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Walk in Medical Clinics Can Help Expectant Mothers Managing Extreme Morning Sickness

April 29, 2016
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Creating and bearing a child is one of life’s greatest miracles. It’s one of the ultimate joys for millions of parents everywhere, but it doesn’t always happen so easily. Aside from the conception struggles many couples have, millions of women suffer from side-effects of their pregnancy every year. Walk in medical clinics and urgent care centers might not be the ideal place to give birth to a child, but they can be great places for helping to manage some of the not-so-pleasant side effects.

One of the most typical pregnancy symptoms is morning sickness, but severe or extreme cases of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) can also occur. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but mothers who have experienced it know just how devastating the symptoms can be. For starters, the amount of vomiting it induces is staggering. It’s not uncommon for a woman to throw up 50 times or more in a single day! Extreme nausea, weight loss, and dehydration are other possible symptoms.

According to a new study covered by the New Scientist, this condition could mean an increased chance of the women bearing a female child, but definitive conclusions could not be made.

While many of the reasons why this condition occurs are still unknown, some theorize that it has to do with things like hormone imbalances, obesity, or eating disorders — there are some things you can, and should, do to help manage the symptoms. That’s where walk-in medical clinics come into play.

Approximately 3 million patients visit urgent care clinics every week in the U.S., but many might not realize most locations offer easy and convenient access to intravenous fluids. Besides miscarriages, one of the biggest risk factors of hyperemesis gravidarum is dehydration. The excessive amount of vomiting and inability to keep substances down can make this a very real, serious, and potentially dangerous symptom.

Fortunately, with well over 6,800 walk in medical clinics across the U.S., it shouldn’t be hard to find a facility near you for you or your suffering significant other. With the majority (57%) of urgent care visits having wait times under 15 minutes, it’s the perfect option for an expectant mother in need of IV fluids in a hurry.

Remember, in the event of an emergency, it’s still best to go to a hospital or dedicated emergency room.