Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, currently have two beautiful young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Of course, the public has always wondered whether Kate and William were going to grow their little family, or whether they thought two was the magic number.
The question was answered on September 4 when the couple and Kensington Palace announced that Kate is indeed pregnant with her third child.
While there is no denying that the Duchess has received the best prenatal care and will continue to be consulted by top-of-the-line experts throughout her pregnancy, that doesn’t stop her from suffering from a common problem like morning sickness.
Unfortunately, Forbes reports that Kate is suffering from a much more severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, which she has experienced in her previous pregnancies. She had a particularly difficult time during her first pregnancy with Prince George.
As it turns out, even royals can’t escape the perils of daily life for a pregnant woman.
Kate and William announced that they were pregnant with their third child on September 4, taking to the official royal Twitter account to share:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child.
As this is her third pregnancy, Kate knows what to expect. Unfortunately for her, this means more than swollen ankles and strange food cravings.
The Duchess suffers from a very severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.
It’s customary to announce a pregnancy toward the end of the first trimester, so people have guessed that Kate is about 12 weeks pregnant.
However, US Weekly reports that Kate might be even earlier in her pregnancy.
Rumor has it that Kate broke the news early because she had to cancel an appearance due to her severe morning sickness.
In fact, Kate announced her pregnancies with George and Charlotte early as well because she knows they can can be debilitating, and might prevent her from performing some of her royal duties.
That’s because hyperemesis gravidarum isn’t just any morning sickness.
In fact, Forbes reports that the condition is suffered by only .5% of American women, and that it can be incredibly debilitating for both the mother and the fetus.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is so severe that a woman will throw up three to four times or more a day, which leaves her and the baby growing inside of her malnourished and dehydrated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, hyperemesis gravidarum may require hospitalizations and an IV drip. It may also increase the risk of miscarriage.
Kate already had to be hospitalized for this condition during her last two pregnancies, and is likely being treated at home as we speak.
Women who have hyperemesis gravidarum should let their doctor know immediately, as they might also need round-the-clock care.
Not everyone has access to the kind of medical care Kate receives as a royal, but any woman who struggles with hyperemesis gravidarum needs to get plenty of bed rest and fluids, and should be monitored closely by her obstetrician.
On the bright side, hyperemesis gravidarum is nothing Kate hasn’t been able to overcome before, and it’s a small price to pay to grow their beautiful royal family.
Kate knows exactly what she’s dealing with as she enters her third pregnancy, so we have no doubt that we’ll be welcoming another healthy prince or princess sometime this coming spring.
Cheers to the parents! Are you excited for the royal family to grow again?
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