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Is morning sickness serious?

While most women experience mild to moderate symptoms of morning sickness that gradually improve without treatment, a small percentage of women experience severe, persistent nausea and vomiting that can last the entire pregnancy. This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum. Persistent vomiting can lead to dehydration which, if severe, can be dangerous and may require hospitalization. Signs that you may require further care include: dehydration (look for dark-colored urine, urinating infrequently, or feeling dizzy while standing); vomiting continually throughout the day; blood in the vomit; being unable to keep any food or liquids in your stomach for more than 12 hours, and; losing weight.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Morning sickness


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