Medical experts have called for women with morning sickness to be prescribed drugs, following a three-fold increase in hospital admissions for the condition.

In 2006-07 - the last year for which figures are available - there were 25,420 hospital admissions for morning sickness, compared with only 8,637 in 1989-90. Almost a third of pregnant women suffer with severe nausea during pregnancy, but this is often dismissed, according to the report published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Roger Gadsby, a GP and associate clinical professor at the University of Warwick medical school said:

"It's a very under-appreciated condition. Because the majority of ladies get it at the mild end, it's thought a normal part of pregnancy. Ladies are not getting the support they need."

However, women in Canada and the US are prescribed drugs to ease the condition - whereas in the UK a prescribed drug, Debendox, was withdrawn from sale in 1983 due to a legal challenge. Instead, women are now encouraged to include ginger in the diet as this can ease nausea.

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