Hyperemesis gravidarum strikes 1-2% of pregnant women, including Middleton

Houston (KHOU) – News that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, is expecting a second child has people wondering about the duchess's health. Kaye is suffering from a condition that makes morning sickness seem like a walk in the park. Someone one Houston mother can relate to all too well.

If there is one thing Jamie Kramer knows in life it's that she loves being a mother; but being pregnant, that's a different story.

During her first term of her first pregnancy Jamie knew something wasn't right.

"At about five weeks I ended up violently ill, throwing up nonstop probably 50 to 60 times a day," Jamie explains. "Doctors would say 'it's morning sickness', give me a bag of fluids, 'you're fine go home. Women do this all the time'."

Jamie lost 36 pounds her first trimester. Finally, after online research she learned she had a disease called hyperemesis gravidarum, commonly called HG.

Dr. Hector Mendez, an OB/GYN with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, treats women for HG and says this is not your typical morning sickness.

"Hyperemesis gravidarum is not normal," explained Dr. Mendez. "About 70 to 80% of all women experience some form of vomiting or nausea. There are a very small percentage of those, about 1% to 2%, actually developed something called hyperemesis gravidarum, which is the most severe form of nausea and vomiting."

Doctors believe this illness is caused by hormones released during pregnancy. It can be dangerous, Jamie miscarried twice because HG was so hard on her body. Currently there is no way to treat the disease, just the symptoms.

"If there were a better treatment would the baby of made it?" said Jamie. Something that she will always wonder. But Jamie is hoping that a public figure like Kate Middleton will bring more awareness and better treatment to this disease.

"I love being a mom. It's the most rewarding thing in the whole world."

Jamie found support for HG though the HER Foundation. For more information, http://www.helpher.org/


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