Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is frequently described as consistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that prevents the woman from eating food and drinking fluids. This severe nausea and violent vomiting prevent the body from retaining and utilizing food and fluid. Some common concerns associated with untreated hyperemesis include:
- rapid loss of weight (sometimes more than 10% of pre-pregnancy weight)
- critical nutrient deficiencies in early pregnancy
- metabolic imbalances, including ketosis
- inability to participate in previous levels of activity, including daily living
BabyFit Member, DeCole, experienced this condition during her second pregnancy. "I was losing weight at a rapid pace and not enjoying any part of life," DeCole recounts. "I was not able to keep down water, ice chips, or anything they recommend to ease morning sickness. My job was suffering, my family was suffering, and no one knew what to do to help me." DeCole informed her doctor of her "severe morning sickness" during a routine checkup.