How to Treat Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Pregnancy
What to do if you have extreme morning sickness like Kate Middleton.
You probably already know that Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancies, including her third and current pregnancy. At an event for the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund, Prince William discussed Kate's condition with fellow attendee Iris Orrell. Orrell told Prince William that her doctor had suggested dry biscuits for morning sickness, and he shared that Kate had already tried that route, but it didn't work.
"Ginger biscuits-but there's not much ginger can do to stop that-we've done all that," he said, according to Express.
Kate suffered from HG during her two previous pregnancies. It's an extreme form of morning sickness that causes nausea and vomiting, according to the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation. (Here are five more health concerns that can pop up during pregnancy.)
Ginger is an ancient remedy for an upset stomach, but given the severity of hyperemesis gravidarum, it's no surprise the biscuits didn't work. Typically HG treatment includes receiving fluids through an IV to combat dehydration, but that's not always an end-all solution either. According to our sister site, Fit Pregnancy and Baby, "High doses of vitamin B6, over-the-counter medications (such as Dramamine and Unisom), and such high-octane prescription drugs as Zofran (used for chemotherapy patients with nausea) are often prescribed and usually effective."
Standard morning sickness is usually treated with less extreme measures, like eating carby foods, staying hydrated, and keeping meals light, according to Fit Pregnancy and Baby. And don't give up on ginger altogether: A study found that while it did not decrease vomiting, consuming ginger made pregnant women experience less nausea.
Thankfully, even though the ginger biscuits proved to be a fail, Kate's condition has been improving. Prince William reportedly informed Orrell that the duchess is feeling better.