Monday, January 14th, 2013
Prince William, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have confirmed in a statement that they are expecting a single baby in July. The announcement ends speculation that the couple is expecting twins. More from Reuters:
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July,” the prince’s office said in a statement.
The pregnancy of the 31-year-old, still popularly known as Kate Middleton, was revealed in December when she was admitted to hospital for four days suffering from a type of severe morning sickness which is slightly more common among women expecting twins.
“The Duchess’s condition continues to improve since her stay in hospital last month,” the statement added.
Image: Kate Middleton and Prince William, via Mr Pics / 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.”
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Monday, September 19th, 2011
Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have announced plans to open a children’s cancer treatment center at the Royal Marsden Hospital later this month, PEOPLE.com reports. Prince William is president of the London hospital, as was his mother, the late Princess Diana. From the article:
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Palace sources have also confirmed to PEOPLE that Kate, 29, is currently undergoing quiet, private visits to charities to figure out what sorts of causes she will pursue. “The Duchess has a broad range of interests,” adds the spokesman. And the causes she chooses to work with, “will be different to but complement her husband’s existing interests.”