Hyperemesis Gravidarum can be very serious

So like many of you I heard via many sources that the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton is pregnant.  They were forced to announce the pregnancy early due to Kate being admitted to hospital with a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).

I am sure many people may think ha just a bit of morning sickness but hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) can be very serious.

Pregnant women with HG experience severe nausea and vomiting, which can continues throughout the pregnancy and can result in needing specialist treatment.  HG affects around 1 in 200 women, although estimates vary. So if you are vomiting all the time and can’t keep food down, tell your midwife or GP.

Symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum include *:

  • prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting
  • dehydration
  • ketosis – a serious condition that is caused by a raised number of ketones in the blood (ketones are poisonous acidic chemicals)
  • weight loss
  • low blood pressure (hypotension) when standing up

* source http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/

With HG you may need to be admitted to hospital if you are losing too much fluids. This is so that doctors can assess your condition and give you appropriate treatment, such as increasing your fluid levels and treating any ketosis.

HG is unlikely to cause harm to your baby. However, if it causes weight loss during pregnancy there is an increased risk that your baby may be born with a low birth weight.

I was lucky in that I never had Morning Sickness but I have friends who suffered a lot while pregnant and I have one close friend, who like the Duchess spent quite a bit of time in hospital due to severe dehydration.

Have any of you experienced HG during pregnancy?