Now That Kate Middleton Is Officially Preggers, We Should All Educate Ourselves On Hyperemesis Gravidarum

The world pretty much stopped in its tracks today when it found out that, after months of speculation, Kate Middleton is officially pregnant. She’s not just pregnant with any baby, but based on the media’s reaction, it’s the most important baby in the history of the world. Basically, you shouldn’t even bother having a kid, because your kid will never live up to the fetus that is currently growing inside Kate’s belly at this very moment.

On top of being pregnant, it has also been confirmed that the duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an intense form of morning sickness that makes normal morning sickness look like a party with cake and balloons. The “extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting,” according to National Library of Medicine can result in excessive weight loss, fainting, dehydration, low blood pressure, high pulse rates and it usually lasts for the first three months of the pregnancy. Although we don’t know how far along the duchess is, we do know it’s the early stages of her pregnancy, so she may have more than a few more weeks of this morning sickness from hell with which to deal.

So there you have it — a brief explanation of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As we all know it’s bound to be the most Googled two words within the next few days thanks to the world’s obsession with Kate and Wills, so we might as well just go over what it is now: it’s not fun.


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    • Niki

      As someone who suffered with Hyperemesis I can relate to what the Princess is going through. I wasn’t able to be hospitalized for an extended period of time because I was in law school, so I had to wear an IV attached to a pump and IV bag and carry it around in a backpack 24/7 for 8 wks. It was the WORST! I can’t imagine having public appearances and official duties to do as well. I hope the Princess feels better soon and she is nearing the end of her first trimester.

    • jamie

      I also had Hyperemesis with both of my children. You are sick every hour of the day. Not just in the morning. It never goes away. I was on home health for 5 months and also was on a IV pump 24 hours a day. You feel like you are dying a slow death. It is the worse thing I have ever experienced in my life. Prayers for her and the baby.