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Extreme morning sickness patients 'deserve royal standard'

From BBC - October 5, 2017

Women suffering from extreme morning sickness should be offered the "royal standard" of treatment, according to charities and medical experts.

Many hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) patients are being denied "safe, effective" care, professionals said.

A global conference led by a Plymouth academic is setting out the latest research and innovative treatments.

Public awareness of the "dangerous" condition has reportedly increased because of the Duchess of Cambridge.

She has suffered from the extreme form of morning sickness during her three pregnancies.

Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about one in every 200 pregnancies and results in severe nausea and vomiting, leading to dehydration, malnutrition and hospitalisation.

A two-day conference hosted by charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) on Thursday heard that 53% of women with the condition have difficulty accessing treatment, according to recent research by Plymouth University.

Charlotte Lucas: All I wanted was to die

After being hospitalised, Ms Lucas was eventually prescribed Ondansetron, a drug used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy.

"At nine weeks I was vomiting 20 plus times a day. I was so weak I had to crawl the bathroom as I could not stand unassisted.

"I saw various GPs who kept telling me it was bad morning sickness and it would be gone by 12 weeks. They gave me various anti-sickness drugs but nothing even touched it.

"Despite how much I wanted my baby, I seriously considered a termination. In those moments all I wanted was to die because the thought of another day of that hell was too much to bear."

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