The first trimester of the pregnancy is usually the hardest for it is when the phenomenon of morning sickness haunts the expectants; albeit not all of them experience it. Morning sickness is not a life threatening problem, but it is not considered a small problem either. For one thing, it can lead to dehydration due to too much vomiting. It's important that you recognize the warning signs of morning sickness so you can better prepare yourself for it and know when to call the doctor.
Morning sickness begins as early as four weeks into pregnancy and lasts for about three months. If your nausea and vomiting continues past this point, you're all green to call the doctor. Take note that morning sickness can increase in severity at anytime. Simply inform your doctor if the symptoms are worsening - and if the medications given to you do not work. After a full day that you keep vomiting everything that you're trying to take in, call the doctor as soon as you can.
Rarer cases of morning sickness are so severe that the pregnant woman is unable to be nourished at all. This can become, if not already is, hyperemesis gravidarum. The name means over (hyper), vomiting (emesis), and pregnant (gravidarum). This happens to about 0.3% of pregnant women. It is characterized by frequently occurring vomiting. The mother's health is at risk should it go untreated. The fetus' health and life is at risk if it is left untreated any longer. The fetus' health and life is at risk if it is left untreated any longer. Inform your doctor if your morning sickness has gotten worse, and on how many times you've vomited during the day. If you've vomited over three times in one day, that's a sign that your condition is getting worse, so you have to call your doctor immediately.
Vomiting can lead to dehydration. Dehydration happens when your body loses more fluids than you can replace. When you vomit excessively, you lose fluids faster than you gain them by drinking water. The human body displays signs that you're dehydrating. Feeling dizzy or about to faint is one of those signs, and you should call your doctor immediately. What makes you dizzy is the fact that your blood pressure is lowered due to the dehydration process. Also, if your urine is darker in color, or if you're urinating in small quantities, a phone call to the doctor would be appropriate.
Another instance that you should be calling the doctor is when you feel your eyes, skin, and mouth too dry. Headaches are common symptoms of dehydration. You'll also feel too tired, weak, and absent minded. When you're dehydrated, you won't have the strength to hang in there. The fact that you are noticing the symptoms makes you already dehydrated. This is a serious problem for expectant moms. It can lead to premature labor or other complications with your pregnancy. When dehydrated, try drinking plenty of water, say ten pints if possible.