Monday, 8 September 2014

Congratulations are in order after Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, announce royal Baby Number 2. The lowdown on Hyperemesis Gravidarum and ways to combat more mild morning sickness symptoms.

Wow, what an announcement today. As Prince George is nearing 14 months old the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that royal baby number 2 is on its way.

However, the Duchess has yet again been blighted with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and today has had to cancel an appointment that she had planned to attend with Prince William and is at home being seen by doctors.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a severe case of morning sickness which affects up to 3% of pregnancies and can even cause women to vomit blood. HG is diagnosed if you are vomiting several times a day and are unable to eat or drink without vomiting, and you are also losing weight.

Morning sickness affects most pregnant women from around 4 weeks and for most eases around 12-16 weeks, some a little longer. From my previous experiences it was awful! I did suffer quite badly and I did try everything to try and ease the queasy feeling when I woke up in the mornings. From having some dry biscuits next to the bed for when I woke first thing and I could eat something straight away, ginger biscuits as there is some evidence that ginger may help ease nausea and vomiting, eating little and often, avoiding certain things that I knew would make me feel worse like smells, certain foods etc......... However, making sure that the people around you know you are suffering and that you need help through the first few weeks is very important too.

Morning sickness can vary from woman to woman though. From the feeling of nausea when you wake up but not actually needing to vomit right through to the ladies who suffer for quite some time past the usual period of around 14-16 weeks when it usually subsides, although still mild it is not very nice for the sufferer to feel like she does for most days of her pregnancy.

With HG it is much more severe and can lead to a hospital stay for intravenous fluids and anti sickness medication in order to make the mother feel better and to be able to eat a little more easily. The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in December 2012 when she suffered from HG in her first pregnancy. I really hope it eases quickly for her this time and she can enjoy the rest of her pregnancy.

What expectant mothers need to remember is that there is nothing you could have done to prevent morning sickness or HG and the condition is not your fault. Plenty of rest and a support group of helpers around you is a must but very important things is to keep fluids up, eat little and often and also eat on any nausea free moments that you may have.

If you are suffering from morning sickness but you feel it is severe it is best to consult you GP immediately if you;

- have very dark-coloured urine or do not pass urine for more than eight hours
- are unable to keep food or fluids down for 24 hours
- feel severely weak, dizzy or faint when standing up
- have abdominal (tummy) pain
- have a high temperature (fever) of 38°C or above
- vomit blood

Congratulations to the royal couple, I am sure this is one pregnancy we will hear a lot more of over the coming weeks and months. 

For more information on morning sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum please visit;

The NHS website

Baby Centre website

The Pregnancy Sickness Support website, lots of information, advice and support including an information line on 024 7638 2020.

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