Mellie's Difficult Pregnancy Explained: What Is Hypermesis Gravidarum Anyway?
watching Gypsy Sisters, you've probably noticed that Mellie's having quite a hard time with her pregnancy. That's because she's been diagnosed with Hypermesis Gravidarum. Hypermesis Gravidarum is a rare pregnancy condition, affecting around 1 percent of all pregnant women. It's rare -- but Meliie's in good company: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has also been diagnosed with the disorder.
What are the symptoms? Well, basically everything awful that's associated with pregnancy. They often experience nausea and vomiting to such a degree that they become severly dehydrated and must endure a lengthy hospital stay.
As Hypermesis Gravidarum educator Molly Atkins explains. "For women with HG, the vomiting becomes so severe that they lose significant weight, can vomit bile and even blood from tears in the esophagus and stomach lining, and worse, experience malnutrition and dehydration that can threaten their lives."