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Appeal for Help Supporting Cornish Pregnancy Sickness Sufferers

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8:00am 9th December 2012

A charity that helps mums-to-be battling the same illness as the Duchess of Cambridge says it needs more volunteers in Cornwall.

Pregnany Sickness Support works with women who have hyperemesis gravidarum.

Kate was receiving treatment for the condition which causes severe vomiting during pregnancy and can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.

She was admitted to the central London private hospital on Monday after developing the condition.

Caitlin Dean lives near Lostwithiel and went through it three times. She said: "In my first pregnancy before I was receiving adequate treatment, walking down the stairs could indue half an hour of vomiting. All you can pretty much do is lie in a darkened room because noises, smells, movement all trigger it.

"It's really scary. I intended to be an 'earth mother' and not take any medication. But the reality is I couldn't have had my children if I hadn't taken medication.

"It's a hugely isolating condition. People really don't understand about it."

Caitlin is now part of a national support network, which also has volunteers in Truro, Saltash and Bude.

But she is hoping to recruit other mothers who have been through the same thing. You can find more details here.

8:00am 9th December 2012

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