Morning sickness is something pretty common for pregnant women but imagine being so sick you can't keep anything down and you are worried about the health of your baby. That severe condition affects one out of every 300 pregnant women and is what has Kate Middleton in the hospital.
"I was vomiting probably 20 times a day, maybe more," said Melissa Burdett. "I thought my baby was going to die. I thought I was going to die." Burdett had no idea being pregnant was going to be so frightening. "I thought it was going to be a joyful thing, instead I was in hospitals for weeks at a time."
Melissa had hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare condition that many describe as, "morning sickness on steroids," just out-of-control vomiting.
"I just basically sat in my bed most of the time and would get sick and hardly ate. I lost so much weight," said Burdett.
Even HG goes away after the first trimester for most women, but not Melissa.
"Only about 20% or less will continue to have nausea and vomiting after week 22 or so," said Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. G. Daniel Robinson.
When Melissa saw no relief, she was admitted into the hospital and had to get nutrition and fluids through IVs. Melissa's first daughter, Skyelan, was born three weeks early but otherwise healthy. Even though she knew she'd have the same problems, she got pregnant again and Rosilyn was born. Now that her daughters are older, Melissa is sharing her story so other woman know how to tell when morning sickness gets out of control.
"I want to help other women out because I feel that a lot of women don't get the support they need from friends and family. They don't get it if they've never been through it," said Burdett.
If you're experiencing morning sickness that seems severe, doctors say to write down details. Record how many times you get sick during the day and how many calories and fluids you're able to take in. Dehydration can be very dangerous if you don't seek treatment.