The world is abuzz about the pregnancy of the Dutchess of Cambridge
But what exactly is hyperemesis gravidarum?
The condition is so rare that Robert O. Atlas, the Department of
He said it is a syndrome that inflicts less than 1 percent of pregnant women. It causes extreme vomiting that can to lead to a 5 to 10 percent weight loss in the mother and cause electrolyte imbalances.
It is often caused by how women react to the pregnancy hormone hCG, Atlas said. It can be a sign of
Women with the disease are usually hospitalized to protect both the baby and the mother by treating nutrition deficiencies and electrolyte balances. The mother is put on fluids and in the worst cases given
"In those women who don't respond to anything, doctors have to give them nutrition through an IV or tube down their nose into the stomach and beyond," Atlas said. "Those are in exterme cases."