How Kate’s morning sickness could leave her bleeding from EYES as mums reveal agony
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge faces vomiting up to 50 times a day, rapid weight loss and even bleeding eyes and even losing her teeth from severe morning sickness condition
Hyperemesis Gravidarum while pregnant.
Kensington Palace announced on Monday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, with the news being revealed before the 12 week milestone to explain the cancellation of a planned royal visit.
Kate is suffering from the dibilitating condition of Hyperemesis Gravidarum that saw her hospitalised while carrying her first born, Prince George.
And three expectant mothers have described their own horror experiences of suffering the acute morning sickness with one saying she regularly collapsed and has been left with long term health problems.
Bella Drew, of Norwich, Norfolk, has been vomiting as often as every 15 minutes during her pregnancy. She said: “My baby is due in just over two weeks time. The moment I first found out I was expecting, my heart filled with excitement but that was soon to be diminished a week later.
“My experience of so-called ‘morning sickness’ started at around three weeks, I couldn’t keep anything down but I was told that was normal. As my suffering worsened I was put on medication which didn’t really help in my opinion.
“I had lost around two and a half stone, had sustained haemorrhages within my eyes from the straining while being sick.
“I was being sick every 15 minutes throughout the day and night. I was bedridden and eventually I gave up. I couldn’t cope anymore and I was admitted to hospital diagnosed with HG.
“Despite all of the recent media attention the condition is still massively misunderstood. I wouldn’t wish this debilitating illness on anyone and we really need to spread more awareness of the impact and symptoms of HG.”
Emma Eaton from Gosport in Hampshire is currently pregnant and suffering with HG.
She said: “I was also hospitalised for two weeks in my last pregnancy having almost died from starvation and dehydration. I have been in and out of hospital numerous times during my current pregnancy to have IV fluids and IV anti-emetics to help control the symptoms.
“I have to take two different types of tablets to help prevent me from being sick as I have been physically passing out and collapsing – also knocking myself out in the process.
“I believe there needs to be much greater awareness of this life-threatening condition amongst pregnant women and those who are planning to have children.”
The chances of developing HG for most women is less than one per cent – however if, like the Duchess, you have suffered with it in a previous pregnancy, the chance of having it again in a subsequent pregnancy increases to 15 per cent.
Gemma Edwards from Walsall in West Midlands has suffered with HG in all three pregnancies, which has left her with long term health problems.
She added: “I am losing my teeth due to the impact of the stomach acid because I was vomiting anything from 20 to 50 times a day. I was also hospitalised for weeks on end with ketoneuria -ketones in my urine – a sign of dehydration, and my veins kept collapsing, this condition made me very ill and my kidneys went into pre-failure meaning my life was at risk and also that of my children.
“This is a very serious condition and more awareness of the long term health risks it poses is much needed.”
The three women told their stories to Emma’s Diary, a support resource for mums-to-be.
Dr Shauna Fannin FRCGP, chair of the editorial board at Emma’s Diary said: “Every pregnancy is different and whilst pregnancy sickness is extremely common, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) only affects 1 per cent of pregnant women and is a condition at the extreme end of the pregnancy sickness scale.
“HG sufferers will vomit frequently and can become dehydrated very quickly so it is very important to seek urgent medical advice.”
In terms of adverse effects on the baby, experts say there are usually very few unless weight gain continues to be poor during the second half of pregnancy; or indeed the symptoms are more severe over a sustained period.
Sufferers of HG reported:
• Extreme fatigue
• Muscle weakness
• Weight loss
• Depressed mood
• Tooth loss
• Kidney failure
• Severe dehydration (with ketones present in urine)
• Disturbed salts in the blood
• Eye haemorrhages
• Long term health issues
To try and reduce the symptoms of HG, mothers are advised B6 supplements, though not thoroughly studied, have a positive effect on nausea.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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