A severe form of morning sickness experienced by pregnant women, not unlike the symptoms suffered by the Duchess of Cambridge, had expectant women resorting to termination of their pregnancy, claim a new report.
A report titled, I Could Not Survive Another Day, published jointly by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Pregnancy Sickness Support reported that 1,000 women, or 10%, suffer from an extreme morning condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and have opted for an abortion due to this condition.
The condition, which has the Duchess of Cambridge also suffering during both her pregnancies, is a complication of pregnancy, characterized by extreme nausea, vomiting and headaches.
In extreme cases, sufferers vomit blood and are unable to get out of bed due to this condition, which is affecting around 700 Scottish women every year.
“Most pregnant women expect morning sickness and are even willing to tolerate grave symptoms before seeking help, so by the time she is presented at the GP or hospital, the staff are confident that her symptoms need to be taken seriously and needs likely treatment. Women shouldn’t be expected to choose between tolerating dangerous levels of sickness or terminating a wanted pregnancy before all treatment options have been explored,” Caitlin Dean, Pregnancy Sickness Support chair said.
Though doctors are cautious to give prescription medicine to the patients for fear of a thalidomide catastrophe, or babies born with deformities after mothers were given drugs to alleviate morning sickness, warned the report.
However a number of options are available, like natural remedies, deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Extreme symptoms leading to dehydration and malnutrition can be prevented by early treatment. If not managed properly, H G can sometimes lead to bursting blood vessels, electrolyte imbalance, pressure sore and in some instances post traumatic stress disorder.