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Kate Pregnant: Severe Morning Sickness Explained
The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital with a rare condition that causes severe morning sickness.
The severity of the vomiting caused by hyperemesis gravidarum can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.
Sky's Health Correspondent Thomas Moore said: "The first step would be to get a woman on to a drip as soon as possible, get some fluid back into her bloodstream.
"If that doesn't settle things, doctors can in fact stick a tube all the way through the stomach into the small intestines to make sure there is some nutrition getting into the mother.
"There would also be the possibility of medication."
Hyperemesis gravidarum affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnant women and can cause women to vomit blood.
Hyperemesis gravidarum sufferer Jennifer Burner told Sky News: "I think what makes it so difficult is that not many people understand it. What you are going through is deemed by many people as normal, they just think you are being sick quite a lot.
"I was sick over 35 times a day, every day until the 35th week of my pregnancy, which means you lose weight. In my case I was put on drips to be rehydrated, put on steroids to keep my body warning.
"I have never had normal morning sickness but I don't believe it is quite like that."
Retired midwife Val Clarke told Sky News "It often happens in very slim young ladies who - I don't know the reason why - become pregnant and the demands of the pregnancy are overwhelming to the point that vomiting becomes much more severe much earlier.
"Poor Kate, it would appear she is having very early symptoms which are very severe.
"It is not anything that needs to be worried about, although in extreme cases sometimes termination is required because the mother becomes very, very ill and dehydrated.
"I admire Kate. She was playing hockey, she may have been feeling awful, but she put on a very good show for everybody. But now I think she needs to tend to her own wellbeing and that of the baby."
The condition usually passes after the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, but may also last longer.
what do you think?
Lets hope that this highlights this incapacitating condition, which is not really that uncommon. I had it through two pregnancies from a couple of weeks into the pregnancy until the day after i had my babies. Vomited morning, noon and night! My doctor wanted to sign me off work, but i struggled throught it, taking about three hours to get in to work because i kept having to get off the bus to vomit. It was so bad that it ruined the joy of being pregnant and was the major reason i didn't have a bigger family. It's awful and i found most male gps very sceptical and unsympathetic
And i would dispute the number quoted in the article. On an anecdotal basis, i know several women who had this, so i feel it is more common than stated above. Ps a gp told me it usually means a well embedded and healthy foetus
I wouldn't have been a happy passenger on that bus and i don't believe that a driver would keep letting you on and off considering their schedules. Stay at home next time please
Anthony,don't be so silly. I didn't inconvenience anyone.I had to get off the bus and wait for another and so on. But thanks for the friendly and sympathetic tone of your message - much appreciated.
Er from what I read Louisa stated she got off the bus and not back on and it took her 3 hours so I presume this meant she had to wait for the next bus? (Could be wrong but that's how I read it!) men! You have no idea how pregnancy ailments can sometimes end up being debilitating to some unfortunate women.
Hyperemesis is awfull. I was admitted into hospital with it as I was so dehydrated, I also lost 3 stone too. I'm 29 weeks pregnant with twins and the sickness is still bad. I've been on tablets since coming out of hospital to calm the sickness down. Everyday I'm sick at least once but without the tablets I'd be sick at least 5 times a day. I wish Kate well as its not nice going throu bad sickness.
Hope it gets better for you later bev
Get well soon Bev and Kate.
Bev, it is horrible and glad someone has prescribed something for you. It'll be worth it eventually so hold on in there
Glad to say ive never had morning sickness.???
I been sick in the morning once or twice. Turns out i was very very drunk.
What Shaun - not even after a night out at the pub LOL
your just not.funny.
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I had this through 2 pregnancies i was told its a sign of a strong pregnancy , it was awful i spent preety much the whole of it in hospital right up to the end i even threw up in the delivery suite ! i now have a fear of being sick it was the most trumatic time i feel for kate and i hope she doesn't suffer too long
Will you stop posting these stupid stories about a pregnant woman!!! All very quest on the bbc and government pedophiles rings don't ya think? Vomit!