PHOENIX — Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, remains hospitalized with an acute form of morning sickness.
Valley obstetrician/gynecologist Stephen Frausto said eating a few crackers will help with typical morning sickness, but Kate has a condition called hyperemis gravidarum.
“When we begin to talk about hyperemesis, we’re really sliding up the spectrum in severity,” said Frausto. “We’re talking about women who have severe vomiting that’s not responsive to the usual therapies.”
Frausto, with Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, said that women who suffer from extreme morning sickness can lose 5 percent of their body weight in about a week.
If left untreated the baby won’t get enough calories and the mother could suffer seizures.
“The usual course of treatment is to start an IV, get hydration first initially to correct some of the electrolyte disturbances, so if they have low potassium or low sodium, we want to correct that pretty quickly in their admission process,” Frausto said.
A typical hospitalization lasts two to three days.
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- 12 things to watch before the Oscars
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes