The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) this afternoon. Here are the effects of the condition.
- Vomiting can be so severe the woman cannot keep food or liquid down.
- The condition usually continues past the first three months.
- Hyperemesis gravidarum can pass by week 21 but may also last longer.
- The severity of the vomiting can cause dehydration and weight loss.
- It affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnant women and can cause women to vomit blood.
- Symptoms also include severe nausea, low blood pressure and fast heart rate, headaches, lethargy or confusion.
The Duchess of Cambridge left hospital today, after three days of treatment for a severe form of morning sickness.
A nurse disclosed information about Kate's condition to two DJs who rang the hospital claiming to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
The Duchess of Cambridge is to spend another night in hospital being treated for acute morning sickness but is said to be feeling better.