You’ve heard of morning sickness—but what happens when the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy becomes too much and too extreme? It isn’t “just” morning sickness anymore—it’s hyperemesis gravidarum. Soon-to-be mama Amy Schumer recently revealed that she’s suffering with this condition, so what is hyperemesis gravidarum?

According to the Cleveland Clinic’s website, hyperemesis gravidarum is characterized by vomiting three, four or more times a day, losing at least 10 pounds, vomiting to the point of dizziness or becoming dehydrated. The severity of hyperemesis gravidarum often means that hospitalization—at some point in the pregnancy—is necessary.

Schumer’s recent pregnancy IG post shows the comedian in a hospital bed, with the caption, “Texas I am so deeply sorry. I have been really looking forward to these shows. I have to reschedule. I am in the hospital. I’m fine. Baby’s fine but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story. I’ve been even more ill this trimester. I have hyperemesis and it blows.” That’s for sure.

You probably remember Kate Middleton’s famous bout with this super-charged version of morning sickness. But she’s certainly not the only celeb who’s had this serious pregnancy condition. Kelly Clarkson, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and even Tori Spelling are just a handful of celebrities who had hyperemesis gravidarum.

Here’s hoping Schumer starts feeling better and gets back on her feet soon. Welcome to motherhood, Amy! (It does get better—we promise.)

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Amy Schumer via Instagram



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