Extreme morning sickness can land some women in the hospital

Morning sickness is something pretty common for pregnant women. But imagine being so sick you can't keep anything down and are worried about the health of your baby.

That severe condition affects one out of every three-hundred pregnant women, and is what has Princess Kate in the hospital.

"I was vomiting probably 20 times a day, maybe more,” says Melissa Burdett who suffered from extreme morning sickness. “I thought my baby was going to die. I thought I was going to die."

Melissa Burdett had no idea being pregnant was going to be so frightening.

"I thought it was going to be a joyful thing, instead I was in hospitals for weeks at a time," says Burdett.

Melissa had Hyperemesis Gravidarum a rare condition that many describe as morning sickness on steroids, just out of control vomiting.

"A complete intolerance of anything by mouth either fluid or food they just cannot simply, I mean almost vomiting immediately," explains Dr. G. Daniel Robinson an Obstetrician and Gynecologist.

"I just basically sat in my bed most of the time and would get sick and hardly ate I lost so much weight," explains Burdett.

Even HG goes away after the first trimester for most women but not Melissa.

"Only about 20 percent or less will continue to have nausea and vomiting after week 22 or so," describes Dr. Robinson.

But Melissa saw no relief. She was admitted into the hospital and had to get nutrition and fluids through IV’s.

"They are literally fed either through a tube that goes in through their nose and down through their intestine or they're fed through their veins," explains Dr. Robinson.

Melissa's first daughter Skyelan was born three weeks early but otherwise healthy. Even though she knew she'd have the same problems she got pregnant again and Rosilyn was born. Now that her daughters are older Melissa is sharing her story so other woman know how to tell when morning sickness gets out of control.

"I want to help other women out because I feel that a lot of women don't get the support they need from friends and family, they don't get it if they've never been through it," says Burdett.

Melissa is part of a support group called The Her Foundation. They offer support and are trying to press lawmakers and the medical community to do more for HG sufferers.

Melissa's biggest frustration was getting doctors to realize her condition had gone beyond normal morning sickness. Doctor Robison says good communication with your physician is really important and keeping a journal might help.

If you're experiencing morning sickness that seems severe doctors say to write down details. Record how many times you get sick during the day, and how many calories and fluids you're able to take in. Dehydration can be very dangerous if you don't seek treatment.


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