A new heir to the British throne has spurred on well wishes and sympathy for Princess Kate. The Princess was diagnosed with acute morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, but it isn’t just a problem for the royals.
Jessica Ward of Tulsa says that she knows exactly what the princess is going through.
“I feel for her,” said Ward, “I don’t wish that upon anybody.”
Ward was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum
during both of her pregnancies and she tells FOX23 that the term morning sickness is way off of the mark.
“It’s not just morning sickness it’s debilitating,” said Ward.
Ward says that she realized something seemed off when she was pregnant with her daughter, Rhealin.
“I was sick more than 20 times a day,” said Ward, “I couldn’t go anywhere without being sick because it took over my life.”
Instead of enjoying her pregnancy as a first time mom she was in and out of the hospital. Ward says her doctors diagnosed her with hyperemesis gravidarum.
“Hyperemesis is at the extreme end of the spectrum,” said Dr. Jonathan Baldwin.
Dr. Baldwin is a physician at Utica Park Clinic in Tulsa. He didn’t treat Jessica but he says that hyperemesis gravidarum is a very real condition for approximately two percent of pregnancies.
What makes this so different than the typical nausea or vomiting of morning sickness is the severity of the symptoms.
“It can lead to hospitalization, prescription medication, dehydration and weight loss during the pregnancy,” said Dr. Baldwin.
Dr. Baldwin explained to FOX23 that hospitalization is needed in severe cases where the mother needs to restore fluids and nutrients through an IV.
Jessica told FOX23 that both of her pregnancies were difficult but she did what she had to do for her children.
“It was risk I was willing to take,” said Ward, “Once you see your child’s face it makes it all worth it.”
Dr. Baldwin says it’s best to address a pregnancy complication immediately. He says if you are having non-stop vomiting or nausea that you should contact your physician.