New treatment plan for pregnant women suffering severe sickness

Pregnant woman suffering severe sickness during their pregnancy will get more support after Nottingham University Hospital Trust develops a new treatment plan to help.

Severe sickness in pregnancy known as Hyperemesis can be extremely dangerous as women can become dehydrated, putting them and their baby at risk.

Rachel Hawthorne suffered with hyperemesis through her pregnancy.

I was vomiting all the time. It was relentless and absolutely draining. My whole body shut down, I was at severe risk of kidney failure”

Rachel Hawthorne who suffered with Hyperemesis during her pregnancy. 

She said: “There’s a lot of guilt. There is worry for a baby’s health, worry about medication you’re given, worry that this will all harm the baby. To be in your own environment makes a difference. I spent months in hospital. Being at home would have helped, at least mentally.”

Shilpa Deb, lead for emergency gynaecology at Nottingham University Hospital Trust, said that Hyperemesis is a common problem with the main issue being dehydration.

She said: “We have a dedicated hydration suite which is comfortable and relaxed. We have reduced the number of overnight admissions significantly since starting this work however, we want more women to be home with their families as much as possible during their pregnancy.”

The Nottingham University Hospital is the first trust in the country to offer this kind of support to mums-to-be.




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