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Kate Middleton Hospitalized for Severe Morning Sickness: She's In for One Heckuva Pregnancy

by Jeanne Sager on December 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Kate MiddletonOh, no poor Kate Middleton. After years of bump watch, the Duchess of Cambridge is finally pregnant! It's a happy Christmas miracle. Well, sort of. Because the poor princess is royally sick.

I don't mean "acting like a princess, has to be catered to" sick. I mean really, really sick. Had to be admitted to the hospital sick. So much for the super, special "I'm carrying the next king or queen" pregnancy the world has been wish on her, huh?

I know how the Internet works, so I'm willing to be that there is going to be groundswell of hate hurled at Kate for not putting her big girl panties on and just bucking up.

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Here's where I'm going to tell all y'all to can it. Now. Kate may be having a royal pregnancy, but she doesn't need the hate right now. She's having a hard enough time. I've been there; done that.

Like Kate, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, essentially a medical term for extreme morning sickness, when I was pregnant. Unlike Kate, I wasn't married to Prince William (although I did have dreams in high school, I won't lie!), and the sicker I got, the more I pushed myself to just power through and get to work because, gosh darnit, we were having a baby and we needed the money!

But my work ethic was no match for the monster that is hyperemesis gravidarum.

It didn't matter what I did; I couldn't keep food down. I couldn't stand up without my head feeling like it would explode. I couldn't function. I lost a week of work. I landed in the emergency room twice.

Doctors tried medicine after medicine to quell the nausea. I finally ended up with a drug designed for cancer patients to help them through the chemotheraphy.

If Kate is lucky, she'll be one of the women who suffer with HG only for the first few months of pregnancy. I wasn't lucky. I would end up taking that medicine every day for seven months in order to make sure my daughter got enough nutrients. Seven years after giving birth, I still have digestive problems -- a problem tied as much to pregnancy as to the fact that I was bulimic for years (before getting pregnant -- not during).

The good news for Kate is generally HG doesn't harm the baby -- provided you get treatment. My daughter was (is!) fine. She's got good news waiting for her at the end of the path! But she's going to have a heckuva time getting there.

What was your morning sickness like?

 

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Filed Under: complications, morning sickness

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  • marie
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    marie

    December 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM
    Thank you for sharing. I have also had HG, three times in three pregnancies. It is a monster, and people have actually died from it if left untreated. The baby won't die, but you will! I looked like a starving person you see on TV by the time it subsided at 20 weeks. Kate Middleton is very, very sick like so many other HG sufferers, and I pray that this will help raise awareness about this awful condition.
  • Erika
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    Erika

    December 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM
    I also have Hypermesis Garvidarum. This is my second pregnancy, the first ended in a miscarriage. I have been in the hospital four times, and am also on Zofran, the medicine they give to chemo patients. I also have a Severe UTI that I cannot kick from not being able to keep fluids down. I am 14 weeks, and still sick, but hopefully it SEEMS to be subsiding. This thing is NO picnic, so while I would not wish this on anyone, and I feel terrible for the Dutchess, I hope that this will shine some light on HG and the effects on moms-to be whether it be their work life, home life, or health.
  • jkm89
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    jkm89

    December 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM
    Awful, awful...AWFUL. More like 24/7 sickness for 4 months straight. I tried everything, ginger ale, saltines before you get out of bed, vitamin b6, sea bands, literally everything. And finally found one thing that did the trick.

    But I'm not sharing that here because I will be unmercifully flamed lol.
  • Psych...
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    Psyche_NYC

    December 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Thank you for the preemptive telling people to can it.  If there is a silver lining to our culture's attention to celebrity, I'm hoping it's the new attention to HG that this will bring.  It sounds like the royals had to announce the pregnancy  at this time BECAUSE she's suffering from HG and pregnant, and so are doing it earlier than is the norm.  I had to spill the beans early at work, too, because I was in such bad shape.  I threw up for the entire pregnancy, gagging through the labor.   The main reason I haven't had a second kid (yet?) is a fear of HG again.


  • Morgan
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    Morgan

    December 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM
    My sister had HG with both pregnancies. Hers didn't subside until she delivered. With her first pregnancy, it was so severe that her delivery weight was 10lbs less than her weight at her first prenatal appointment. With the second pregnancy, she spent 5 weeks in the hospital. That time her HG was so severe that her esophagus ruptured.
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    Emily Emfinger Johnson

    December 3, 2012 at 3:54 PM
    I had HG with both pregnancies, but with my son it was so bad I was in the hospital for pretty much 2 months and ended up with a PICC line for medicine and fluids until he was born. I feel so bad for her. It's hell to deal with. So bad that my husband and I made the heartbreaking choice to have no more children because I get so sick.
  • Court...
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    Courtney Puzzo

    December 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    oh please Kate is about 13 weeks and though HG is not a picnic my mom had it with both her pregnanices. somebody in the public eye having it brings much needed awarness just as with any other severe pregnancy complication like pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes


  • mojobebe
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    mojobebe

    December 3, 2012 at 6:43 PM
    I had HG with 3 pregnancies like so many others on here, I feel for the Duchess, and hope that the flipside is more awareness for this condition. So many people are unaware that this exists.
  • notdo...
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    notdown4games

    December 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM
    I had hg with all my pregnancies. It was so bad with my youngest thati lost over 50 lbs (granted I was massively overweighy and it was weight that needed to come off. But it was still bad for xander and me
  • Mary...
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    Mary Fowler

    December 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    My daughter had this and yes almost died she got so dehydrated her face swelled up like mumps and her saliva glands got clogged .It was awful she lost her job and they delivered the baby six weeks early, hers was an extreme case but they recommended she doesn't have more children .


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