Because she was hospitalized, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, made an early announcement about their baby. CNN's Max Foster reports.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is one of a long list of womens' health issues that are poorly researched, rarely discussed, ignored, overlooked, and disregarded by a male-dominated health care system. In addition to that topic, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, post-hysterectomy hormone replacement therapy standards, uterine fibroids, and nearly every type of female genital cancer knowledge and treatment isn't any further advanced, today, than where it was 30 years ago. The "War on Women" occurs within every dimension of health care, just as it does within the realm of reproductive health. I've had a front row seat to the "show" and it's horrifying to see just how antiquated the knowledge base and treatment practices are.
Amen to J.D. Station's reply ! I have hyperemesis 20 yrs. ago – and no improvements have been made to aid these women. You are so sick, so helpless – you want to die. I was hospitalized three times and they kept saying "oh this will pass." Your fine. No compassion. I layed in bed and crawled to the toilet – unable to even walk (so nauseated) – but after "six months" – yes 6 months, I did regain my normal life and had a beautiful baby girl. Believe me, I never got pregnant again. Like I said, this much later – and nothing can be done but giving her hydration – that is ridiculous ! Women have specialty needs for their type of bodies and conditions – they need to be addressed! Cindy in Houston
Let's hope the publicity of the Princess being hospitalized for this illness brings attention to a terrible illness being experienced by many pregnant women. Hyperemesis gravidarum is very serious, but few doctors have heard of it or studied it, so women are being told to tough it up. My daughter was told to stop feeling sorry for herself, and 4 OBGYNs had no clue what she was suffering from. That is appalling with today's medical knowledge.
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