Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of pregnancy sickness which can start early in pregnancy and last for months.

Symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum include extreme levels of nausea and vomiting, which can cause dehydration.

Find out more about severe vomiting in pregnancy.

Treatment for severe pregnancy sickness

If you have severe pregnancy sickness, you will be admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. You will usually be treated as a day case in ward 9A of the Tower Block, but you may need to stay overnight.

The day unit offers rapid IV rehydration in recliner chairs, which should allow you to go home the same day. The benefits of the day unit include:

  • you won’t have to wait for a ward bed, so there are no delays in starting treatment
  • a quiet, comfortable area with recliner chairs
  • dedicated nursing staff can offer advice on how to manage your symptoms
  • treatment can be planned in advance, so you can arrange it around other commitments