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Royal baby: Duchess suffers severe morning sickness again

From BBC - September 4, 2017

In her past two pregnancies, the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from extreme morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

It appears that she is having a tough time with it again, now she is expecting her third child.

HG is a condition thought to affect around one in every 100 women in pregnancy and is much more severe than "normal" morning sickness.

Some mums-to-be who have it report being sick up to 50 times a day.

Unlike regular morning sickness, HG may not get better after the first few months of pregnancy.

Why do only some women get it?

The cause is thought to be pregnancy hormones but it is unclear why some women suffer worse than others and why it can persist. If you are suffering from it, there is nothing that you are doing or have done that has brought on the symptoms. It is not your fault that you have it.

HG is more likely if you have had it before or if you are expecting twins or triplets. HG does appear to run in some families.

How bad is it?

A woman with HG can experience:

It can be very unpleasant and have a huge impact on daily life.

NHS Choices: Severe vomiting in pregnancy

Pregnancy sickness leading to terminations

Can it harm the baby?

What helps?

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