Pregnant women suffering extreme sickness ‘not told about treatments’

Up to two-thirds of pregnant women suffering extreme sickness in the UK are not provided with information or drugs to treat it, according to new research.

A survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) showed that half found accessing care difficult.

According to the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support, which carried out the research with Plymouth University, women are frequently ‘misled’ about the risks of taking certain drugs to treat HG. This is despite the drugs actually being safe.

Pregnancy Sickness Support is now calling for more specialist day units for women with HG in order to provide them with care from trained staff which would help them avoid long stays in hospital.

According to the survey, women treated in these units were more satisfied with the knowledge staff possessed about the condition and the level of information they could provide.

However, the survey found that women with HG are four times more likely to be treated in hospital than a specialist unit.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801833177-ADNFCR