Severity Levels of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

We’ve compiled a chart that describes the Severity Levels of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Severity Levels of Hyperemesis Gravidarum(Abnormal Nausea & Vomiting During Pregnancy)
Mild:

  • Usually ends by mid-pregnancy
  • Weight loss is about 5%
  • Requires medications and sometimes IV fluids
  • Mother can continue some daily activities
  • Recovery may take a few months or more
Moderate:

  • Often continues beyond mid-pregnancy but severity lessens
  • Weight loss is 5-10% (less with early treatment)
  • Requires medications, fluids, and sometimes nutrition by tube or IV
  • Mother is extremely fatigued and only able to do a few tasks
  • Recovery may take several months
  • Signs of trauma and changes in family planning often occur
Severe:

  • Often is constant and may be difficult to control with medications
  • Weight loss is 10-20% or more (less with early treatment)
  • Requires fluids, medications, and nutrition support for most of pregnancy
  • Mother is exhausted, malnourished and unable to care for herself
  • Recovery can take several months to a year or more
  • Signs of trauma and changes in family planning are common
  • Delivery may be complicated and very difficult due to debility
  • Without treatment baby may die and mother may proceed to organ failure
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