Future Queen, Kate Middleton, is still too sick to attend her royal engagements, and had to cancel, yet, another official visit. The 32-year-old is about 11 weeks pregnant with her second child, and is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the same illness she had when pregnant with son, Prince George. For those curious to know what the duchess might be experiencing we’re shedding light on this debilitating illness.
Some facts about Hyperemesis Gravidarum:
- It’s an extreme complication of pregnancy that causes persistent nausea and vomiting, and can lead to dehydration.
- It’s a rare condition. It only affects an estimated 0.5–2.0% of pregnant women.
- Some women with hyperemesis gravidarum lose as much as 10% of their body weight.
- Many sufferers of HG are extremely sensitive to odors in their environment and certain smells may exacerbate symptoms.
- HG tends to occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, and lasts significantly longer than morning sickness.
- Some sufferers of HG will experience severe symptoms until they give birth to their baby, and sometimes even after giving birth.
Since palace officials announced on September 8 that the duchess was pregnant, she’s been unable to work. So, we can only image how severe her condition must be. Out thoughts and prayers go out to Princess Kate.