How bad can it be?
10 Severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum (as suffered by HRH Kate Middleton) is the mother of all conditions, characterised by up to nine months of severe vomiting and dehydration. Risks from this complication are high, as mother and baby face weight loss and malnutrition. Talk to your doctor or midwife – you’re going to need help. JACINDA ARDERN “If I coughed, bad things would happen,” said the PM, who managed to never vomit in public. “I was pretty good on that front, mostly in private, but it felt like you were going to a hundred per cent of the time.” 4-6 Mid-range Sufferers experience constant nausea and occasional vomiting but thankfully, symptoms are mostly gone by the second trimester. You’ll wake up starving and ill. Keep crackers by the bed so you can eat before you get up, and stock up on remedies containing ginger. KATE WINSLET Headaches, nausea, swollen ankles, bad back. 0 The lucky few It’s possible to experience no morning sickness at all, but a 2010 medical study found that women who had no nausea or vomiting during their first trimester were three times as likely to miscarry than women who did. But if you’re not feeling sick, don’t panic. For one in ten women, this is the norm. JAQUIE BROWN “It’s debilitating,” says TV presenter Jaquie Brown, who suffered Hyperemesis Gravidarum. “I felt trapped in my body. Like I’d been given a prison sentence and I was counting down the days until it was ‘completed’. Having a newborn was a walk in the park compared to that.” 7-9 Strong Spewing through the entire pregnancy – but not enough to be hospitalized – is the curse of those in the strong grip of morning sickness. Bad enough to put many women off a second pregnancy. MILA KUNIS Exhausted all the time and never wanted to leave the house. 1-3 Mild Mild morning sickness is a lot like a hangover. Nothing a steak ‘n’ cheese pie can’t fix. Certain smells or foods can trigger nausea, but you’ll stop short of vomiting. By week 13, the hangover vanishes, and you can spend the rest of the pregnancy eating kale chips.