Monday, December 3, 2012
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? Kate Middleton morning sickness will be a royal pain NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
By Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a condition that affects 1% of pregnancies, typically in the first trimester. It is characterized by protracted nausea, vomiting, weight loss.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum sounds like a Harry Potter spell, but for mom-to-be Kate Middleton it’s a royal pain.
It’s morning sickness on steroids — a rare and potentially dangerous malady that affects one in 50 women and produces vomiting so severe the patient cannot keep food or liquids down.
The Duchess of Cambridge has it so bad she was hospitalized on Monday, forcing the royals to reveal that she is about 12 weeks pregnant.
“Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a condition that affects 1% of pregnancies, typically in the first trimester,” said Dr. Kecia Gaither at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn. “It is characterized by protracted nausea, vomiting, weight loss.”
It tends to be more common in young women, women who are pregnant for the first time, those expecting multiple babies, and — oddly enough — in non-smokers.
Kate is 30 and a first time mom.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/kate-middleton-morning-sickness-royal-pain-article-1.1212428#ixzz2E2KGbHzI