Considering the popularity of the notion that women are inherently more fragile than men, it’s odd that when our said “fragility” – usually actual, excruciating pain and suffering – presents itself in medical settings, we’re often left with nothing to remedy what we’re going through but a patronising instruction to “just deal with it”. Having stomach cramps as severe as heart attacks? Wait until you have a baby, the pain will ease. Suspect your rapidly ballooning stomach and constant pain is a sign of fibroids? Sick of increasingly unbearable menopause-related migraine disrupting your life? Think again, you’re probably exaggerating. When it comes to morning sickness, that level of ignorance is just as pronounced. “Go home and deal with it like everyone else,” a doctor is said to have told a woman grappling with pregnancy sickness when she went to them for help, according to a 2017 midwifery journal MIDIRS. The … [Read more...] about Opinion: Women call ambulances for morning sickness because doctors still don’t take female medical complaints seriously
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LAUREN Fox was just 21 the first time she got pregnant. At the time she was living with Joe, then 26, her boyfriend of one year. A sickness bug meant the contraceptive pill she’d been taking had failed. Lauren had driven from her home in Torquay to visit her mum Sarah*, then 46, in Bournemouth when she started feeling so exhausted she could barely hold her head up. She suspected a urinary tract infection and visited the doctor, who did a pregnancy test. It was positive. Lauren, now 34, said: "I was in shock about the pregnancy. Then, four days after I found out, I was suddenly sick on the bedroom floor." Next morning, simply rolling over in bed made her sick again. "I was throwing up continuously," she recalled. "By the first week of sickness it was happening 15 times a day." Along with nausea and vomiting, Lauren suffered from debilitating dizziness. Blood tests revealed that her hormone levels were double that of a usual pregnancy. Two days on she was admitted to … [Read more...] about I vomited 15 times a day with such severe morning sickness that I was forced to give up my job – and terminate my pregnancy
Amy Schumer has revealed that she had to be hospitalised due to severe nausea during the second trimester of her pregnancy, a condition that has also affected the Duchess of Cambridge in the past. The duchess suffered from extreme morning sickness during all three of her pregnancies when carrying Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The medical term for the condition that the comedian and duchess have both experienced is hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and while it’s very rare, in some cases it can be dangerous to both mother and child. What is it? HG is different to regular morning sickness because it doesn’t fade away with time and can leave some women bed-bound. Sufferers can get weaker over time as they struggle to digest food and hold down fluids. According to the NHS, some women report being sick up to 50 times a day. How common is it? HG affects just one per cent of expecting mothers. How long does it last? In some women, the condition lasts until the … [Read more...] about What’s the severe morning sickness condition that Amy Schumer and Kate Middleton have suffered from?
Clare Murphy British Pregnancy Advisory Service Follow 3 October 2018 • 1:41pm The launch, this week, of the first licensed medication for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy in decades is important - not just for the thousands of women suffering from this condition right now, but also because it helps shift the narrative around the use of medications in pregnancy - and puts the needs of the pregnant woman herself back in the picture. For many women, nausea and vomiting - commonly known as 'morning sickness' - is an accepted part of early pregnancy; a welcome sign even that it is progressing, with symptoms that can be alleviated, we are told, by a ginger biscuit, eating little and often and as much rest as possible. But there are women for whom the much vaunted ginger snap... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free … [Read more...] about Britain’s first licensed morning sickness drug finally puts the needs of pregnant women first
PREGNANT Pippa Middleton has revealed she has escaped morning sickness in her first trimester - unlike her sister Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge suffered debilitating sickness during all of her pregnancies but Pippa said she was "lucky" not to. The 34-year-old, who is expecting her first child with her new husband James Matthews, shared details of her pregnancy in a column. The young mum-to-be revealed she had worried about what exercise she could continue to do while pregnant. And added she had given up her runs, but was working on her abs to make sure she can fit into her "old favourite jeans" after the baby is born. She wrote in her Waitrose Weekend piece: "I was lucky to pass the 12-week scan without suffering from morning sickness. Kate's morning sickness saw her rushed to Aberdeen hospital while visiting the Queen in Balmoral two weeks ago "This being my first pregnancy, I had so many questions I felt were still unanswered. "I wanted to know things like — would I strain if … [Read more...] about Pregnant Pippa Middleton escapes morning sickness in first trimester – unlike unlucky sister Kate