RCOG statement on hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy

Today it is announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. She has been admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum).

RCOG spokesperson Dr Daghni Rajasingam said:

“Hyperemesis gravidarum is severe morning sickness and is a fairly common condition during early pregnancy.

“Symptoms can include persistent vomiting, dehydration, tiredness and dizziness. When these symptoms are severe, admission to hospital may be needed for observation and to treat dehydration with intravenous fluids, however, this usually only means a few days in hospital.

“The best advice for anyone suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum is to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluid.

“The condition usually subsides by week 12 of pregnancy and with early diagnosis and treatment, there is no reason why we shouldn’t expect a healthy pregnancy.”

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For more information on hyperemesis gravidarum visit NHS Choices or the NICE guidelines on Antenatal Care.

Date published: 03/12/2012
Published by: Naomi Weston

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