MORN­ING SICK­NESS

How bad can it be?

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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.

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