Everybody’s favorite Duchess, Kate Middleton, is now pregnant with the ‘spare’, and her condition of hyperemesis gravidarum is getting a lot of press. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a rare condition, occurring in only 1-2% of all pregnant women and poses little danger to the baby if properly treated. However, it can cause many problems for the mother. In severe cases symptoms include extreme nausea, vomiting and weight loss. Doctors often prescribe rest, dietary changes, antacids, vitamins and ginger capsules. *Check out this post I wrote on why ginger is my #1 recommendation* Severe cases often require a stay in the hospital, as Kate did when she was pregnant with Prince George. In the hospital, the mother can receive nutrition and fluids through an IV (intravenous line).
What I hope Kate and many other pregnant women dealing with this condition realize is that acupuncture can be wonderfully helpful. Many women turn to acupuncture when they are pregnant to treat morning sickness and numerous other complaints that can come up during pregnancy. Even though hyperemesis gravidarum is rare and much more severe than morning sickness acupuncture can still help. Regular treatment can greatly reduce the nausea and vomiting, help the mother rest and recuperate. Also acupressure as well as ear seeds can provide relief when the mom is not at the office.