The report, I Could Not Survive Another Day, found that every year more than 10,000 women suffer from the same form of hyperemesis gravidarum as Kate Middleton has reported experiencing during her current pregnancy. The BPAS say that despite in resulting in extreme nausea and vomiting, many are not offering the full range of treatments.
BPAS director of external services Clare Murphy said: "Kate's [Middleton] experience has dramatically raised awareness of HG but many sufferers are expected to put up with it or have an abortion.
"No woman should ever feel stigmatised or judged for doing what is right for her or her family. But misplaced concerns about the impact of medication on the foetus should not prevent a woman accessing care she needs to continue a wanted pregnancy."
It is crucial to educate both pregnant women and healthcare professional on the difference between HG and 'normal' morning sickness in light of the findings according to Dr Daghni Rajasingam from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Nearly half of the women surveyed described difficulty obtaining appropriate medication, with specific treatments refused. In particular, women reported being denied some of the more effective treatments because of concerns about cost but also the impact on the foetus, even though there is a broad body of evidence indicating these treatments are safe.
BPAS suggests that nearly 60 years on from the Thalidomide disaster, some doctors remain hesitant about offering pregnant women medication, and women in turn anxious about whether such drugs are safe in pregnancy.
Read the report in full at: www.bpas.org/js/filemanager/files/hgbpaspssreport_docx.pdf