Morning sickness is one thing, but for pregnant moms suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, their lives become a living hell.
The moms among you don't need us to tell you that pregnancy takes an incredible toll on your body. Not just physically, but mentally and in a host of other ways you could have never imagined. One of the most common side effects is, of course, morning sickness. Almost all moms-to-be will experience nausea and vomiting, especially during that first trimester.
However, an unfortunate few suffer a more extreme sickness. Honestly, the word extreme might well be an understatement. It is called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and will quite literally debilitate some pregnant women to the point that they literally can't do anything. BBC reports that women suffering from HG will likely vomit more than 50 times a day, sometimes for the entirety of their pregnancy.
That constant nausea and vomiting obviously takes a toll on the sufferer. While that doesn't directly hurt the baby, the knock-on effect of being sick that often for that long obviously will. Vitamin deficiency, malnutrition, dehydration, all things caused by HG that will not only harm the mom but could also do severe damage to the baby. One mom spoke to BBC about her experience with HG.
Hannah Dalton couldn't drink fluids for eight months. That resulted in her having to visit the hospital a staggering 27 times to receive intravenous drips. Hannah basically lived off of popsicles and anti-sickness medication for the entirety of her pregnancy. She even questioned whether having a baby was worth her having to feel that way for so long. Although Hannah made it through, sadly, some moms do not.
It's believed that most women consider terminating the pregnancy while suffering from HG and according to The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, 10% sadly follow through with it. There is hope, though. Doctors currently don't know what causes or triggers HG, but research is currently being undertaken to try and find the cause and maybe even a cure. More women suffer from HG than most realize, and it is an issue that needs much more attention than it currently gets.