Module 6: Hyperemesis gravidarum


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Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that can cause weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration and debility due to severe nausea and/or vomiting. Whilst it can be normal for many people who are pregnant to experience mild nausea and even some vomiting, pregnant people with HG can experience uncontrolled vomiting at any time during the day or night, and may even be woken from sleep with nausea and vomiting. HG is a severe condition requiring urgent medical intervention; it is not "just morning sickness".

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify and apply the pathophysiology of Hyperemesis gravidarum to the unwell pregnant person
  • Outline and interpret the presentation features of hyperemesis gravidarum
  • Differentiate between Hyperemesis gravidarum and generalised nausea and vomiting
  • Recognise the significance of maternal and fetal complications
  • Examine treatment options for hyperemesis gravidarum and evaluate effectiveness and risk
  • Apply person-centred empathetic communication
  • Interpret appropriate treatment and plan care for the person with hyperemesis gravidarum.


60 minutes
9th May 2023
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