Overcoming hyperemesis gravidarum with hypnotherapy

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe pregnancy complication that affects pregnant women. While many experience morning sickness during their first trimester, HG takes it to another level and can be life-threatening if not properly managed. Women with HG suffer prolonged and severe vomiting, as well as loss of appetite, dehydration, and even liver or thyroid dysfunction. It can be a challenging time for the mother-to-be and her family.


What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe pregnancy complication that affects only a small percentage of pregnant women. While morning sickness is expected during the first trimester, HG takes it to the next level with frequent nausea and vomiting.

It's not 'just bad morning sickness' - this condition can be dangerous and put both the mother and the baby at risk. Not only can HG lead to dehydration, but it can also cause liver and thyroid dysfunction if left untreated. If you're pregnant and experiencing excessive nausea and vomiting, talk to your doctor immediately - hyperemesis gravidarum should not be taken lightly!

Signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum 

When it comes to hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the symptoms can differ from mild to severe and include:

  • persistent vomiting, which often includes projectile vomiting
  • extreme nausea
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • dehydration
  • low blood pressure
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

HG sufferers may also experience psychological issues such as depression and anxiety due to their condition. Women with HG may find it challenging to take care of themselves or a baby, as the symptoms can be debilitating, making even simple activities like getting out of bed seem impossible.

It's crucial for pregnant women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum in order to seek medical attention as soon as possible if needed. If left untreated, HG can have serious consequences such as electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, and malnutrition for both mother and baby. It is also important for family and friends to be aware of hyperemesis gravidarum, so they can provide support for the mother if needed.

Causes of hyperemesis gravidarum 

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a serious form of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. While morning sickness is common in pregnancy, HG can be debilitating, causing extreme nausea and vomiting that cannot be easily managed with traditional remedies or medications.

No one knows the exact cause of hyperemesis gravidarum, though it is believed to be related to high levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG. HGC increases rapidly during early pregnancy and can continue to rise throughout a woman's pregnancy.

Other factors that may contribute to HG include:

  • stress from work or family pressure
  • worries about the health and gender of the baby
  • birth-related anxieties
  • past trauma

Treatment options for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)

When suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during pregnancy, it is essential to explore all your treatment options. While conventional treatments such as hospitalisation, intravenous fluids, and medication can effectively control the symptoms, some alternatives may help relieve nausea and vomiting associated with HG.

Acupressure, for example, has been used as a treatment for HG and other pregnancy-related issues. This non-invasive practice involves applying pressure to certain points on the body to stimulate certain nerves or muscles. It is thought that these pressure points can help alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with HG by helping to reduce stress and tension.

Ginger root is another natural remedy for HG recommended by healthcare professionals. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm the stomach and limit vomiting episodes associated with HG. A study conducted in 2012 found that taking ginger root was more effective than a placebo in treating nausea, retching, and vomiting among women with HG. However, more research is needed to discover the effectiveness of ginger root as a treatment for HG; many women have reported positive results from using it.

It's important to remember that hyperemesis gravidarum can be a serious medical issue and should not be taken lightly. If you are experiencing extreme nausea or vomiting that is not relieved by conventional treatments or natural remedies, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. HG can quickly become a medical emergency and should be taken seriously.

How hypnotherapy can help with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a time of excitement and anticipation for many expecting mothers, but unfortunately, hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) can put a damper on the joys of pregnancy. The constant vomiting, exhaustion, and worry can be difficult to cope with, often leaving pregnant women feeling helpless.

The good news is that hypnotherapy has been proven to help with hyperemesis gravidarum. Hypnotherapy works by using a combination of relaxation techniques and visual imagery to reduce stress and anxiety. It allows the pregnant woman to relax and can have a calming effect on the body, helping to reduce or even eliminate vomiting.

Hypnotherapy also teaches expectant mothers to become more self-aware and in tune with their thoughts and feelings. This mindfulness helps them monitor their emotions better, allowing them to manage stress more effectively. Additionally, hypnotherapists can give positive affirmations and suggestions that change a person's perception of hyperemesis gravidarum.

Hypnotherapy is a safe, natural treatment option for hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy, and it is just as effective, and often more so than drug treatments. Many doctors are now recommending hypnotherapy as a treatment option for hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy, so if you're struggling with HG, consider giving it a try. With the help of hypnotherapy, you can find relief from hyperemesis gravidarum and enjoy your pregnancy!

Seeing results for a happy, healthy pregnancy

You should expect to see changes after the third session and find that all symptoms should be completely relieved by the fifth session. There's no hard and fast rule. But it will often come down to the experience of your therapist.

Pregnant women suffering from HG cannot visit a therapist face-to-face or are hospital-bound, but if your hypnotherapist offices a combination of face-to-face and online sessions, you are covered, so you can get back to being yourself and enjoying your pregnancy!

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Marie De Bono, Solution Focused Hypnotherap, & Psychotherapy Practitioner
London E18 & Crawley West Sussex RH10

Marie De Bono - Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapy Practitioner - BA (Hons) - NBMP (Reg) - AfSFH (Reg)

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