Kate Middleton and Prince William just announced that they are pregnant for the third time. Kate suffered from severe morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum while she was pregnant with her first child, Prince George. And now, when she is expecting her third baby, the same condition has knocked her door again. Let’s discuss in detail about What is Hyperemesis gravidarum? And how serious is it?
What is Hyperemesis gravidarum?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is basically severe morning sickness, which can cause dehydration, electrolyte disturbance, and weight loss. Around 2% pregnant women suffer from this condition that causes severe vomiting and nausea. The severity can vary from the women being suggested complete bed rest to being hospitalized. Kate is currently treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.
Even though the absolute reasons for suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum are not known yet. Some doctors say that it’s genetic with 30% chances of a woman suffering from it if their mother or sister has had the disease. Some doctors believe that it might be because of an unexpected rise in the level of hormones called HCG. While suffering from this condition, some women lose more than 5% of their pre pregnancy body weight. Losing more than 10% of your pre pregnancy weight requires serious medical intervention.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is treatable by IV, tube feedings and medications. Constant medical attention helps mothers with this condition and go on to have a healthy baby later.
When to worry about your nausea turning into HG?
- Nausea doesn’t subside at any time.
- You are constantly losing weight and have lost over 5% of your pre pregnancy body weight.
- You feel dizziness all the time.
- You are vomiting blood.
- You run a high temperature.
- You have very dark colored urine. (means you are dehydrated)
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Low Blood Pressure
- Severe Anxiety/ Depressed feelings
How to handle morning sickness?
Make sure that you eat something as soon as you wake up. It can be anything from crackers to oatmeal. Oatmeal is fiber rich and its carbohydrates are easily digestible. This helps in raising blood sugar levels to alleviate nausea.
Fruits with High Water Content
Examples of Fruits that are high in water content are watermelon and berries. Water helps to prevent dehydration and the sugars in fruit will help with nausea.
Have small meals throughout the day and keep your meals nutrient dense. Don’t indulge in cheat meals a lot if you have severe nausea.
Have Cold Treats
Drinking cold beverages or sucking on popsicles can help too.
Morning sickness affects around 90% of the women, so you don’t have to worry about you being the only one. It can be a little difficult to handle but with appropriate care and advice, you will soon be over with all the struggles. The second trimester is actually very peaceful and serene for many moms. The second trimester is also the best time to plan any vacation with your hubby.
If you ever have any doubts regarding any symptoms you are experiencing, do get medical advice. HG should not be left untreated at any cost.