Kate Middleton pregnant: What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Latest News / December 3, 2012

It was the news that the world was waiting and  on Monday, St. James Palace  announced that the Kate Middleton is pregnant with her and William’s  first baby.

Kate, 30, has been taken to King Edward  VII Hospital in London with acute morning sickness is expected to stay in  hospital for several days.

“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis  Gravidarum.

“As the pregnancy is in its very early  stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and  will require a period of rest thereafter,” it read.

So what is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

It is a very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.

For women with hyperemesis gravidarum their vomiting can be so severe they cannot keep food or liquid down.

The condition usually continues past the first three months of pregnancy and can pass by week 21, but may also last longer.

It is understood that the pregnancy has not passed the 12-week point and today’s announcement was prompted by the Duchess’s medical condition.

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Melissa Myers
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years, both in London and New York. She now focuses much of her time helping bring inspiring stories to light and, additionally, her project "Makeover with Meaning," which seeks to add a sprinkle of happiness into the lives of those who need it most.

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