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Royal Baby Watchers End Week Still Waiting

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The millions worldwide who are awaiting the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal baby have been on a roller coaster ride this week, and as yet there is still no news of an impending birth.  The story, which has been dubbed “The Great Kate Wait,” is subject to a great deal of formality, privacy, and protocol, in addition to intense media scrutiny.

The week began with a hint from Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall–stepmother to Prince William and wife to soon-to-be-grandfather Prince Charles.  During an appearance at a hospice facility Monday, she said of the birth, “We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here.”

By Wednesday, the speculation grew further when Queen Elizabeth herself mentioned the timing of the birth, saying to a group of children she was visiting in northern England, “I would very much like it to arrive. I’m going on holiday.”  It should be noted that the Queen doesn’t travel to her Balmoral estate in the Scottish highlands until the end of next week.

Then there is the question of where the royal couple is awaiting their bundle of joy–and where he or she will be born.  Most expect the birth to take place at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, next to Paddington Station in London, where Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were born born.  But the couple is reportedly waiting out the last days at the Middleton family’s home in the town of Bucklebury, in Berkshire which is about an hour’s journey from London.  Reportedly, a contingency plan is in place for the birth to take place at Royal Berkshire Hospital, where Kate was born, if labor progresses too quickly to make it back to London.  That hospital is less than a half hour’s drive from the Middleton’s house.

Now that the week is drawing to a close without any concrete news, the debate has shifted to the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date, which initially was reported to be “in July,” later specified by CNN to be July 13, and later clarified by “a well placed source” to Britain’s Telegraph newspaper to be July 19.

Stay tuned to PNN and for all the royal baby news as it unfolds.  We are featuring a Live Royal Baby Watch video stream, powered by the UK-based Press Association, which will go live as soon as Kate is admitted to the hospital.  Once we know Kate has given birth, we will be streaming 10 minutes before the “White Announcement Envelope,” in which the details of the baby’s birth are presented outside the hospital and put in the car to be taken to Buckingham Palace.

From there, we will be live streaming during core times until we’re given five minutes’ notice of the couple’s departure with the baby. William and Kate will make an official presentation of the baby, but–fair warning!–you might not see the baby’s face.

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Kate Middleton Baby Shower Called ‘Unlikely’

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge may be the most famous pregnant woman on the planet, but a lavish baby shower is not likely in the works, according to news reports.  More from The Huffington Post:

According to Victoria Arbiter, ABC News Royal Expert, the Duchess of Cambridge will most likely eschew a big to-do because of the “added pressure that [she and Prince William] are clearly very wealthy, and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate. There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”

Until now, the general consensus among rumor mill contributors has been that Pippa Middleton is planning a “down-to-earth” baby shower for the duchess, complete with wine, beer and a possible appearance by Queen Elizabeth II. Arbiter even conceded that there is a slight chance that Pips will put together a very small event, but she doesn’t think there’s a chance the queen would show up (and we have to agree).

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Kate Middleton May Be Trying Hypnotherapy to Combat Morning Sickness

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is reportedly trying to use hypnotherapy as a way to find food appealing during a pregnancy in which she’s suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemisis gravidarum The Huffington Post says that an Australian tabloid is attributing the hypnotherapy news to a friend of the Duchess’ and says that is not confirmed:

Whether Kate is actually undergoing hypnosis is up for debate, given the source of the report. But the claim raises questions of whether hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective as a treatment for women suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

Medical studies do not offer conclusive evidence. In 2010, researchers at Queen’s University of Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland, completed an examination of six different studies on hypnotherapy and acute morning sickness and found encouraging results for its use as a treatment. However, the researchers concluded that the quality of evidence was not sufficient to establish whether hypnosis is truly effective.

According to Dr. Tony Chon with the Mayo Clinic’s Complimentary and Integrative Medicine Program, studies on hypnotherapy’s effectiveness have shown mixed results. However, he told The Huffington Post that enough anecdotal evidence exists to suggest that the method can be a help to women, especially when so few treatment options exist for acute morning sickness.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis, where everything is in dark room and someone’s going to be swinging a clock in your face and youre going to be barking like a dog,” Chon said to HuffPost.

Instead, he explained, the practice should relax the mind, making the subject more open and receptive to positive suggestions. Since morning sickness conditions the brain to associate food with nausea, hypnotherapy could possibly recondition that response, according to Chon.

“When someone is going through a trance with hypnosis, then you’re kind of trying to change the way someone thinks about food,” he said. “Rather than saying you’re going to get nauseaus, you’re saying the food that you see from this point on is going to be very nutritious, it’s going to be good tasting, it’s going to lead to a positive pregnancy.”

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Kate Middleton Leaves Hospital After Morning Sickness Issue

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton and the wife of England’s Prince William, left a London hospital Thursday after a 3-day stay to treat her hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare but severe form of morning sickness. More from The Hufffington Post:

“She exited the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Thursday with Prince William by her side (and quite color-coordinated with her husband, we must add), carrying a bouquet of yellow flowers and smiling for the paparazzi. According to the Telegraph, as she got into a waiting car with William, she was asked how she is feeling and replied, “I’m feeling much better, thank you.”

The Duchess of Cambridge was brought to the hospital on Monday to be treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness that will likely affect her throughout her pregnancy. The hospital visit, reports say, forced the hand of the royal family, compelling them to announce the duchess’ pregnancy less than 12 weeks in.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s Hospitalization Spotlights Rare Condition

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

As news of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy with what will be the heir to the British throne spread this week, word also emerged of the reason the Duchess, the former Kate Middleton, has been hospitalized. The reason is a relatively rare condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, or H.G., and it is essentially a severe form of morning sickness.

The New York Times published a Q&A with Dr. Marlena Fejzo, an H.G. researcher, on the condition and its impact on pregnancy and the pregnant woman. She said the condition, which involves a rapid–and up to 5 percent–weight loss and severe nausea and vomiting, is rare, affecting only 0.2 percent of women worldwide. Before the advent of IV fluids in the 1950s, it was a leading cause of death among pregnant women, although today it is relatively easy to treat. From the interview:

“Doctors try to give IV and anti-nausea medication at first. About 20 percent of the women who contact the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation require tube feeding. It’s very serious. They have to have a tube inserted above their heart. Blood tests have to be done every day, or every other day, and the bag of nutrients has to be monitored to make sure it’s personalized for the woman’s needs. But I don’t think Kate Middleton (based on news reports) has it that bad. She’s just gone in for the IV fluids.”

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