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.”
Image: Kate Middleton, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
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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.”
Image: The Duchess of Cambridge, via Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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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.”
Image: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
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