So Kate Middleton Has Hyperemesis Gravidarum Again, But What Actually Is It?
When the news broke last night that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, the world erupted into collective applause. Right up there with royal weddings (and beauty), royal babies are a source of global fascination—will it be a boy or a girl? What about the name? Naturally, we're also curious about Kate Middleton's pregnancy (and not just her maternity wardrobe). For the duration of her first two (with Prince George and Princess Charlotte), we were told that Middleton went through severe bouts of morning sickness, and this time (unfortunately for the Duchess) is no different.
According to the Kensington Palace press release, Middleton is again suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. And yes, most pregnant woman go through bouts of nausea and vomiting, and while it's not a pleasant experience, this complication is much worse.
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Hyperemesis gravidarum is a rare condition of severe morning sickness that affects about one in 100 pregnant women. More than just morning sickness, Dr Cindy Pan explained to News.com.au that it is characterised by uncontrollable vomiting and constant nausea. Dr Pan goes on to add that, depending on the severity, it can lead to "dehydration, electrolyte and acid base disturbances, weight loss, and nutritional deficiency". All of these can have a roll-on effect, and can negatively impact the mother and the unborn child. And this isn't even considering the effect on the woman's quality of life, ability to work, and mental state for the duration of the pregnancy (we can only image how it must feel to vomit non-stop for weeks or months on end).
Modern medical aids from medication and intravenous fluids are available should the condition become so severe it's dangerous, so anyone experiencing adverse symptoms should see a doctor immediately.
It's pretty clear it's something that flat lemonade or a little ginger tea isn't going to fix. So we definitely feel for the Duchess of Cambridge and wish her all the best with her new pregnancy.
Have you had any experience with hyperemesis gravidarum? Let us know in the comments below.
For the full article with Dr Cindy Pan, head to News.com.au.