Hyperemesis Gravidarum affecting Duchess of Cambridge Once Again

Kate, duchess of Cambridge

On Monday, the Kensington palace made the official announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third royal baby. However, Kate needed to cancel an engagement she had because her health didn’t allow her to go out. The official Twitter account of the Kensington palace also announced that the Duchess is suffering from the same condition that made her two previous pregnancies difficult: hypermesis gravidarum. This is reportedly a very serious condition which affects a woman when she is pregnant. The National Institutes of Health is saying that this complication causes extreme and persistent nausea and vomiting.

The Duchess is not feeling well

It’s also worth noting that this condition can have serious effects on the body, like dehydration and accentuated weight loss. According to doctor Jennifer Ashton, hypermesis gravidarum should be taken very seriously. The majority of pregnant women experience morning sickness, but this condition is more severe. In some cases, it can even lead to malnutrition and rarely, organ failure. It’s worth remembering that back in December 2012, Kate ended up in hospital because of the same condition. Back then, it affected her while she was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Prince George, now 4-years old.

In 2014, the story repeated itself and Kate missed an engagement because the doctors were treating her for hypermesis gravidarum. At the time, she was pregnant with their second child, Princess Charlotte, now 2-years old. This time, the doctors at Kensington Palace are treating the Duchess for the same condition.

It seems like the nausea and vomiting during pregnancy might be caused by the increased level of the hormone chorionic gonadotropin in the blood. And the symptoms of hypermesis gravidarum are different in every woman. Some feel just a little sick, others can be stuck in bed, while some need hospitalization. This is sadly the case of the Duchess too.

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