Duchess Kate & Prince William are officially expecting their first baby!!

HUZZAH!!!!! ROYAL BABIES!!!!!!! Duchess Kate and Prince William have just announced that they are expecting their first child. You know what this means, right? This means that Life & Style was right! This means that Star Magazine was sort of right too. And this probably means that Duchess Kate is about three months along? Do you think they would announce it before then? Let’s backtrack… this means she got pregnant in the beginning of September? But that means she was newly knocked up during their Epic Asian Tour? That means the date of conception was probably during the vacation which had all of those crumpet-y, naked photos? Oh, my.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby, St James’s Palace announced today.

The palace said the duchess was admitted this afternoon to the King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness and is expected to stay in hospital for several days.

The couple married in April 2011.

[From The Telegraph]

As I said earlier when I was covering those tartan-y photos, Kate is looking pregnant these days. I think they made the choice to announce because it was getting to the point where she was barely able to hide it. Her face looked fuller, her waist wasn’t as tiny, and she changed her hair. I know the hair change thing isn’t proof-positive, but I know that a lot of women change their hair during their pregnancies.

Anyway, congrats to Kate and Will. This is going to be so much fun!! I can’t wait to see Kate really knocked up. I can’t wait to see her maternity style. I can’t wait to see if she uses her pregnancy as an excuse to do less work. I can’t wait until we have royal baby photos!!! I’m so excited.

UPDATE: So, she’s already in the hospital! She was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this morning with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, “an acute form of morning sickness, and is expected to remain there for several days.”

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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    • Vesper Lynd says:

      Yes, congrats to such good news!

      And I hope Kate gets feeling better, I had morning sickness so bad during the first timesters of my pregnancies i barely ate. She must really feel exhausted with it. It drains the energy out of you.

      Morning sickess survival kit: crackers and a ginger…ah…cough, sorry…I meant a Ginger Ale

      • Azurea says:

        Em, crackers & gingerale won’t help her type of morning sickness. I had the same condition, and it is SHEER, UNMITIGATED HELL! Non-stop terrible nausea & vomiting for weeks & months on end. Even taking the drug that’s approved in Canada to treat it, I was still completely bedridden for the first 3 months. It gradually got better after 3 months, but I continued on the drug at a lower dose for the rest of the pregnancy, and felt good. I was hospitalized for a week at the beginning, also. I lost 12 lbs, starting from 117, and looked like a cancer victim at my first pregnancy check-up at 6 weeks, (and having to get out of bed to go to it was awful.) I would NEVER go through that again! For years afterward, whenever I got an upset stomach I was terrified I was pregnant, even though I was using pretty much foolproof birth control. In the olden days, I would have just died from dehydration. Poor Kate!

      • BeesKnees says:

        @Azurea: I feel your pain, I had the same thing. I was hospitalized twice and lost a lot of weight in the first trimester. I was a pre-K teacher and actually passed out in the room with my students and ended up taking a leave of absence (the whole ordeal actually made me decide to be a stay at home mom for a few years with my daughter). I only have one child and I am scared this will happen if I get pregnant again. It is hell, it’s not just morning sickness but literally all day throwing up and dry heaving. This all happened around Christmas and New Years and even a few years later, I still associate that period of time with feeling sick. I feel really bad for Kate!

      • Esmom says:

        BeesKnees, I hate to say it but my co-worker’s wife suffered through it with both her pregnancies. They wanted to have more than two kids but stopped because she couldn’t face the possibility of being so sick a third time.

      • VV says:

        Apparently my doctor sucked because during my first pregnancy when I had what I termed ‘day sickness’ I was just left to tough it out. The second pregnancy when I naively thought the morning sickness would ease up, I was sicker than the first time. Thankfully my doctor prescribed me the morning sickness drug that had since been approved up here in Canada but even with weight loss he didn’t send me to hospital. Hopefully Kate gets over this quickly. It makes pregnancy a very UNBEAUTIFUL experience lol I still kinda sneer when people mention pregnancy as being so beautiful and awesome…yeah ah huh. lol

      • Laura says:

        Yep, at first when I heard she was hospitalized for ‘acute morning sickness’ I rolled my eyes, but with the help of some people who knew more about pregnancy than me I learned that it was no laughing matter. Now I feel bad for minimizing it.

    • bella says:

      yup…i knew it, too!
      very sweet…best wishes!

    • Liv says:

      I didn’t! I thought it’s just the tabloids going over the top!

      And haven’t they said both of them had to take pills to not catch malaria and because of that couldn’t start trying for a baby? Was this a lie? Or is she so early on in her pregnancy, like 4-6 weeks? I hope not, because it would be a enormous pressure to not miscarrying.

      • Amelia says:

        When I went to a Malaria zone I was informed that some anti-malarials can inhibit the action of The Pill, but I was never told I couldn’t get pregnant. Maybe it depends on what you take. Doxy’ is quite harsh on the body but Malarone has minimal side effects.
        Problems start arising when pregnant women get malaria as it can have a pretty damaging effect on a foetus. I know that it’s reccomended pregnant women don’t take anti malarials but I’m trying to work out how far along she is. The news just reported she’s about 8 weeks along, so she might still have been taking malaria pills at that time. What a lot of people forget is that you *have* to keep taking the pills after you return from a malaria zone because the parasite remains in your bloodstream and your liver.
        Ah. Off topic.
        Ah well, I’m off to the gym!

      • Amy625 says:

        The tabloids weren’t right. They’ve been claiming that Kate was pregnant every week since they announced their engagement.

  1. Bellatrix says:

    ROYAL BABIES! AAAH… But will it be a ginger? :-D Place yer bets. Place yer bets!

  2. Erinn says:

    I’m happy for them :) I know people tend not to like her, but this is an exciting time for them.

  3. Hollz says:

    Saw this on CNN a few minutes ago, have been refreshing this page ever since!
    I think they only announced it because she’s in the hospital, so who knows how far along she is!

    • OhDear says:

      “Severe form of morning sickness” apparently. Hope the rest of the pregnancy goes much more smoothly for her.

    • Alexandra Bananrama says:

      I was thinking the same thing Hollz. She might only be 6 weeks in and that’s heavy miscarriage territory.

      I’m wondering if her morning sickness isn’t all that bad, but because she is 30 they’re being very cautious with her pregnancy.

      • emmie_a says:

        …because she is 30 they’re being very cautious

        Are you serious?! You do know 30 is not old, right? And being pregnant at 30 is not high-risk!

      • Alexandra Bananrama says:

        It’s not old in terms of lifespan, but many, many women become much less fertile even starting at 29. There are lots of variables, but I stand by what I said.

        And I didn’t mean for it to come across as 30 is high risk to carry. That’s foolish. It is still very early in her pregnancy and the risk to lose the baby is still there. To get pregnant again is often hard. Getting pregnant does not always come easy.

        Say worst case she loses he child. And that would be terrible and I hope she doesn’t. Her body will need time to heal. By the time she’s physically able to try again she might be 32? They’re being super careful for all of these reasons. And again. 32 is young, but getting pregnant isn’t as eas as unprotected sex while you’re ovulating. and the older you get the harder.

      • HulaHoop says:

        According to CNN she’s not quite 12 weeks. Also, pregnancies aren’t generally considered risky until a woman is over 35.

      • lady X says:

        LAWD … What is with all this 6 weeks is miscarriage territory .. RELAX people… I know women who miscarried at 5 to 6 months … People miscarry for many different reasons… the only reason they had to announce it was because she went into hospital and it would have gotten out … for sure… 30 years old means nothing as far as how one can carry a child… When you are referring to age it is in regards to how great their chances are of conception … women have babies in their 40 everyday with no problems … stop letting the 1 or 2 out of 1 million stories you hear scare you ….Back in the day when there was no birth control women had babies until they stopped bleeding … She will be fine … announcing early does nothing …

      • Trillion says:

        Alexandra, I miscarried at 39 and got pregnant again within weeks. People miscarry at all ages. You know this right? And women can conceive more quickly than usual following a miscarriage. The body is in the mode, so to speak. I didn’t know this before, but my ob/gyn told me about it after my miscarriage, and lo and behold that’s exactly what happened. And 30 or 32 “old” for childbearing? Maybe back when people only lived to their 50′s or 60′s, but certainly not in this day and age.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        I don’t know anyone who gave birth before 30. Geesh!

    • DreamyK says:

      Most sufferers of morning sickness have it in the first trimester aka the first 3 months. I had all day sickness from 6 weeks to 12 weeks when it magically disappeared. Let’s hope Kate is the same.

      I just thought of something! Did Kate get knocked up in France during the nude sunbathing episode? That was back in September…… <___<

      • Lee says:

        Exciting news!

        I can relate to Kate’s pregnancy; I predict a girl – I had terrible all-day sickness with my third – and first girl. Totally different than with the boys. And it didn’t stop till after the fifth month. But they do say that lots of morning sickness signals lots of pregnancy hormones, and a pregnancy that is more likely to stick. So it’s a bit of a mixed blessing:)

  4. littlestar says:

    I’m not a Will or Kate fan or a baby person but this is still exciting news! Congrats to them! :D

  5. gee says:

    YAYYYYY love them can’t wait!

  6. cat says:

    Wow. I can’t believe you are so excited. Congrats to you too then!!! :)

    • I.want.shoes says:

      LOL! I also don’t get this excitement over a royal baby.

      • Mel says:

        Same here. :)
        To me, personally (just to make sure nobody gets offended), babies are about the most mind-numbingly boring subject there is.
        And “celebrity” babies doubly so.

        While I am here, I might as well add my opinion that I do not think Diana would have been overjoyed. She never struck me as a person who would look forward to being a grandmother.
        Were she alive, she would probably feel way too young to be a granny.
        (It’s not about biological possibilities – you CAN, of course, be a grandmother at 30 or even earlier)

      • ZenB!tch says:

        The only excitement here is hoping its a girl so they have to enforce the new rule.

        I’m so not the mom type. I don’t mind babies or children. For me it’s toddlers. I don’t like toddlers. And now I have two friends who have toddlers and post EVERYTHING about them – talk about permanent birth control. If you must talk about potty training, please go on a mom site. ICK! No thanks!

        Let us hope we do not learn the ins and outs of royal potty training. BLEARGH!

    • V4Real says:

      After a year of speculation, turned out the media was right? Now if we can only get the confirmation of the three year long pregnancy of Jennifer Anniston.

  7. Jasmine says:

    This is going to be epic!!!!!

  8. Abby says:

    YAY!!!! YAY ROYAL BABIES! YAY!

  9. Rianic says:

    The Daily Mail said she’s in the hospital w hyperemesis gravidia – that’s EXTREME morning sickness. Hubs is an OB, and the women have to stay for IVs and sometimes a crazy diet.

    Congrats and hope she feels better soon!

    • Belle says:

      I had this with both of my pregnancies. With the first, it started at 6 weeks, and with the second, I was sick before I even knew I was pregnant. I didn’t have to stay in the hospital though… only a couple of times for IV fluids for dehydration. I had to be on medication throughout both pregnancies. With the first, I fought it… ‘I don’t want to take medication, what about the baby!’ but things got really bad. It started with just horrible nausea…. so awful, I kept thinking, maybe if I threw up, I would feel better! (You know how when you have a stomach bug, right after you throw up, you usually feel better for just a bit… until next time you throw up? LOL I wanted THAT!) But, after a few weeks of non-stop horrid nausea, I did start throwing up… and I didn’t feel better at all): I finally started the medication… which was in the form of shots in my hip every three days through the rest of the first trimester… and then I was switched to pills. It helped some… enough for me to eventually crawl back to work (after missing about 2 months), but I struggled for the entire pregnancy. Second pregnancy, as soon as I realized I was nauseous because I was pregnant, I saw my OB and started medication immediately. It wasn’t quite as bad the second time, but still an issue throughout the pregnancy. I was so envious of those women who felt great during their pregnancies… and even of those who were sick in the first trimester, but then felt better.

      btw… I have two girls(;

      • Lee says:

        OMG Belle, I know what you’re talking about. Horrible. I was on meds as well, and they helped some, but not completely. It was like a relentless case of never-ending flu. I even threw up in the middle of the night. Just like the flu.

      • Belle says:

        I’m sorry you went through it as well Lee! I don’t know about you, but I am SO nausea/vomit phobic now that I drive everyone nuts! My kids don’t even tell me anymore if some kid pukes at school because they know I would freak out and grill them… do you sit by them? were you around them? did you wash your hands immediately? has anyone else in your class been sick? did you have your protective germ-proof bubble on at the time? LOL Then I would be in a panic for the next 4 or 5 days, waiting to see if anyone got sick. UGH!

  10. DemoCat827 says:

    The photog Niraj Tanna (a Middleton family favorite) had recently tweeted cryptically about “in 7 months’ time” (meaning maybe a June birth) and “mandatory 12 weeks scan.” Interesting.

  11. Isa says:

    Congrats to them but why do we care? Lol

  12. Esti says:

    I think they announced it early because she had to be hospitalized today, and it was going to get out at that point anyway. Hyperemesis gravidarum (the accute morning sickness) can be a *really* serious condition and news reports said she would be in hospital for several days, so there was no way that this story wasn’t going to leak.

    Anyway, congrats to them! I really hope that they find an effective way to treat her condition, even if major complications are avoided it would be really unpleasant for her to spend the entire pregnancy suffering from extreme vomiting. :(

    • inthekitchen says:

      Does anyone – who has had this condition – know how she was able to run around that pitch the other day if she is so violently ill? Seems like a hum to me and just the next in a long line of excuses of why she will now need privacy and rest (until she is papped out shopping for baby clothes with Ma Middleton).

      I don’t doubt this is a real condition, it just seems odd that she looked fine just a few days ago and was running around playing hockey…and now requires (per the royal statement): ‘… to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.’

      • Devon says:

        Most likely was that the morning sickness hadn’t kicked in yet. It’s not like you pee on the stick and then BAM! puking.

        Most cases of morning sickness show up at around the 6-9 week mark, which is probably how far along she is. When my girlfriend was pregnant the first time, she felt fine up until day 1 of week 8. Then it hit her and she was sick for the rest of the pregnancy. Everyone is different.

      • sal says:

        My thoughts exactly. This whole thing is so gross and shady.

      • Alexandra Bananrama says:

        It can kick in over night and when it does it’s bad. Very bad. You’re dehydrated, losing nourishment you body needs then more than ever and you may have to be on a very strict diet.
        It’s also, not too common that this occurs, so who knows.

        I think it’s possibly a cover just to “baby” her pregnancy and make sure every step of the way is carefully monitored. It is a future heir after all.

      • Esti says:

        Seriously? You think the Palace decided to lie to the entire world by claiming that Kate has a serious medical condition that she doesn’t actually have — and somehow convinced a number of hospital personnel not to tip off the tabloids that it’s a pile of crap — so that Kate can do fewer public appearances?

        Leaving aside the fact that there is ZERO chance that the Queen would risk turning public opinion against the monarchy if that lie ever came out (which it obviously would at some point, because some nurse would see $$$ signs), it’s not like it’s even necessary. Kate could do fewer appearances while pregnant and just say she was tired, or had regular morning sickness, or whatever. The press will still be falling all over themselves when the baby arrives, and haters (as you demonstrate) aren’t going to be stopped by something as trivial as a potentially dangerous medical condition.

      • WickedSteppMom says:

        Actually, I had hyperemesis gravidarum during my pregnancies, and it pretty much IS like you pee on the stick and BAM!, you’re puking. It is NOT*NOT*NOT like typical morning sickness. I was so sick, I would actually wake up in the middle of the night, out of a semi-sound sleep, to vomit. I would vomit if I sneezed too hard. I was on meds to control it, but they didn’t help much. I also ended up having to be hospitalized early for dehydration & to get the vomiting stabililized, b/c my doc was concerned about potential miscarriage. Most typical morning sickness goes away by the second trimester, whereas hyperemesis lasts the whole pregnancy, or the majority of it & can get worse w/each subsequent pregnancy. I actually LOST 50 lbs w/my 1st pregnancy & 35 lbs w/my 2nd pregnancy (obvs. I gained some back in between) but Hyperemesis is definitely something serious.

      • LAK says:

        That part of the statement jumped out at me too, but I can’t get mad because it’s to be expected. That’s how she rolls. This time no pr to pull wool over our eyes like they did at the wedding because we can see for ourselves. So from that perspective, no disappointment here. Hope she has a good pregnancy and healthy baby.

        Going by the standard aristo practice of sending the children away to school at 7, we can make a very strong bet that she’s officially off duties (except for galas and premieres) until the 2nd baby hits 7yrs. So we are looking at a minimum 8yrs. That’s standard waity time!!

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I had HG – not so badly I needed inpatient hospital admission, but badly enough I needed drugs and to be a day patient. Drugs are rare in this country as the Thalidomide scandal means they’re paranoid. I couldn’t keep much down for the first 4 months, even water I had to sip slowly, and I also know someone who was an inpatient for most of her pregnancy.

        The thing is, in early pregnancy the HCG hormone doubles every day, so yeah, one day you have a sore throat and feel a bit like you’ve got that uneasy gut you have with a hangover, and 2 days later you’re lying on the bathroom floor, unable to even move because you’ll retch some more, wishing you were dead.

        My mother had it to, and she’s had chemo. She says the HG was worse. It’s hormonal, obviously, and in my case I was unlucky enough to get the joint thing, SPD/PGP as well, which is also hormone-related. I am not good at being pregnant. I really feel for her, if this isn’t an early months deal. Some women have it all 9 months and it can be really serious – in the days before drips and medication it killed women. It’s what killed Charlotte Bronte, in fact.

      • Devon says:

        @WickedSteppMom I’m so sorry you had to go through all that. My friend didn’t have it THAT bad but it was bad enough that she was on Diclectin for most of her pregnancy. Pregnancy is suppose to be this magical time in a woman’s life but she was so over it from the start! Being sick all the time, almost losing her baby at 20 weeks, the unbearable hip and back pain… it was so hard to watch her go through it!

        Some people do get morning sickness straight away but they, I believe, are the minority. Like I said, my friend, she was good up until the first day of her 8th week then it was upchuck city. My mum, when pregnant with me, was sick even before the test came back positive. Every pregnancy is different. My friend I mentioned above is pregnant again and it’s like night and day. No morning sickness other than a few bouts of nausea and she feels great.

        I was just guessing that since Catherine was able to run around on Friday, that she either wasn’t feeling the effects of it yet or it wasn’t that bad yet. The palace wouldn’t lie about something like this. They don’t even need to give a reason as to why she’s in the H but since they’ve given a reason, and they like to be on top of the news, I have no doubts this is what she’s suffering from.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        @Esti – I am a nurse and the hospital protects itself very well by protecting confidentiality. And yes sometimes a nurse or tech or CNA will see $$$ for spilling beans, but that is not common. If anyone who saw her medical file spilled the beans for cash they would get a few thousand for talking. The hospital would find out who talked. They would be fired and then sued by the hospital for damages. That’s why it’s so rare, but makes the news and we hear about it.

        I’m also betting there’s heavy security all around Kate’s room and files. Also, The palace has been caught before. Everyone lies.

        @ Wicked I am so sorry to hear you had this condition! It’s 1 of the things that terrifies me about pregnancy.

      • Belle says:

        I know this has already been discussed… but it kicks in when it kicks in, and it can vary. As I posted above, with my first pregnancy, it hit right at 6 weeks, and was immediately awful. Went home from work that very day, and didn’t go back for two months… and when I did, I was on medication, and was still green, and barely functioning. I managed to work spotty, part-time hours for a couple of months before quitting. (We had planned for me to stop working after I had the baby, but early on, I figured I would work up until delivery… nope!)

        With my second pregnancy, I was sick BEFORE I peed on the stick! I hadn’t even missed my period… and wasn’t expecting a pregnancy at the time, so I didn’t even know why I was sick at first.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        Incidentally, I had morning sickness begin 2 weeks after conception, which is 4 weeks pregnant (they date pregnancy from the first day of the last period) and by 3 weeks post-conception, so 5 weeks pregnant, I was being seen in hospital. Scan dates confirmed that. They said it isn’t common to get sick that early, but some women with HG start throwing up less than a week after conception. She could be really, *really* early. If she isn’t, then it’s less severe.

      • Marigold says:

        I’m pregnant right now and I’m currently fine but I was very ill for about 8 weeks and it didn’t start until I was a month along and I can promise you-it was fine one day and “please, somebody put me out of my misery” the next. Every woman’s experience is different whether they have typical morning sickness or whether they have this particular kind of morning sickness. Her being fine the other day means nothing.

    • eileen says:

      “Hyperemesis Gravidarum”
      OMG I want to vomit just READING that! I had it so bad, I probably threw up 7-9 times a day, lost 20 lbs my first trimester and had to wear a backpack IV to keep hydrated. I could only eat wheat bread, tomatoes and Bomb Pops. lol STILL haven’t eaten sunflower seeds to this day after being sick on them. And yes, just like Wicked, I would wake up choking on vomit. The husband had to eat all his meals out on the patio and take showers the minute he got home because just the smell of him made me sick.
      Poor thing-if she has it that bad she will be miserable for months.

      • Sassy says:

        I had three children and not one instance of morning sickness. I did have terrible heartburn and would chug Malox. The old wives tale is that if you have heartburn, your child will have lots of hair. HA – and they did!

      • jaye says:

        I had it bad like this too Eileen. I couldn’t be around my ex because his natural scent would make me extremely nauseous. I couldn’t eat crackers or drink ginger ale my first 4 mos because the taste of both made me sick. This was 17 years ago…I wish I knew about the medications for nausea then. I tried everything, magnesium tablets, wristbands that applied pressure to a certain spot on the wrist that supposedly prevented nausea. For a while, the only things I could keep down were apples. It finally subsided when I was about 5 mos pregnant, but it was enough to make me not want to be pregnant again.

    • Hmmm says:

      Sure the palace dissembles (i.e., lies). And I haven’t forgotten the “previous commitment” the hapless duo made up to party naked in France instead of attending the paralympics. IMO, they all lie a lot of the time.

      • Devon says:

        I’m sure they do lie all the time, you have to when it comes to PR. However, I don’t think they’re lying now. They could have said a million different reasons as to why she’s in the hospital. Food poisoning, pneumonia, the flu, etc… to divulge something this specific is a pretty good indicator that it’s true.

      • LAK says:

        @Devon – I don’t think @Hmmm is saying that the palace is lying THIS time. @Hmmm is responding to someone upthread who thinks that the Palace never or doesn’t lie.

        Also, poster @inthekitchen is pointing out a tiny throwaway sentence at the bottom of the palace statement which says that Kate is excused from duties. That’s what prompted the discussion, I think. The Palace wouldn’t give out THIS kind of information if it wasn’t serious however, the campaign for Kate’s future lack of work ethic has already begun because they didn’t have to include that last sentence other than to say she’s resting for a few days.I think they are burying the bad news in the middle of the good news, even with the HG. It’s classic PR.

        I am not saying that Kate shouldn’t rest or needs to give us a time frame for that rest, but it is opens up that discussion if one is paying attention especially given her track record in these matters.

  13. Bad Irene says:

    I hope she has time to rest in her busy schedule of holidaying and resting after holidaying.

    Damn I am grumpy today, need coffee.

    • emmie_a says:

      Haha! I’m with you Bad Irene (and I already had my coffee!)… Of course she will need lots and lots of rest after she leaves the hospital.
      I hope she has a healthy pregnancy & a healthy baby but this just fits perfect with my picture of lazy Kate.

      • not a royal fan says:

        Was going to mention she was playing hockey last weekend. Now she’s in the hospital the next – for what??? Isn’t this a bit of a drama queen pregnancy. I met many of those in my life. The women announce pregnancy and act like babies themselves the entire 9 months. (Honey, get me this and get me that, lift my feet, massage my ankles and while you’re at it, breathe for me…) Often, they’ll act as though they are very very delicate and use it to get attention.. (Symptoms are akin to a sufferer’s of Mauchausen’s syndrome).

      • Karen says:

        Really, Lazy! The girl’s in the hospital. A couple of my friends have had to be hospitalized because of severe morning sickness and it sucks. I can’t believe some of these posters who think she is “faking” this sickness, just so she can lie on a couch for the next few months.

    • Mrs K says:

      +1 So funny :-)
      When the baby is born, she is going to have a perfect excuse not to work for the next 18 years. “I choose to completely focus on the baby because I am such a hands-on mum, I don’t have any nannies, chefs, cleaners…”

  14. Ms Kay says:

    BBC broke them news 5min ago.

    Congrats.

  15. Diane* says:

    I’m so excited I can’t stand it! Congrats!

  16. Mia 4S says:

    Honestly while I wish them well, I’m just happy we don’t have to endure the endless bump watch and speculation. Honestly since motherhood and baby pimping became a career and media-worthy I am even rolling my eyes at the ones I kind of like!

  17. Zigggy says:

    Exciting!! (I don’t know why, but it totally is!)

  18. The Original Tiffany says:

    See what happens when you let your tittays fly free?

  19. Mia 4S says:

    Honestly while I wish them well, I’m just happy we don’t have to endure the endless bump watch and speculation. Yikes, since motherhood and baby pimping became a career and media-worthy I am even rolling my eyes at the ones I kind of like!

  20. Sam says:

    Hooray for them. For all the tabloid and press coverage, I do think they actually love each other.

    I hope if it’s a girl, they pick a name that honors Diana in some way. She took so much pride in her sons. And it will be her grandchild, too, even though she’s not here to enjoy it with them.

    And gird your loins for 6-7 months of media insanity now.

    • tmbg says:

      It won’t be 6-7 months. It’ll be the years while she is still of childbearing age. She’ll give birth to this one (God willing) and the coverage of the new family will start. Then after several months or a year, a new bump watch will begin, the media will go nuts over a second pregnancy, the coverage of the family of four will be all over the news, and well, you get the idea.

      I have nothing against Kate, but I can tell this is going to get old fast and make coverage of the Brangelina triangle look like child’s play. People mag is already going insane, just like they did with Diana. I was too young to notice the constant Diana covers (until the mid-90s) and the internet wasn’t around then to blast the news in your face, but I expect this will be much of the same. The difference is Kate and William seem to have a stable relationship.

  21. Reece says:

    Damn, lost $5! I said not til next year. Oh well, a new heir of the heir’s heir. Congrats to them.

  22. JenD says:

    That’s awesome! I’m also pregnant, and very anxious for my 1st trimester to be over to announce it. Obviously not through the Telegraph. I’m only famous in my household. :-)

  23. brin says:

    Congrats to kate & Wills!!!
    Diana must be smiling!

  24. LAK says:

    You know what this means,kaiser? Harry is off the hook!

    You can totally go hook up and make ginger babies with him now!!!

  25. Eleonor says:

    Congratulations! I wish her an healthy pregnancy!

  26. Talie says:

    I think she may be a bit earlier than 3 months because they had to explain why she was suddenly hospitalized.

  27. Gine says:

    I knew it–you can always tell by the face, pregnant women’s faces almost always change subtly, even before the bump begins to show–I wonder why that is.

  28. The Original Denise says:

    Super; another Royal moocher. So we are going to be bombarded by the greatest pregnancy ever in the history of pregnancy.

  29. Isa says:

    Awww normally
    I could not care less about them. (Almost wrote could care less, ugh!) but throw in babies and I’m all giddy!
    I think they announced bc it was gonna come out anyway with her being in the hospital. Bless her heart. HG is no joke! She will probably lose weight. :-(

  30. soulsister says:

    Fab news! Very happy for them. It’s nice to hear good news for a change! :)

  31. Aubra says:

    A new heir…before a spare! LOL

  32. MerryHappy says:

    Aww, that makes me happy for them.

  33. Devon says:

    Hyperemesis gravidarum, huh? If I remember correctly, it’s more common in women who are pregnant with multiples. Wouldn’t that be exciting! A girl I went to high school with had this when she was pregnant with her identical twins boys.

    Congrats to William and Catherine! I’m guessing a late June/early July baby and a girl!

  34. Samigirl says:

    Very exciting!

    As for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, one of my girlfriends has it (I joke that it sounds like a spell from Harry Potter), and it is NO JOKE. She has to wear a pump 24/7 with a constant flow of anti nausea meds. Hyperemesis Gravidarum caused her to miscarry once already, and she’s actually lost about 14 pounds this pregnancy bc of it. I realllllly hope Kate can battle this and stay healthy for her and her baby!

  35. Ms Kay says:

    Now that is bad news for Pippa Middleton bum, it was seriously hoping to stay under the spotlight for a while, and now her sister uterus comes and royally snatches it.

    Good news for Harry royal ginger jewels, he shall go and strip off to celebrate.

  36. L says:

    Yay! Baby!

    My sister had hyperemesis gravidia, and it so much worse than ‘morning sickness’ She was in hospital for a couple of weeks, and actually lost alot of weight. It was scary stuff.

    According to reports, she’s not out of her first trimester so I think she’s only 8 weeks along. I think they were going to announce in the new year and then she got sick.

  37. OrangeBlohan says:

    I loved Princess Diana. So wish she could still be here to welcome her first grandchild. Congratulations!

  38. Janet says:

    I hope she has a nice healthy pregnancy and the morning sickness gets resolved soon. A friend of mine had horrible morning sickness with both her pregnancies that lasted six months. They have medication now that can alleviate that without doing any damage to the fetus.

    • Snowangel says:

      Yes, there are much better meds that have been proven safe now. Back 17 years ago, my doctor wouldn’t give me anything, but I guess my sickness was not as severe. But it felt severe to me, puked my guts out several times per day. I am happy for them, saw them in person at the olympics, and they are definitely in love !

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      In the UK they are totally opposed to giving anyone medication unless their health or the baby’s is at risk. Otherwise pregnant women are just told to get on with it – I’ve been told that isn’t the case overseas?

      • Michelle says:

        No, in Canada, they prescribe a medicine called diclectin. I needed it to be functional with my son. I had bad, bad morning sickness (though no name was ever put on it), to the point of losing 13 lbs in my first trimester and it was Hellish. I was sick the entire time, right up until delivery. I feel bad for Kate.

      • Kate says:

        Losing 5% or more of your bodyweight is a clinical indicator for it, though if you can keep fluids and nutrition down to the point that you aren’t at risk of ketosis, they don’t worry so much.

        I got drugs, too, but the only people who do are those at clinical risk. It makes me a bit cross that there are apparently several safe, long used drugs women in the US and Canada are freely given, while most Brits just have to suffer. I got the drugs, but I know plenty of people who felt really rough, and didn’t.

      • LAK says:

        @Kate – i think in many ways it’s a good thing that we aren’t medicated for every little thing as they do in the states. The prescription drug problems are getting out of hand.

        I am not a mother, so i am probably talking nonsense but i would assume that it is better not to risk drug intervention simply because the risk isn’t always apparent until much later eg those thalidomide drugs.

        ps:- you are all scaring me! i thought the birth was bad enough, now there is vomiting to this extent as well????!!!

  39. Isa says:

    I’m not Kate’s fan at all. Actually I think she will do LESS work (if any) during pregnancy because of her natural tendency NOT to work. Its funny how all the world is congratulating them for something that happen to millions of women around the world!

    • OrangeBlohan says:

      I’m sure all the other expectant parents get congratulated as well, just not in the media, because all of them aren’t known all over the world.

    • Raven says:

      She’s sick. You won’t even give her a break when she’s in the hospital? Looks like the Christmas Grinch has some serious competition this year.

    • Merritt says:

      Good grief, she is in the hospital. HG is quite serious. I hope that her high profile will bring more attention to it. Pregnancy is so often treated like cake walk by the media and public. There needs to be more attention paid to health problems that arise in pregnancy.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I agree. I had people scoffing at how horrendous my pregnancy with my son was. Then I had 3 days in labour and never really found it problematic – birthed a 9 pounder with only Entonox and a waterpool – and suddenly people shut up about my being a wimp! I’m really glad I was lucky enough to never be in that much pain, because it vindicated me in my own eyes as well as other people’s. I liked giving birth. Pregnancy was horrific. Yet I’d always assumed it would be fine – the old, “I’m pregnant, not ill!” Yeah. I was pregnant AND ill!

        Having said that, I quite like Kate, and I am still heartily fed up with the level of coverage already. It’ll be as bad as the wedding, only with longer for the press to speculate during the wait, and no end after the event itself.

  40. Feebee says:

    Congrats to the couple. I wonder if this will having a bearing on Wills’ decision to stay military or full time Prince?

  41. Minxx says:

    I think she’s probably only 8 weeks along, morning sickness strikes around that time and they had to announce the pregnancy to explain her hospitalization. I hope it’s not too severe, my friend had it and it was awful, she lost tons of weight and couldn’t keep anything down.

    • Emily says:

      My mother had “morning sickness” from two weeks pregnant until about two weeks before she gave birth. She suspected pregnancy, not because she missed a period, which wasn’t even due yet, but because she couldn’t stop throwing up constantly.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      I started to feel sick at 4 weeks – 2 weeks after conception (pregnancy is dated from the 1st day of your last period, with conception assumed to happen 2 weeks after that). And it can apparently happen within a week of conception. hCG levels affect different people so variably. I think she may well be 6 weeks, or even less.

      • DuckyGirl says:

        The one good thing about nine months of morning/all day sickness is the pain of birth is a pleasure in comparison ! My mother could tell by the difference in my voice over the phone that I had given birth!

      • Kate says:

        See, I was really lucky, it wore off for me at 5 months. Only by then I had appalling SPD… but the comfort eating ability was bliss!

        There are some foods I still can’t eat, though. And I remember once throwing up because someone had an old plastic tub for nails, and it was for coleslaw. The thought alone was enough.

  42. ramona says:

    Absolutely delighted. I love the Royal family, and it’s going to be so much fun to watch a new little Prince or Princess grow up. Plus, if she’s about 10 weeks now, that means she’ll be due sometime in the summer, right? Extra Bank Holiday, maybe???

  43. Suze says:

    Well, congratulations! I’m sure everyone is beyond thrilled in both families.

    Kaiser, the BBC is saying that she is in the very early stages and hasn’t passed the 12 week mark yet. The also confirmed that the announcement came about because of the hospitalization.

    “Very early” probably means significantly less than 12 weeks.

  44. Suze says:

    I guess the good part of it being very early on is that there is a real possibility of the child being born on Diana’s birthday, which would cause a frenzy, particularly if it’s a girl.

    I hope they bring her condition under control. It sounds serious and unpleasant.

  45. Merritt says:

    Congrats to them!

    Personally, I would like for the baby to be a Princess.

    • bluhare says:

      I should be less lazy and have looked this up already, but I read that the baby will be a Prince if a boy, and Lady SoandSo if a girl. I just don’t get royal titling.

      • LAK says:

        Royal titling can be a headache inducer…if you care for such things.

        According to the 1917 letters patent, only their first born son will be Prince. Only When HM dies and they get promoted upwards will all the other kids also be promoted to full Prince(ss)dom. Otherwise they will all be Lord/Lady. The letters don’t have scope for females or several generations of Heirs. So the Queen will have to flex her rarely used monarch muscle and change that.

      • lady X says:

        Actually that is not correct .. any baby born to a male heir carries the title H.R.H Princess …. If Kate was H.M granddaughter and not William then if they had a baby girl it would not carry H.R.H or princess… That is why Princess Eugenie and Beatrice are Princess and Princess Margaret’s daughter is Lady …. It has nothing to do with whether H.M is alive or not

  46. AnnieNades says:

    I have suffered from HG through 3 pregnancies – and lost them all. It is a fate I would wish on no one. Vomiting 24/7, hospitalized on an IV with NO solid foods. It is not just “extreme morning sickness” – it feels like severe food poisoning constantly.

    I feel awful for her. Even while on IV, you dry heave almost non-stop. You are too sick, tired and weak to shower or move much.

    It’s a nightmare. I hope she makes it through okay.

    • AnnieNades says:

      And HG can start as early as 5 weeks pregnant. The last time I had it, it started before I had a positive pregnancy test, but I obviously knew I was pregnant.

      She could be very, very early on.

    • bluhare says:

      That’s just awful, Annie. Let’s hope Kate isn’t as badly off as you were.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      I’m so very sorry for your losses. I had a very difficult pregnancy with my son (HG the first months, and then as I was lucky enough for that to settle down, in later pregnancy SPD/PGP), and we recently lost our second after 4 years of trying to an ectopic, so while I don’t know the full scale of what you have been through, I have a glimpse, and I don’t think anything is more painful.

      I am so very, very sorry.

    • Emily says:

      I am so sorry for your losses. Thank goodness you made it through. Nausea on that scale during pregnancy can be deadly.

    • eileen says:

      Annie: I am so sorry! I was there and came VERY close to losing my daughter. By the time I crawled into the hospital I had lost 20lbs and they said it was a miracle I hadn’t lost the baby. So many people do NOT understand HG and how horrible it is. I had the remarks “Oh Jesus its JUST morning sickness!” All while I’m just dry heaving for hours and can’t even hold down water. Brushing teeth made me sick for hours too. The attitudes like that around me made me think i must be a major wimp and didn’t get help when I should have and it was almost too late.
      I truly hope you can make it through. I can’t imagine how devestating it is.

    • Ginger says:

      I’m sorry for your losses. Some women sail through pregnancy and others have the most difficult time. I had two miscarriages and barely made it through my pregnancy with my son. Both of us nearly died. I had a friend who was pregnant before me with HG. I watched how much she suffered until she finally gave birth. You are right that most people still don’t understand how precarious pregnancy can be even with modern medicine.

  47. Elly says:

    Jessica Hay was right… interesting.

  48. Raven says:

    They announced the pregnancy because she had to go to the hospital. They knew there would be a lot of questions about why she was there. This has been on the news. She is likely not through the first trimester or they would have announced it earlier.

  49. kay says:

    oh gods, good luck to her. i spent 3/4 of my second pregnancy in and out of hospital, on a permanent i.v. (carried the pump in a fanny pack…no pun) and on liquid food for the last 3 months (which was a great improvement on the prior months when i basically could only eat after 24 hours in hospital). the kid was ok, and ultimately worth the hellish 8 months, but i would not wish hyperemisis on my worst enemy. i still start to shake if anyone comes near me with a needle or i.v., and my son is 5 years old now. :(

  50. Katie Too says:

    Wait, it IS still possible that we can get a ginger right? Seems it’s quite likely William has the recessive gene, but, the question is, does Kate?

    Mwahahahaha, there will be such fun conjecture if it’s a ginger. Plus, the whole souls thing.

  51. asdfg says:

    I read somewhere that the prince had accepted a baby gift from a fan and I kind of figured there would be a baby announcement soon! Congrats to them! :)

  52. Elo says:

    Aww this makes me happy! I am her age and about 3 months along with my first. Can’t wait to see her maternity style as I am becoming clueless on what to wear. Luckily, unlike her I haven’t been sick even once!

    • Janet says:

      Congratulations! I was like you and and had no morning sickness at all. Enjoy every day of your pregnancy. Mine was the best nine months I ever spent.

      As for maternity styles, wear whatever’s comfortable. I saved a lot of money on maternity clothes wearing hand-me-downs from a friend who already had two babies.

  53. Angelic 20 says:

    I am not going to be a cynic and after reading everyone’a experience I really hope she recovers and congratulations to both of them. Now I am not going to read dm until this child’s birth.

  54. The Original Victoria says:

    I can’t believe L&S got it right. This time.

    But a broken clock is right twice a day.

    Anyway this is so exciting. It’s so sad hat Di couldn’t be there in person to see her first grandchild, but I know she’s there in spirit.

    Well, Waity has finally done her job and I hope this helps her image a bit more. Do people still think she’s useless? I haven’t been keeping up.

  55. BLOGAHOLIC says:

    Harry must be jumping for joy, this baby takes the heat off him.

  56. Hmmm says:

    I am sure Wills got by by lying back and thinking of England. It is, after all, his duty.

  57. Emily says:

    Wait a bloody minute.

    This is not happy happy joy joy time. Luckily, Kate’s got the best medical care the world offers, but this is a thing women die from. The media has trained us to think pregnancy is always a joyful thing and tee-hee isn’t it so funny that women barf during it. But it still kills women, and destroys women’s health even more often — less in Great Britain than the U.S., but it happens, and it’s not nearly as rare as people think, not even among the richest, most-privileged women.

    Morning sickness is not funny. Nausea on this scale during pregnancy is hell, and while there are some treatments, there is no cure, and the treatments very often don’t work. Kate’s life is in danger here. And I fear that, given her position, abortion will not be an option even if it is the best thing for saving her health and even life. This is actually seriously bad news.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      You don’t die from HG in the UK in 2012. You may be hospitalised and on a drip and medication, but you don’t die from it anymore.

      I’ve had it, and yes it’s horrible, and I could not be more sympathetic. I also agree that people’s awareness that pregnancy can be horrendous for some women is welcome. But she does at least have the privilege of a private hospital, treating less than 60 patients in great luxury. They also have the money to have her nursed at home, if necessary as her pregnancy progresses. A drip and a qualified nurse 24/7 isn’t exactly outside their budget. It is outside almost everyone else’s. Being in hospital for any length of time is horrible.

      I hear what you’re saying, but she isn’t in any danger – and yes, if her life was threatened, of course they’d terminate the pregnancy. That’s a no-brainer in this country; there’s no debate on that at all. But HG isn’t fatal if you are properly treated for it. I feel a lot sorrier for women having to patch childcare together for their other kids, in a crowded NHS ward, on statutory sickness pay. She’ll feel miserable and I sympathise, but of all the women with HG in the country tonight, she’s the luckiest.

  58. Ginger says:

    Oh I can’t wait!! I remember when William and Harry were born now another little royal!! How time flies!! I feel for Kate..morning sickness is horrible.

  59. Andrea says:

    I was thinking maybe because of her slightly fuller face, but I still was iffy about it. Am I the only one who is excited to see preggo Kate and no more of anorexia Kate? BTW, can I marry Harry now that the pressure is off of him? :P

  60. Zombie Shortcake says:

    OMG that header pic is hilarious. But what wonderful news! And how nice for them that now they’ll have a legitimate reason for how little work they do. They’ll be raising their kid! I bet RAF is happy that he’s most likely on the way out and they won’t be having to accommodate his busy holiday schedule anymore.

  61. Belle says:

    I’m really not much of a Kate fan… but as I posted above, I had two really sick pregnancies of my own, and I sincerely wish her the best and hope they are able to get her HG under control.

  62. Apsutter says:

    Yay! Congrats to the happy couple! We were all right about a Christmas baby announcement. Side note-her morning sickness reminds me of one of my dear friends during her pregnancy. She actually is tall and slim and looks a bit like Kate and she was so sick during her entire pregnancy. She had to stay in the hospital for quite a while with an iv, the poor thing. I hope Kate doesn’t have a rough pregnancy like that.

  63. Heather M says:

    I knew she was pregnant when she cut her hair. That was a blatantly obvious attempt to detract attention from bump watch. I doubt that she is too far along because I think that they were not planning to tell us for awhile, which is why she cut her hair (so we would spend weeks discussing that, instead of noticing her fuller figure). However, they were forced to report it when she checked into the hospital. I bet she is a bit miffed that she cut her hair for what turned out to be only a few days of distraction!

  64. Meerkat says:

    Woman is pregnant! World goes insane! Forget Syria, Palestine, Egypt, global warming, war against women…

    And let’s just focus on this vacuous woman and her effing hair.

    • bluhare says:

      It’s good news for a change. It doesn’t mean no one cares about the rest of the world.

      Can’t we be happy for even one day?

    • not a royal fan says:

      I have a problem with all this. She gets pregnant and is in the hospital. Does someone not get what I’m seeing??? This woman is so so soooo utterly – how do i say this – pompous??? – “William… I feel a bit sick…” (Down she goes on her back – again…) Like is she the first person on the planet to give birth…

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I’m not royal. I was in hospital with the same condition. If you can’t even keep fluids down, you need a drip and medication. Without them, you can die – it was what killed Charlotte Bronte, in fact. I respect that people don’t like the woman, but she’s as entitled to good care in pregnancy as anyone else.

        hCG is a respecter of nobody’s class. Or guts – she’ll have been puking hers out with it.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s a serious condition, women can become severely dehydrated which is dangerous to both the mum-to-be and the unborn baby.

        Interestingly, it is often caused by “nutritional issues” so her low body weight may be a contributing factor:

        “Doctors aren’t sure what causes it but suspect it could be linked to hormonal changes or nutritional problems.

        Women admitted to the hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum are usually treated with nutritional supplements and given fluids intravenously to treat dehydration. Dr. Dagni Rajasingam, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said most women hospitalized with the condition are discharged within several days.”

      • not a royal fan says:

        I take it you were playing hockey the weekend before as well. I had five kids and i survived. My grandmother had 18 kids and she survived… so did many many MANY others… And yes I couldn’t keep fluids down… BUT I SURVIVED. And yes you’re right about hospital care – FOR EVERYONE… not sixteen hours in the emergency room and a few pills after getting your bustle hustled out the door… which brings me to wonder, who was pushed back in the emergency waiting room while a team of doctors went to her beck and call…???

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I was hospitalised at 5 weeks, after starting to feel a bit unwell but keeping on at work at 4 weeks, yes. That’s what HG is like, as several others have explained. Your hCG levels double daily in early pregnancy (if they don’t, that’s a big red flag you may have something wrong) so a week makes a massive difference in the very early stages.

        I’m delighted that you have such a great gynae history. My own first pregnancy I had both HG and SPD (they’re hormone related, but the OB said getting both was horribly bad luck), followed by an ectopic pregnancy with my second. I’d be dead without good care. In this case, she’s in a swanky private hospital so she hasn’t needed to jump any A&E queues, but in my case, I was seen by the triage nurse in both instances: with the HG I was sent straight up to the Early Pregnancy Unit, and with the ectopic I was blue lighted to the specialist OB/GYN surgical ward in the neighbouring town. They only waited long enough to fit a cannula in both instances. The NHs never messes around with A&E for pregnant women, in my experience – you go straight to the specialist departments. Again, not relevant here as she’s been privately treated, but given our care is given on a clinical needs basis I hope you’re not saying it’s wrong I was treated that swiftly?

        I’m really grateful to live in a developed world nation with a public health service. I would be dead if I’d been born into less fortunate circumstances in a lot of the world today, and every woman with an ectopic that ruptured, or HG that led to chronic dehydration, died until a century ago. That’s a pretty sobering thought. Especially looking at my little boy and thinking he could have been left without a mother before he even started school, you know?

        Personally I think we’ll have a republic before this kid’s anywhere close to inheriting. And I can’t say I think that’s a bad thing. But HG is a big deal, believe me.

      • Michelle says:

        I remember that I had a super active weekend, including going to the gym and going tobogganing with my niece and nephew and then Monday morning, I was on knees praying to die and I stayed like that for the rest of my pregnancy. It did hit, just like that. I lost 13 lbs in my first trimester and that was with good drugs. It was the most Hellish experiecne and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone–especially someone in the public eye.

      • not a royal fan says:

        A private hospital at whose expense? the tax payers? And no they don’t have to answer to me but they do have to answer to the taxpayers in Britain and abroad seeing as my paycheck today will cover some of their expenses tomorrow.

        It’s the hyena’s drama queen lifestyle. It’s her maniacal grin.

        At any rate, unless you’re the Doctor in the room, you’re not going to know the true true tale. Unless you’re in the hospital room, you’re not going to know what’s going down. And unless, you’re the Lord himself, you’re not going to read her heart. Truthfully, I personally can’t say she does or doesn’t have a severe case. But considering they were on HOLIDAY when they claimed to have other engagement during the Crumpet-gage scandal, makes you think twice about anything they do. Again I’m not saying she’s not pregnant. There was a big to-do about their lack of support at the para-Olympics. She also made a shrine out of her wedding gown – the Queen didn’t authorize that… It’s all about endearing her to the public and using an unborn baby to get there that has me…It’s political propaganda to continue the Monarchy…that poor baby, already a pawn.

        have a nicer day. and sorry to hear about your health.

    • original almond says:

      You’d think they’ve just announced the coming of the next Elizabeth the 1st.

    • Belle says:

      This isn’t exactly a site where ‘world issues’ are discussed.

    • GoodCapon says:

      Didn’t you know, that baby is gonna save the world!!!

  65. Sam x says:

    Congratulations to Kate & William! :) I hope she gets better and has a happy & healthy pregnancy…shitty thing is the press will be on baby bump watch but the royals and hubby will definitely look after her.

  66. JessCar says:

    She isnt yet twelve weeks, but they havent announced how far along she is…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/03/duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-expecting-baby?intcmp=122

    Also if it was twins and the girl came first she would be oldest and therefore be queen – David Cameron announced the change in law today (i think).

    • LAK says:

      it isn’t law just yet.

      It was agreed in principal, but all 16 realms need to make it law, and most are still debating it.

      It’s not as simple as many of the papers are making it out to be.

      William Hague had this to say about it today:

      “They [the other countries] didn’t object but they all have their different legislative procedures and in some countries, because they have to change the constitution, other people can suggest other changes to the constitution. It’s not as straightforward as it looks but clearly this has to be done quickly.”

  67. charlie says:

    It’s exciting news for millions of people; even many of the cynics are happy. Still, I can’t quite quell my inner cynic. A part of me can’t help but think, “Well played, Waity. This hospitalization all but guarantees you won’t have to do any charitable work for the next nine or ten months.”

    Okay, just had to get that off my chest. Go back to being ecstatic, everyone. And congratulations to the Dolittles!

  68. mimi says:

    Is she 31 years old? Does it mean she will become a mother at 32 years old?

    That’s actually nice that she is probably more mature and knows herself and perhaps be a better mother for that.

  69. princesslizabeth says:

    Thought so!

    Congrats to the whole family!

  70. Laura says:

    This article does make me a bit sad for them:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/03/duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-expecting-baby?intcmp=122

    I know that they’re public figures and having a baby is her “job,” but it sounds like they were “forced” to come out with this news much sooner than they would have liked. The Queen and Prince Charles only found out about the pregnancy early today.

    Pregnancy can be so crazy and is so emotional without having the whole world watching your waistline and every move; I do not envy Kate in that respect. I know that she “signed up for this,” but I just hope everything continues to go well for her and Will.

    • LAK says:

      i think in her case, she made the rod for her own back as far as baby talk.

      Technically, there is no rule book as to what her job description should be. ditto all the other titles except Monarch. They all have to create their own jobs, make their own titles prestigious enough so people can see the value as Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward are doing to various levels of success. Harry is very much on the way to creating a stellar job description for his position.

      Kate hasn’t done anything in the past 2 years to create her own job description so we fall back on the archaic traditional roles that women in her position would have been needed for AKA womb for rent. And the longer she holds out on creating that niche, the more she is reduced to that and nothing more.

      And it doesn’t help that she is burdened with comparisons with a dead MIL who refused to be just a womb for rent and instead created a really outstanding role for herself.

      • BeccaZ says:

        Good point. I hope by the time Charles becomes King, Kate will have created a true niche for herself. I have my doubts thought. Unfortunately, she didn’t come into the marriage having lived a dimensional life.

        But best of luck with the baby. She has the best medical care possible, and I hope it all goes well (as possible, after reading about people’s experiences here).

  71. Stubbylove says:

    Congratulations to the couple – this is exciting news!

  72. Jan says:

    HG is one of the few remaining life-threatening complications of modern pregnancy (along with HELLP, or pre-ecclampsia). Yes, even in the UK in 2012, women have terminations to save their lives in the worst cases of HG. As a general rule of thumb, the earlier it starts, the more severe it will be. If she is already in hospital, this is no joke. She may very well lose the baby.

    HG often increases in severity with each subsequent pregnancy. This may be the end of their “two child” dreams as well.

    I cannot overstate how serious it is that she is already receiving hospital treatment this early in the game. HG is one of the few reasons that women can be strongly recommended (by their medical teams) to have abortions to save their own lives. It is often allowed even in countries that do not otherwise allow abortion, because if it’s severe enough, it will kill you both.

    I hope for her sake that she makes it through this with a healthy baby to show for it, because another pregnancy may literally not be an option for them.

    • Michelle says:

      I had severe morning sickness (it was never labelled HG, but I also didn’t have the greatest medical care) with my first, to the point of losing 13 lbs in the first trimester (and I’ve never been heavy) even with diclectin and my second pregnancy has been a breeze, very little sickness at all to speak of.

    • Loira says:

      English novelist Charlotte Bronte died an awful death in 1855. Faint, exhausted and a slave to incessant nausea and vomiting for months, the fragile writer was unable to stomach food and water despite wearily trying to summon strength.
      Dehydrated and delirious, with no modern medicine to save her, Bronte died while four months’ pregnant from the effects of an illness still inflicting misery on pregnant women – hyperemesis gravidarum – excessive, persistent vomiting and nausea which can linger for an entire pregnancy. It drives some women to terminate.

      Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/what-is-acute-morning-sickness-20100602-wzuy.html#ixzz2E2p4U5Rt

      Poor girl (even if she is disliked by many, the vomiting must be hell). I hope they get to have a healthy baby.

    • jaye says:

      #1…we don’t know how far along she is. and #2…I’ve known women who were hospitalized with HG and on drips who survived their experiences and even went on to have more children. I think you need to maybe have a glass of wine and calm down.

  73. Kate (newer one) says:

    Best Daily Mail comment ever: someone suggested “Kong” for a boy.

  74. aquarius64 says:

    Congratulations your highnesses.

  75. skuddles says:

    Woo hoo, happy news! Congrats Wills and Kate!!

  76. DrM says:

    The duchess doesn’t have to work if she doesn’t wish to. PW has a job. It is her right and her choice to choose to what she does. She doesn’t owe anyone anything by virtue of marriage. I hope she gets better quickly.

  77. DrM says:

    The duchess doesn’t have to work if she doesn’t wish to. PW has a job. It is her right and her choice to choose what she does. She doesn’t owe anyone anything by virtue of marriage. I hope she gets better quickly.

    • Suze says:

      You sort of have it backward, by virtue of being the future Queen, she does owe her country a certain amount of service. She forfeited her right to do exactly as she chose when she married Prince William.

      But right now she has to focus on getting through her pregnancy, which by the sounds of it, is going to be a bit of a difficult ride. I hope for the best possible outcome.

    • Kate says:

      Sorry, but as a British tax payer I don’t agree. We subsidise them to the tune of millions, they live with extraordinary privilege, and the return is they are expected to live lives of public service. That’s the deal. If they don’t want it, all they need to do is stand aside.

      I’m not anti her at all. I think some people are really cruel concerning the woman. But she does not do that much, in all honesty.

      Having said that, I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy and I hope she is lucky, and this doesn’t last her whole pregnancy.

  78. Maria says:

    I fell sorry for her. Feeling sick 24/7 is no fun. She certainly can’t afford to lose very much weight. I hope things turn out ok for her and the baby.

  79. Janet says:

    Let us hope they have a baby girl and name her after William’s mother. Then when the baby grows up and succeeds to the throne she will be Queen Diana, and hoo-boy, won’t Grandma and Philip and Camilla turn flip-flops in their sarcophagi!

  80. Suzie_Q says:

    Congrats to them both! I wonder if any of Harry or Will’s kids will resemble Diana.

  81. Katie says:

    I’d like to place my bet now for twins.

  82. bettyrose says:

    YAAAAY! I posted on some threads this morning but this one didn’t open until I was already at work, so I’m way behind. First, finally!! Second, twins would be so cool. I hope they’re both girls, but it would be interesting if she’s carrying both genders to see the speculation on which one is born first – especially if she ends up having a C-Section with fraternal twins. Then, would the doctor really be the one to decide who is “born” first? This is the coolest pregnancy ever.

  83. Amber says:

    I am so happy for them but so sad for Kate, I hope the HG gets better, poor thing.

  84. Amanda says:

    Congratulations to them! So sorry for her with the HG. I had it with both my pregnancies. It’s no joke! Not good for her especially since she’s so tiny already. I had some fat stored up that I could afford to lose lol.

  85. cruiz2 says:

    Yeah! I feel for Kate on the morning sickness – 3+ months of yuckiness with my daughter and the whole bed business. Boys not as bad. Perhaps it’s a girl! Twins would rock!

  86. not a royal fan says:

    Charles… well said… and no you don’t have to go puke in a bucket. You have a point on that end of things too. Seeing as she’s getting her royal tush lathered with sunscreen while on holiday when they claimed to have other engagements.

    I think you’re looking at the bigger picture of her working history not her pregnancy. I’m with you on that and most people I’ve come across that hear of her hospitialization are just groaning. Not that they’re being mean about the baby or the pregnancy but they’re fed up with her in general. Seriously.

  87. Maria says:

    The paper said this morning that PW might be granted a “compassionate leave”. Sorry but who’s pregnant?
    What’s happening with Prince Albert, he doesn’t want to wait too long.

  88. Onyx XV says:

    This actually does surprise me. She doesn’t strike me as the maternal type at all. Of course I know her personally, LOL. But seriously, I would have been much less surprised if they never had kids.

  89. Sam says:

    So happy for them, and i feel so bad for her and her illness. I have had nausea with my pregnancy, but nothing near what she is going through.
    Not to make light of it at all, but doesn’t Hyperemesis Gravidarum sound like something from Harry Potter?