Yakima Woman Shares Same Pregnancy Illness As Duchess Kate
The eyes of the world are on Great Britain after the announcement that Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.
Along with that announcement came word that the Duchess is hospitalized for an extreme pregnancy sickness known as Hyperemiss Gravidarum.
The condition can be very serious, and tonight we found out more from a Yakima woman who suffered through it
We met with Katy Rodriguez, who was spending time today with her two children--a three year old son and five month old daughter.
When she was pregnant with her 5 month old daughter, she was going through the worst pain of her life; she was suffering from Hyperemiss Gravidarum.
"Basically, all I could do was lay as still as possible and try not to throw up," said Rodriguez, "And I still threw up."
Doctors say it's a rare, but extreme version of morning sickness.
It has the same symptoms as standard morning sickness, which makes it hard to diagnose, especially early in pregnancy.
"I think the hardest thing was just nobody knew about it, I didn't know anything about it," said Katy's husband, Robert Rodriguez, "Most people just thought it was regular morning sickness. I'm just thankful that now there will be some more information put out there.'
Doctors say if some women aren't careful when suffering through this condition, it can be fatal for both them and the baby.
"Most of the risks at this point in pregnancy -- because it's so early, all really fall to the mom," said ABC New Medical Contributor, Jennifer Ashton, "So you're talking about potential for dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, things like potassium and sodium. And in some cases, malnutrition.
Katy Rodriguez says it was the worst experience of her life, but it had it's reward in the end.
"I'm not sure I'd ever do it again," said Rodriguez, "But my children are blessings. And at least for all that sickness, I get to be a mother."
Katy Rodriguez says the condition lasted for the majority of the time she was pregnant with her son and daughter.
For more information on Hyperemiss Gravidarum, click here.