Even Princess’s Get Morning Sickness

Even the smell of roses made me vomit

Even the smell of roses made me vomit

Horrah Horrah!  A Royal baby has been conceived by the Duke and Dutches of Cambridge.  Unless you have been living in a cave for the last 2 days, you will all know that Catherine is indeed with child.  But poor old Kate has been admitted with severe morning sickness also known as hyperemesis gravidarum.  For anyone who has suffered with this horrible condition will know just how awful Kate must be feeling.

The severity of the vomiting can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.  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.

I suffered with morning sickness (not hyperemesis) which included daily bouts of vomiting up to about 14 weeks of pregnancy.  But the sickness was mainly in the evening and the night which was great when I was working nigh shifts on labour ward.  I mostly lived on plain jacket potatoes with chunks of cucumber on the side.  I could barely open the fridge door and all flowers were banned in the house which is very unlike me.  I’m not really sure anything really cured it but a few things I found helpful.

  1. Haribo Star Mix, don’t ask me why but a packet of these in my bag were a life saver.
  2. Sea-Bands which you wear on your wrist and a small button pushes on a certain acupressure point thought to ease nausea.  The only problem is, if you’re trying not to tell anyone you’re pregnant you’ll have to wear long sleeve tops so not to show the bands.
  3. Chinese Ginger Chews I actually still eat these.
  4. Ginger Snap biscuits
  5. And sleep lots of sleep, I went to bed most nights at 8pm.  Not much fun for my husband but I was terrible company.

What tips helped you avoid praying to the porcelain gods?

2 thoughts on “Even Princess’s Get Morning Sickness

  1. Poor Catherine!

    As a fellow hyperemesis sufferer (albeit 3 years ago) I can emphasise a lot!

    I found sea bands worked wonders, as well as ready salted crisps, chicken soup, crystallised ginger and ginger and lemon tea (although cannot bear the tea now!)

    For me it resolved at. 12+2 (lucky) and after 6 weeks on cyclizine three times a day and five weeks off work, I still remember waking up that morning thinking ‘I feel kinda ok!’ And that was that. Although now I know it was due to twins! Wonder if we have royal twins on the way!

  2. I remembered sea-bands about 7 weeks into this pregnancy and dug out the ones I’d used when pregnant with Arlo. They did seem to take the edge off, although I did forget I was wearing them most of the time and got some questions about them – luckily most of my friends had no clue what they were and were happy with my explanation that they were to help my blood pressure (?!)

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