The recent admission of the Duchess of Cambridge to King Edward VII Hospital for Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) has put the condition in the media spotlight. There has been much discussion of the physical effects of HG, such as severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration and malnutrition of the mother, subsequent weight loss and a potential reduction in birth weight of the infant. However there are mental effects, which could affect sufferers.
The condition occurs in only one to two percent of pregnancies, and if severe, it may result in patients being debilitated and unable to carry out everyday tasks. Coupled with tiredness and dizziness, it can lead to depression.
Treating the physical effects of HG is vital, say experts, but care should me taken to address the mental effects as well.