV hydration are insufficient nutritional support may be required.
Management of this can be complicated because not all women respond to treatment. Coping strategies for uncomplicated morning sickness, which may include eating a bland diet and eating before rising in the morning, may be of some assistance but are unlikely to resolve the disorder on their own.
There is evidence that ginger may be effective in treating pregnancy-related nausea, however this is generally ineffective in cases of HG.
IV hydration is very very important...it often includes supplementation of electrolytes as persistent vomiting frequently leads to a deficiency. Likewise supplementation for lost thiamine (Vitamin B1) must be considered to reduce the risk of Wernicke's encephalopathy.
After IV rehydration is completed, mother is generally progress to frequent small liquid or bland meals. After rehydration, treatment focuses on managing symptoms to allow normal intake of food.
While no medication is considered completely risk-free for use during pregnancy, there are several which are commonly used to treat this condition are believed to be safe.
The standard treatment in most of the world is Benedictin, a combination of doxylamine succinate and vitamin B6. However, due to a series of birth-defect lawsuits in the United States against its maker, Merrill Dow, Benedictin is not currently on the market in the U.S. (None of the lawsuits were successful, and numerous independent studies and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have concluded that Benedictin does not cause birth defects.)
Its component ingredients are available over-the-counter (doxylamine succinate is the active ingredient in many sleep medications), and some doctors will recommend this treatment to their patients.
Antiemetic drugs, especially ondansetron (Zofran), are effective in many women. The major drawback of ondansetron is its extremely high cost. In severe cases of Hypermesis, the Zofran pump may be more effective than tablets. Metoclopramide is sometimes used in conjunction with antiemetic drugs; however, it has a somewhat higher incidence of side effects.
Good Luck...and dont worry...