Morning sickness (MS) is nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, typically occurring in the first few months.
Despite its name, the nausea can affect pregnant women at any time of day. In fact, according to a study of more than 360 pregnant women, only 2% experienced only nausea in the morning whereas 80% of women experienced nausea throughout the day. So, the term “morning sickness” is somewhat of a misnomer. Medically, morning sickness is known as nausea and vomiting during pregnancy or emesis gravidarum, a Greek and Latin etymology, which means “vomiting, pregnant woman.” Unfortunately, morning sickness and vomiting during pregnancy is widely misunderstood by many professionals in the medical community
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is severe morning sickness.
HG, which is a Greek and Latin combination, means “excessive vomiting of pregnant women.” HG is characterized by extreme, excessive and persistent nausea. It is also associated with a weight loss of more than 5 percent of the woman’s pre-pregnancy weight. While morning sickness can be debilitating, HG lasts nearly all day and is much more pronounced in its symptoms.
Of the 90% of pregnant women who experience some sort of morning sickness during pregnancy, .5% – 2% experience HG. This translates to 20,000 to 80,000 cases of HG in the United States per year.
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