Erschöpft und kraftlos durch Hyperemesis gravidarum

Hyperemesis gravidarum: when nausea doesn’t go away

Erschöpft und kraftlos durch Hyperemesis gravidarum

Hyperemesis gravidarum: the causes

Worldwide, between 0.5 and two percent of pregnant women are affected by hyperemesis gravidarum. The best known example is probably Duchess Kate Middleton. You have suffered from excessive vomiting in all previous pregnancies. It is not yet clear why some women develop hyperemesis gravidarum. In the meantime, however, certain risk groups can be identified:


  • Twin or multiple pregnancies
  • Diseases of the external pericarp (trophoblastic disease)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum in previous pregnancies
  • Cases of hyperemesis gravidarum in the family.
  • severe obesity
  • History of eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia).
  • mental stress

According to gynecologists, a possible explanation for severe nausea is a particularly high concentration of the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropy). In multiple pregnancies, the level of hCG is generally higher than in a normal pregnancy, as is the case with trophoblastic diseases. Therefore, the probability of hyperemesis gravidarum increases in both cases.