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City uni expert tells of Kate's extreme morning sickness condition.

Byline: A University of WarwickBy FIONNULA HAINEY News Reporter

A UNIVERSITY of Warwick professor has given insight into the Duchess of Cambridge's extreme morning sickness condition following news she is pregnant with her third child.

As with her last two pregnancies, the royal is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition of extreme morning sickness so severe that hospital treatment is required.

Around 80% of women experience sickness during pregnancy, however the severe form the Duchess suffers from affects around one in 100 pregnant women.

Professor Roger Gadsby, Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Warwick, said the condition can severly affect a woman's quality of life during pregnancy.

"At its most severe, the conditon can cause women to vomit 40 or 50 times day.

"In these cases, women should be resting in a darkened room, removed of any noises or strong smells which may make the nauiea worse."

There is a strong risk of becoming dehydrated which is why sufferers often have to be hospitalised and put on IV fluids.

Professor Gadsby, a former Nuneaton GP, said it is more than likely the Duchess will be treated at home, without hospitalisation, as she was during her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte.

"What I think has probably happened is that during the first pregnancy, the Duchess was taken to hospital to ensure that what she was suffering from was just pregnancy sickness. During the second pregnancy, when she was suffering again, the doctors knew what it was so they were able to keep her at home in the palace and give her fluids there. I would expect that to happen with the third pregnancy as well. If you suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum during your first pregnancy, you are more than likely going to suffer from it again in the second. The more you have it, the more likely you are to get it again. The fact that someone of her prominance suffers from the condition has been important in rasing the profile of the condition. The condition is underresearched and often underappreciated. If it can happen to royalty it can happen to anyone and it is important to raise awareness of just how severe it can be."

Women who suffer from the condition can get help and information at

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Date:Sep 6, 2017
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