Morning sickness link found between mums and daughters

Mums-to-be are three times more likely to suffer morning sickness if their mums did

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Serious morning sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) is three times more common in pregnant women whose mums suffered with the condition, a study in Norway of 2.3 million pregnancies has found.

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Though relatively rare, serious morning sickness affects around 2% of pregnancies in the UK and can lead to low birth weight and premature birth as mums-to-be struggle to keep food and water down.

Dr Catherine Nelson-Piercy, from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust said, “It can be extremely debilitating, women can’t work, can’t look after their families and they need to be admitted to hospital.”

But it is safe to take anti-sickness drugs. “It’s better for the baby and the pregnancy to treat this condition than let the woman get very severely ill and risk complications,” Dr Catherine said.

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If you’re worried your morning sickness may be serious speak to your GP or try these breakfast ideas to beat morning sickness and products for alleviating symptoms.

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