Also indexed as:Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Pregnancy (Nausea)
Wake up to a new day with less nausea and a greater feeling of well-being. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
About This Condition
Morning sickness is the common but poorly understood nausea that frequently accompanies early pregnancy.
It is generally not serious, although it can be quite unpleasant. Hyperemesis gravidarum is uncontrollable
nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that results in severe dehydration and pH imbalances in the blood. It is
distinct from morning sickness with nausea and vomiting. The former condition requires treatment by a
healthcare professional and, sometimes, hospitalization. Hyperemesis gravidarum can sometimes result from
hyperthyroidism,1 liver disease, kidney infection, pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction, or other
causesóconditions that will not respond to any of the natural substances discussed in this article.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, lightheadedness, and dizziness during the early stages of pregnancy. Women with morning sickness may be particularly sensitive to certain odors and foods. However, eating small amounts of a particular food may relieve their symptoms.
A controlled trial found that acupuncture significantly reduced symptoms in women with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy that usually requires hospitalization.2 Treatment consisted of acupuncture at a single point on the forearm three times daily for two consecutive days. Acupressure (in which pressure, rather than needles, is used to stimulate acupuncture points) has also been found in several preliminary trials to be mildly effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.3, 4, 5
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