The Doctors: Severe Morning Sickness
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for many women, but one of the major downsides is morning sickness, which can sometimes last all day. But could severe morning sickness put pregnant women at risk for another dangerous condition? The Doctors answered this question with viewers Heather and Mike, a couple currently expecting their second child. Heather has had difficult pregnancies in the past, including miscarriages and terrible morning sickness. Now, she’s the sickest she’s ever been, throwing up an average of 20 times a day. Heather has also been hospitalized several times with what her husband referred to as “24/7 sickness.”
The Drs: Hyperemesis Gravidarum
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explained that Heather is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which was recently made famous when the condition sent a pregnant Kate Middleton for an extended hospital stay. A recent study has shown a link between this severe form of morning sickness and preeclampsia, an extremely dangerous condition that affects pregnant women. It suggests that one in five women with severe morning sickness will develop preeclampsia.
The Doctors: Preeclampsia Symptoms
Preeclampsia is extremely serious, and begins with increased blood pressure and protein in the urine. This restricts blood flow and nutrients to the baby and can lead to swelling in the mother’s hands, feet, face and even brain.
While this all sounds extremely scary, most women avoid these serious side effects with careful monitoring by their doctor. As Dr. Lisa pointed out, she had severe preeclampsia while pregnant with her son, and they’re both doing fine many years later. While Heather was obviously worried for the safety of herself and her baby, Dr. Lisa assured her that she should be fine.