After all the attention that the Duchess of Cambridge is getting for experiencing sickness during her pregnancy, let it be made clear that this is not morning sickness. Kate is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), which is like morning sickness on steroids. It can’t be cured with ginger ale and saltine crackers. Severe cases of HG usually require hospitalization so that the mom can receive nutrients and fluids through an IV. It is very important not to try to solve this problem with over the counter medication before seeking advice from your health care provider.
Morning Sickness vs. Hyperemesis Gravidarum
|Morning Sickness:||Hyperemesis Gravidarum:|
|Nausea sometimes accompanied by vomiting||Nausea accompanied by severe vomiting|
|Nausea that subsides at 12 weeks or soon after||Nausea that does not subside|
|Vomiting that does not cause severe dehydration||Vomiting that causes severe dehydration|
|Vomiting that allows you to keep some food down||Vomiting that does not allow you to keep any food down|
- Severe Nausea
- Excessive vomiting
- Dizziness and shortness of breath from vomiting
- Unable to keep food down
- Severe weight loss
- Excessive dehydration from so much vomiting
- Electrolyte disturbance
Emotional Toll of HG
All these things can take a large toll on one’s emotional health too. Soon-to-be moms can feel like a failure because their body is not cooperating with them and they’re not having that wonderful “pregnant glow,” that makes the whole experience look easy. Furthermore, worry continues to grow as these ailments are prolonged and it is difficult for your baby to grow.
Looking For The Positive
Through all of this, when the pregnancy seems utterly deplorable, the hope at the end of it is that you will be blessed with a baby, a new life! For many, this has been the feedback they have shared that has helped them get through this rough and depressing time.
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