Monday 4 July 2022 01:45 PM Expectant mother lost 3st while pregnant after being sick up to 60 times a DAY trends now

Monday 4 July 2022 01:45 PM Expectant mother lost 3st while pregnant after being sick up to 60 times a DAY trends now
Monday 4 July 2022 01:45 PM Expectant mother lost 3st while pregnant after being sick up to 60 times a DAY trends now

Monday 4 July 2022 01:45 PM Expectant mother lost 3st while pregnant after being sick up to 60 times a DAY trends now

A new mother lost 3st after a rare pregnancy condition suffered by Kate Middleton left her vomiting up to 60 times a day.

Stacey Teakle, now 30, fell pregnant with her only child Ophelia in February 2020. and what first appeared to be mild morning nausea quickly spiralled out of control. 

The emergency call handler was hospitalised at six weeks after becoming so dehydrated that she struggled to get out of bed or wash.

Mrs Teakle, from Neath in Wales, was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which strikes fewer than one per cent of all pregnancies. 

The condition is thought to be caused by sudden hormone changes and can lead to low blood pressure and even hallucinations.

Mrs Teakle spent her entire pregnancy in and out of hospital after several frightening falls and dizzy spells. 

She has now given up on her dream of having a big family because the ordeal was so traumatising.

The Duchess of Cambridge famously struggled with HG during all three of her pregnancies with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

It has also affected Kim Kardashian, US comedian Amy Schumer and the singer Mandy Moore. 

A gaunt and weak Stacey Teakle is pictured five-and-a-half months pregnant, still blighted by constant sickness

A gaunt and weak Stacey Teakle is pictured five-and-a-half months pregnant, still blighted by constant sickness

Even at seven months the starving and dehydrated expectant mother was still unusually slim

Even at seven months the starving and dehydrated expectant mother was still unusually slim

The new mother holds her only child Ophelia in September 2020 - at the height of the Covid pandemic and after a gruelling pregnancy

The new mother holds her only child Ophelia in September 2020 - at the height of the Covid pandemic and after a gruelling pregnancy

The emergency call handler was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which strikes fewer than one per cent of all pregnancies

The emergency call handler was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), which strikes fewer than one per cent of all pregnancies 

The Duchess of Cambridge famously struggled with HG during all three of her pregnancies with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

The Duchess of Cambridge famously struggled with HG during all three of her pregnancies with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Detailing her ordeal, Mrs Teakle said: 'I absolutely love being a mum. Ophelia is the best thing to ever happen to me, but my pregnancy was just awful.

'I was so unwell that I was being sick 60 times a day. I couldn't even keep water down.

'I could barely leave my bed and my husband had to shower me - I just had no energy.

WHAT IS HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM?

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is defined as severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Celebrities who've been open about their own battles with HG include:

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton  Kim Kardashian Kourtney Kardashian Debra Messing Kelly Clarkson Tia Mowry Tori Spelling  Amy Schumer  Mandy Moore 

It affects around one per cent of pregnant women.  

HG symptoms usually appear between weeks four and six and peak at nine-to-13 weeks.

Up to 20 per cent of sufferers experience symptoms up to weeks 14-to-20, however, most have relief in the later stages.

Unlike morning sickness, which affects up to 80 percent of pregnant women, HG causes severe dehydration and prevents sufferers from keeping any food down.

Other symptoms include:

Losing five percent or more of their pre-pregnancy weight Reduced urination Headaches Confusion Fainting Extreme fatigue Loss of skin elasticity A rapid heart rate  

Some HG cases require hospitalization where women can receive IV fluids and nutrition. 

HG's cause was thought to be hormonal, however, research suggests it may be due to genetic variations.

Source: American Pregnancy

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