Duchess of Cambridge pregnant: Kate Middleton's extreme morning sickness explained

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital suffering from severe morning sickness

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to hospital suffering from severe morning sickness

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THE Duchess of Cambridge’s extreme morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy is a serious condition, as a leading consultant explains here.

The duchess, formerly Kate Middleton, is spending a second day in King Edward VII Hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare condition which causes severe vomiting during pregnancy.

The severity of the vomiting can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.

It affects 3.5 per 1,000 pregnant women and can cause women to vomit blood. Symptoms also include severe nausea, low blood pressure and fast heart rate, headaches, lethargy or confusion.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is treated by giving women fluids intravenously and by anti-sickness tablets

"In very simple terms hyperemesis means vomiting a lot and gravidarum means in pregnancy," said consultant obstetrician Daghni Rajasingam, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

"The diagnosis is given when women cannot keep food or fluid down because she has severe vomiting. The women who are vomiting pretty much constantly, that cannot keep any nutrients down, they need to be admitted to hospital."

She said the length of stay in hospital depends on each patient but many women are discharged in a matter of days.

"It depends on how well the woman is keeping fluids down," Ms Rajasingam added.

She said the condition is thought to be caused by elevated levels of the "pregnancy hormone" hCG. The body begins to produce human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) after conception.

Have you or anyone you know suffered from the same rare pregnancy condition as Kate? How did it affect you?

What is your reaction to the news of William and Kate’s baby? Is it something you are excited or happy about? What do you think they should name the prince or princess?

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10:01am Tue 4 Dec 12

lord righteous says...

" The severity of the vomiting can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis."
Lets hope she doesn't lose any weight,there would be nothing left otherwise.
" The severity of the vomiting can cause dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis." Lets hope she doesn't lose any weight,there would be nothing left otherwise. lord righteous
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10:43am Tue 4 Dec 12

rarecockneyguvnor says...

How wonderful for us all.......another leach to suck off the teat.
How wonderful for us all.......another leach to suck off the teat. rarecockneyguvnor
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10:59am Tue 4 Dec 12

AndrewSE says...

A Royal Baby - what a joy to the nation.

Why worry about all the cuts in public services.
A Royal Baby - what a joy to the nation. Why worry about all the cuts in public services. AndrewSE
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11:56am Tue 4 Dec 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Just what we need this rammed down out throat for the next nine months. Great !!

Still it will take the sheeples minds off the financial situation the country is in.

Sh1t street.
Just what we need this rammed down out throat for the next nine months. Great !! Still it will take the sheeples minds off the financial situation the country is in. Sh1t street. Gypo.Joe
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2:46pm Tue 4 Dec 12

the wall says...

Headlines; Woman Gets Pregnant
Headlines; Woman Gets Pregnant the wall
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3:12pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

Another royal sprog that we'll have to keep.

Kate, all you are is an heir-making machine. The sooner you and the British public realise this simple fact, the better.

Oh, and how many ordinary expectant mums would to admitted to hospital every time they experienced morning sickness? Zilch.
Another royal sprog that we'll have to keep. Kate, all you are is an heir-making machine. The sooner you and the British public realise this simple fact, the better. Oh, and how many ordinary expectant mums would to admitted to hospital every time they experienced morning sickness? Zilch. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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