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I'm dehydrated. When should I go to the hospital?

Asked by gamergirl (62 points ) September 6th, 2009

I’m 8 wks pregnant and unable to hold anything down…water, ice, jello, popsickles they all come back up with-in minutes of consumption. My ob/gyn sent me to the hosp 5 days ago for IV fluids. My situation has not changed at all since then. I have dark concentrated urine, headache, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, rapid heart rate & weight loss (about 7 lbs in 7 days). Since it’s a holiday weekend I’m hesitant to contact my ob/gyn. Should I wait 2 more days until my doc is back in the office, call the oncall doc, or just go straight to ER (cringing at the thought)?

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casheroo's avatar

Don’t even bother contacting your ob, go straight to the ER. Let them know you are pregnant and your symtoms. Dehydration while pregnant is very serious.
I got dehydrated multiple times with pregnancy, they take you right back to get fluids…you’ll feel great afterwards. You need to keep up with your fluids!

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

That doesn’t sound good at all.
Calling a doctor would be a good idea at the very least. The on call doctor should be able to advise you on your next step.
Going to the ER isn’t desirable but it’s also a good option to consider.

augustlan's avatar

I had the same problem while pregnant, it’s very serious. Get yourself to the hospital now. Good luck!

nikipedia's avatar

Here’s another vote for the ER, right away. Dehydration is serious business.

gamergirl's avatar

@casheroo they took you right back to get fluids?! Where do you live? When I went last week my doc had to pull strings to get me a room in out patient surgery since it was after hours for the infusion room & she was concerned about the 8 hr wait for the ER….which, I have to admit, is my primary concern about going to the ER. Plus, everyone says how great they feel after infusion but I didn’t feel any better at all…sad.

casheroo's avatar

@gamergirl Well, there are good hospitals and there are crappy hospitals…I just went to one the other day and it took 4 hours, but if you go to one in a nicer neighborhood, they seem to get you back faster less people coming in for insignificant issues, since they have insurance Fluids while pregnant are actually very important. I would go to a nice hospital ER and tell them what is going on.
I live near Philadelphia

Dog's avatar

I say go NOW. Call the ob while in the waiting room.
It is very important to be proactive in your medical care. Many doctors are overwhelmed with patients.

Take Care! Check back with us!

gamergirl's avatar

Thanks for the concern & advice. I’ll call the doc & let you know what they say :)

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Good luck and best wishes!

gamergirl's avatar

Just spoke to the doctor. He is going to call ahead to labor & delivery to get me a room for IV infusion. Headed to the hosp in a few minutes. Thanks everyone.

jrpowell's avatar

Good luck. You made the right decision..

Dog's avatar

Awesome! So glad you are headed in!

augustlan's avatar

Great! Let us know how you’re feeling later, ok?

Supacase's avatar

So glad to hear you are heading in!

casheroo's avatar

Glad your doctor is getting you a room! Good luck :)

drdoombot's avatar

Questions like these shock me.

Turning to the internet for advice on a serious (if not dangerous) medical situation? Come on, people! When it’s this important, just go to the hospital! Don’t wait for people on the internet to tell you what to do!

avvooooooo's avatar

@drdoombot There are some over on Askville that are much, much worse. Obvious heart attacks, strokes… I wouldn’t be surprised to find in the news somewhere that someone was found dead with AV pulled up on their computer asking if they needed to see a doctor.

@gamergirl This one was pretty obvious. You need medical attention. Instead of writing on the internet, you should have immediately called your doctor or gone to the ER or both.

Fernspider's avatar

I think sometimes people like to gauge other peoples opinions on matters such as these for fear they may be overreacting or being a hypochondriac.

Something that may be seemingly obvious to some people or a third person perspective may be a grey area for the inexperienced or insecure or careful.

I know I have conjured ideas of grand ailments from various symptoms only to find out it was gas or something very minor. Where there is not another person around to be able to say “I’m not feeling well, do you think I am overreacting by going to the ER over this?”, sometimes the internet can act as a peer review.

I am in no way suggesting that the internet be used in place of proper medical attention but understand that sometimes people need to bounce things off others for feedbeck and reassurance.

augustlan's avatar

Also, many people think of dehydration as a nuisance (unless you’re stranded in the desert), not a serious condition. I’m glad she asked, and glad she followed the advice.

gamergirl's avatar

Thank you very much @Rachienz and @augustian for the defense. It’s hard being sick and feeling like a burden on my husband. The last thing I wanted to do was to make him take me to the ER all night on his day off. It’s hard for me to prioritize my health over that of my family & it really did help to have the encouragement from all of you to go in for fluids.

I just returned home and am feeling a little better. Also received a new prescription antiemetic so hopefully there won’t be any repeat trips.

Thanks again for all your kind advice, encouragement and most of your understanding. :)

augustlan's avatar

Glad to hear it! Best of luck on the rest of your pregnancy.

avvooooooo's avatar

I would think that if someone had already been treated for something, knew it was a problem, and knew the signs that treatment was needed… The answer is pretty obvious.

Fernspider's avatar

Yay, glad to hear that you are ok gamergirl! xoxo

jrpowell's avatar

Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

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