Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Condition: What is 'Hyperemesis Gravidarum'?

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Dutchess Kate Middleton is officially pregnant, but unfortunately being a royal doesn’t exempt her from the all-too-often health complications of expecting.

"The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum," said the official statement from Buckingham Palace. "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."

So what exactly is this mystery disorder?

“Hyperemesis gravidarum is extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that may lead to dehydration,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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“Nearly all women have some nausea or vomiting, or "morning sickness,” particularly during the first 3 months of pregnancy,” the Medical Encyclopedia explains. “Extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can happen if you are pregnant with twins (or more) or if you have a hydatidiform mole (rare mass or growth that forms inside the uterus at the beginning of a pregnancy).” 

So how will the hospital proceed with treatment for the dutchess’ sickness?

According to the experts, the symptoms can be appeased with a combination of eating small, frequent meals (particularly dry foods like crackers), drinking plenty of fluids, regular doses of B6 vitamins, and, in some cases, nausea medication administered through an IV.

We’re sure Prince William and the Royal Family are making sure the mommy-to-be is in good hands, and we wish Her Royal Highness a speedy recovery.

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