(Mirror Daily, United States) – The recent announcement made by Great Britain’s Royal Family that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child sparked a lot of discussion. Catherine is suffering from severe morning sickness, and the same happened with her other two pregnancies. This syndrome, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, has a lot of people wondering what it actually is and why it affects only certain women.
What is morning sickness?
This syndrome doesn’t put the mother or the child in danger, but it is pretty uncomfortable. Fortunately, all the unpleasant symptoms, such as vomiting and nausea, disappear during the second trimester of the pregnancy. This means that, during the 13th or 14th week, women feel as good as they did before.
Unfortunately, not all women are so lucky. Some of them might still experience severe morning sickness during their entire pregnancy. This could leave them weakened, so doctors usually administer them extra nutrition via intravenous treatment.
Sometimes, women might need specialized medical help after struggling with severe vomiting
No matter at what time during the pregnancy you might experience these symptoms, call your doctor immediately if you cannot stop vomiting within 24 hours. This might lead to severe dehydration and, if you don’t receive the necessary treatment, you might suffer other complications.
Doctors think morning sickness might be caused by a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Sometimes, it happens that the blood levels of these hormones suddenly increase, causing adverse effects. Therefore, women shouldn’t think there is some problem with their baby.
Morning sickness is quite common, and it usually isn’t that severe. Few women usually require hospitalization but, when one of them is struggling with strong symptoms, she shouldn’t hesitate to go seek medical help. She only requires intravenous treatment to avoid severe dehydration.
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