Pregnancy Nausea – When to Call the Doctor

Pregnancy nausea can be so severe that the doctor needs to be called.  It is important to know when to call the doctor for pregnancy nausea to avoid unnecessary complications for the unborn baby or the mother.

First Trimester

The first trimesters of pregnancy are when many women experience their morning sickness. For some women, morning sickness can become a big problem. Nevertheless, in most cases morning sickness is not life threatening. Some women might become dehydrated from being the nausea and the vomiting.  It is therefore important to know when you should call your doctor by knowing what signs to look for due to morning sickness.

Pregnancy Nausea – The Starting Point When to Call the Doctor

The starting point for morning sickness is usually at about four weeks of pregnancy and generally ends around the six week mark of pregnancy. You should be sure to let your doctor know at your next visit if your nausea and vomiting continues past that time. However, sometimes, the morning sickness might become really bad before your next scheduled time to visit your doctor. Don’t wait; get in touch with your doctor if your nausea is getting worse and let him know about it. You can try some home remedies first but do not hesitate to visit the doctor if these do not help. This is particularly important if this is your first pregnancy. If you have not been able to drink or eat anything or if you have not been able to keep anything down at all for twenty-four hours, you need to call your doctor.

Pregnancy Nausea – Vomiting and Nausea

Pregnancy Nausea - sick as a dogVomiting and nausea and may be so severe in extremely rare instances. The severity may so high that the pregnant woman loses too many fluids, nutrition starts to suffer and proper weight gain becomes impossible This may eventually result in a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. The literal translations are that hyper means “over”, emesis translates to “vomiting” and gravidarum is the “pregnant state.” about one in every three hundred pregnant women is affected. The condition is characterised as vomiting that is frequent, persistent and severe. The mother-to-be will not be able to get the nutrition and fluids she needs if this condition is left untreated. The health of the fetus could also be threatened if the condition goes untreated long enough. Be sure to be specific with your doctor and make sure he or she knows how much you have been vomiting during the day. You should also call your doctor if you are vomiting more than two or three times a day.

Pregnancy Nausea and Dehydration

Dehydration is a real danger from excessive vomiting. When your body eliminates more water than you can replace the resulting condition is dehydration. Simply put, you are not drinking and Pregnancy Nausea - person vomitingretaining more fluids than you are vomiting and loosing. The body has a variety of methods to send warning signals when we are becoming dehydrated. Dizziness or feeling faint are two of the most important signals and this is when you need to call your doctor. Low blood pressure caused by dehydration leads to the dizziness. Another warning signal sent out by your body can be if your urine appears a darker color than usual or if you are urinating less, then you should consider calling your doctor. If your eyes, mouth, and skin are feeling dry then you should also consider calling. Headaches can also be a symptom of dehydration. Feeling increasingly weak, tired, or that you are mentality less than your usual sharp self then, you’ve got, it – call your doctor.


Dehydration is not where you would try to tough it out or try to be strong. Most likely, you are already dehydrated if the vomiting is bringing on these symptoms. This can become a serious problem if the dehydration is not treated. Pregnancy complications and preterm labor issues can be triggered through dehydration. A simple approach is to drink at least 10 pints of water daily or more, if you can handle it. This will help reduce the risk of dehydration.

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