Prince William visits his pregnant Kate in the hospital, Kate clears her schedule

Here are some new photos of Prince William leaving the King Edward VII hospital yesterday in London. These are the first pics of William since he and Kate announced her pregnancy, which, according to the super-official statement, is in the “very early stages.” According to sources, Duchess Kate got progressively worse over the weekend with her violent morning sickness, and she was checked into the London hospital Monday morning by her husband. I don’t know if William spent the day at her bedside, covered in her vom, or if he just stopped by for a quick visit or what. I’m guessing that the visit was substantial.

As the original statement said, “As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.” First, let’s parse the “very early stages” thing. In my post yesterday, I did assume that they were announcing while Kate was on the cusp of the end of her first trimester, but everyone keeps emphasizing the “very early stages” part, so I’m guessing that she’s probably not even two months along. The Mail says Kate and Will were hoping to make a Christmas announcement, which puts my timeline for the date of conception probably around early to mid-October at the earliest, wouldn’t you say? I’m doing the math… will it be a June baby? I think so.

A lot of people are saying that Hyperemesis Gravidarum is actually super-serious and that Kate is likely to be sick as dog for the whole nine months. In which case… huzzah! Kate has a perfectly good reason to cancel all of her engagements for the next year, right? See what I boon this pregnancy is for Kate? She has a perfectly legitimate and above-board reason for not working, and if anyone brings up her lack of work, they’ll be made to feel like a complete bitch (which is how I feel!). See, I can’t even get any joy out of pointing out her lack of work now. This baby thing is a genius PR move! So, obviously, Kate and Will’s office has already announced that Kate has canceled her next three public appearances. Here are more details:

Pregnant Kate Middleton is taking every precaution to make sure she and her baby-to-be are as healthy as possible — and that includes rearranging her royal schedule.

Hospitalized at King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, an acute form of morning sickness, Middleton — who confirmed her first pregnancy on Monday, Dec. 3 — has canceled three upcoming public appearances as she gets back on her feet.

A St. James’s Palace representative confirms to Us Weekly that Prince William’s wife, 30, will bow out of ICAP Charity Day in London (December 5), Winter Whites Gala in aid of Centrepoint (December 8) and the British Military Tournament at Earl’s Court, London (December 9), while she rests and recovers from her hospitalization, which is expected to last a few days.

While 70 to 80 percent of pregnant women experience some type of morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum afflicts between 0.03 and 0.1 percent of expectant mothers. The condition is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration, lightheadedness and fainting. Typical treatment methods include hydration, medication and bed rest.

[From Us Weekly]

The Mail also has a story chock full of juicy little pieces of gossip. According to their sources, Kate is “barely eight weeks along” and she and William hadn’t told the Queen before Monday – they were planning to tell the whole royal family over Christmas. Even Charles didn’t know before Monday! And neither did Harry – someone sent Harry an email a few hours before the news broke. The Mail says that Kate told her parents this weekend, when she was staying with them and when Kate got progressively more and more ill. William wasn’t there at first – he was at a “shooting party” with the boys somewhere else, but he came to check on her on Sunday. William drove her to the hospital himself, declining an offer of an ambulance, and Kate is said to have walked into the hospital herself.

And here’s my favorite sentence ever published in The Mail forever and ever: “Royal mothers are usually looked after by the Queen’s gynecologist – currently Alan Farthing, the former fiancé of murdered TV host Jill Dando.” ONLY IN ENGLAND. Only in England could you write a sentence that is so amazingly brilliant and hilarious. Poor Kate is going to have to see her grandmother-in-law’s gyno and he used to be engaged to a murdered TV hostess. Kate’s poor duchessy biscuit.

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  1. Sarah says:

    I am 4 weeks into my first pregnancy, just starting to feel nauseous, and so hoping this isn’t me in a few weeks. Poor bitch.

    • lilred says:

      Congrats Sarah,hope you feel better soon.

    • Seagulls says:

      Congrats! I had garden-variety nausea, albeit constantly and for six months: sugar free gum is your friend. Keeps nasty tastes down, keeps nasty smells covered to some extent, gives you something to concentrate on other than your desire to lie down and puke at the same time….

      • kimcheee says:

        Aspartame, Splenda, Neotame, Xylitol and other artificial sweeteners are NOT the friend of a developing fetus’s nervous system and brain. It may ease a pregnant woman’s nausea – - but it’s at the detriment of the fetus’s development. Don’t believe me – do your own research. It’s worth avoiding sugar-free anything while pregnant – imo.

      • Mel says:

        I don’t know why I can’t reply to Kimchee directly, but I can’t, so here’s the quote I wanted to reply to:

        “Aspartame, Splenda, Neotame, Xylitol and other artificial sweeteners are NOT the friend of a developing fetus’s nervous system and brain.”

        Artificial sweeteners of any kind are nobody’s friend!

        However, XYLITOL is not artificial – it is natural birch sugar, from the sap – and is actually one of the healthiest things you could possibly ingest, especially when teeth are in danger, as it is the case during pregnancy.
        It inhibits an enzyme that bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) need to digest sugars, which makes it the healthiest dental hygiene choice.

        This may be off-topic, but it is too important not to be pointed out, in my opinion.

      • ol cranky says:

        @Mel – xylitol is also good for your teeth

        it is, however, dangerous to dogs so keep it away from the pups :)

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks lilred and Seagulls – its quite difficult keeping a secret this exciting for another two months, nice to at least be able to gossip on the internet :)

    • Nicolette says:

      Congrats to you! Ginger Ale worked great for me in getting rid of the nausea.

    • Beatrice Sparkplug says:

      I’m just about to hit the end of the first trimester mark and am waiting for the nausea to abate (some say it does in the 2nd trimester). Saltines — a good, old-fashioned solution recommended by multiple generations — work wonders in soaking up stomach acids. Sour candies work too, but I have no idea why.

      • Sarah says:

        Oy. Folks, HG cannot be cured with saltines and ginger ale. Please understand that HG is not just a little nausea and morning sickness. It is nothing like the morning sickness that most women deal with. It often requires the woman to have a permanent port put in so she can carry an IV pump of anti-nausea meds 24/7. And feeding tubes can be necessary because it is literally the only way the HG sufferer can get any nutrients if she is unable to keep anything down.

      • Beatrice Sparkplug says:

        Uh, Sarah? Chill. The advice was for morning sickness — not cancer or HG.

      • CleaK says:

        I had awful but garden variety morning sickness for the first 20 weeks and Perrier was my friend. Ginger Ale and sprite were just too sweet and Perrier has the calming carbonation without the nausea inducing sweet. Also pretzels were my friend too. I hope this suggestion helps those of you who are hitting morning sickness phase.

      • Malificent says:

        The sour candies work because they increase the output of saliva, which is alkaline. The lower pH counteracts the increased acidity in the stomach that comes with the hormonal changes.

        The chews worked well for me too. And I also had good luck with ginger brew (most brands of ginger ale in the US don’t actually have much ginger in them anymore).

        Oddly enough, I was always fine in the morning. I’d get sick consistently from 10 AM to 6 PM. Fortunately, I wasn’t more than mildly nauseated most of the time. But I became known for carrying my “beer bottle” around the office.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        With my second, I survived off of Perrier splashed with a healthy dose of lemon juice and a dash of white wine (once I could keep anything down, at around 7 months).

        Whatever the reason, it worked for me. Which was nice, because I generally cannot stand ginger.

    • aud says:

      Congrats! I’m 23 weeks and just stopped puking 3 weeks ago. Fingers crossed that it lasts.

      Altoids helped me a lot. They’re great. Along with ginger ale.

      Now I’ve hit the heartburn stage. Yayyy lol

  2. brin says:

    “Kate clears her schedule”…lol, good one!

  3. India says:

    Well all I can say is that I am glad she is pregnant. I was so sick of all the speculation. Congrats Will and Waity. I hope it is a girl and they name her Diana. Here’s to the future Queen Diana!!!

  4. ANGELIC 20 says:

    dm has gone crazy and it’s only been a single day . if tabloids keep on going like this people will get tired of reading about them and the baby. i am with you although even i feel a little sorry for her for the very first time after reading other women’s comments about their experience . i hope she gets better and i don’t mind her working as well if she really is that sick.

    • T.C. says:

      It’s going to be like the first pregnancy ever in history. Minute by minute play. I’m already sick of it. Couldn’t watch one news program yesterday where this pregnancy was mentioned. Middle East war? Hold on I think Kate Middleton just threw up stop the presses.

      • TracyG says:

        I’m sure she would much rather NOT have them reporting about her morning sickness!! But unfortunately not much she can do about it is there?!? She had to announce her pregnancy or others would have leaked it at the hospital. Most people don’t like to say anything untill over the 3 month mark. I actually feel sorry for her…

  5. Apsutter says:

    Wills always looks best when he’s wearing business casual instead of suits. What’s up with his hair lately? It was looking a lot fuller during their tour in September & now it looks as thin as ever.

    • MrsAtaxxia says:

      He could have been taking one of those prescription hair loss things that affect pregnant women, so when they started trying he had to stop, since they can cause birth defects (I think propecia is the most common), hence the magically changing hairline.

    • Esmom says:

      I’m guessing was using Rogaine and decided to stop. The hair loss after stopping it is super fast. I think he should consider shaving it all off one of these days.

      It seems ironic that Kate’s hair seems so much fuller now, lol. Too bad he can’t benefit from some of those pregnancy hormones, too!

  6. Rhea says:

    Congrats for the them!!! Now brace ourselves for the next nine months for every bit of “news” regarding the royal pregnancy and the royal baby after that. :)

  7. Eleonor says:

    Giving birth to a royal heir was her “job”, and she has accomplished it. I think they had to announce because of her sickness and hospitalization, not because they wanted to.
    As I’ve just said yesterday I wish her an healthy pregnancy.

  8. Enny says:

    I really feel for her. I had hyperemesis with my first and, yes, she has a long, LONG 9 months ahead of her.

    • Skipper says:

      Yeah. It’s mean to say that she benefits from this. It’s pretty serious I understand.

      • Yamayama says:

        I was disturbed (but not surprised) by Kaiser’s careless comments about Kate having Hyperemesis Gravidarum and how her pregnancy is a “boon” for her to get out of working duties… unbelievable. Kaiser continues to annoy me with her stupid posts.

    • TQB says:

      Yes, unpleasant and I imagine, scary. All buttered poptarts aside, moms to be need to eat a lot to grow nice healthy babies. For most this is easy and delightful, but I’ve known others with hyperemesis and I had horrendous heartburn – I will never forget the midwife visit when I measured way too small and had lost a couple of pounds. I felt like a child abuser.

    • Nicole says:

      As someone who witness hyperemesis (my sister), I’m kinda irked by the lack of understanding how serious this is. Yes, Waity is lazy and would love to have time off. But I would bet my life right now she would trade the hyperemesis for working every day for 9 months or MORE! It is truly awful.

  9. GoodCapon says:

    I’ve read the comments on the previous article regarding HG and I don’t doubt its seriousness… BUT this is Kate we’re talking about. She’s always been treated like a special snowflake. There were pictures of her being admitted to the hospital smiling and looked like she didn’t need assistance. Maybe they just admitted her for precautionary measures?

    I do find it sad that the Queen/Prince Philip weren’t the first ones to know about the pregnancy while the likes of Niraj Tanna (royal photographer who’s on the Middletons’ payroll for a looong time) has known all along. He’s been posting cryptic tweets since November. It’s SICK!

    As for the baby… he/she is not going to get any rest from the press once Kate pops him/her out. The little one better enjoy 9 months of peace and quiet in Waity’s womb.

    • Suze says:

      I do find it a bit odd that the royal family weren’t going to be told until Christmas when it seems that hints have been dropped elsewhere.

      In most families, yeah, you might not tell your granny or maybe, even your husband’s parents, until later in the pregnancy, but this isn’t most families.

      I do think her illness is legit, though, and probably severe. I don’t think they would have checked her into hospital otherwise.

      • Apsutter says:

        I read that even her parents didnt know till this weekend when she became increasingly ill.

      • GoodCapon says:


        I think they planned to surprise the RF at Christmas with the news but due to unforeseen events they had to announce it this way.

        I think the Middletons knew all along cuz how else was Tanna supposed to know? I remember once when Tanna was so p*ssed off with the Middletons on Twitter – maybe they stopped tipping him off – that he basically said something like “One day, I’ll tell everyone what I know.” and the next thing you know,he’s back in their good graces again :D

    • Naye in VA says:

      It hits off and on the same way regular morning sickness does. Sometimes you feel great and can go get some Chipotle, then two hours later you have peppers coming out of your nose. I wanted to call the hospital so many times but I figured I would be miserable there too. Your chest hurts, it hurts to breathe, none of the nausea tricks work, you end up throwing up just the bile after a while. I lost 22 lbs my first 5 months. They gave me some pills but i didnt like the way they made me feel (i wasnt taking any other medications anyway) So I went the “natural” route until mos 7 when it died down

      • JMH says:

        I had Hyperemesis from week 3 of my pregnancy all the way to the c-section table at 36 weeks. (No joke… I threw up three times during my c-section). HG can be extremely serious. I was one of the worst cases my doc had ever seen. Lost 23 lbs in the second trimester alone and had to have a PICC line put in so I could be on an IV pump 24/7 with Zofran and fluids for 6 out of my 9 months because most days it was a struggle to keep down water. I was on home health for months and often had to go to the hospital to get rehydrated or monitored.

        With HG, you puke until there is nothing left and then you dry heave. I am happy to have my son, but was 9 months of hell that I don’t ever want to go through again. I am glad she’s being treated early, but I would not wish HG on anyone. Do not judge until you’ve been there.

    • mln76 says:

      I dont find it odd that people who spend everyday with her knew she was pregnant first. She may not have even told them formally but they would notice her not smoking/drinking and put two and two together.
      Oh and since the baby was probably scheduled to be concieved after the Olympics the people around her would be looking for signs. Also its the only thing the girl HAS to do.

      • Suze says:

        Who are these people spending every day with her? The servants? Their friends and her family are unlikely to see her daily.

        And, more important, why would anyone in their employ feel comfortable dropping very accurate hints – including how far along she was – about this pregnancy to the media?

        After all, this is supposed to be a fabulously private couple who have their private lives locked down tight. William was notorious for cutting out people he thought talked about him. And their PR is supposed to run through their office at St. James.

        There is a weird leak in their circle somewhere.

      • mln76 says:

        Well the person who was dropping all these hints apparantly was the photographer so one would assume he would notice physical changes and suspected.

      • Suze says:

        You’re right, Min. It was a photographer.

        I didn’t mean to lecture you. I obviously think about this stuff too much! LOL.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      I’m kind of curious about the photos of her being admitted, because I’ve not seen any in the UK press (possibly for privacy reasons as it was prior to the announcement and they aren’t meant to show that stuff) – can you link, please?

  10. emmie_a says:

    Geez all this speculation about her pregnancy / health / schedule / future and all you have is a few sentences about her condition. It’s not set in stone that she is going to be deathly ill for the next nine months but… She didn’t have a busy schedule before this; She’s not going to have a busy schedule after this.

    • Belle says:

      I tend to agree that she is not necessarily doomed to a very difficult pregnancy. While I am very sympathetic because of my own pregnancy experiences, I do think that it is possible that she might have been struck with really nasty morning sickness… and not necessarily HG. The diagnoses does give her some cover… if there was any concern that people might question her need to be hospitalized for ‘morning sickness’. I’m not suggesting that this is the case, but it *is* possible to have horrible morning sickness (and by this, I mean 24/7 sickness with pregnancy) that requires treatment with IV fluids and medication, but is not HG. There are varying degrees of regular morning sickness… just as there are with HG. In fact, I think the diagnoses often depends on the doctor.

      • Belle says:

        To add to my thoughts above… something I had forgotten about until speaking with a friend this morning, who was very sick early in her first pregnancy. She was missing a lot of work, and the company she worked for wasn’t very happy. They wanted a letter from her doctor. Her doctor happily obliged, and in the letter said she had HG, though he had never mentioned this to her. She was very ill… had been in for IV fluids, and was taking medication. She did improve after the first trimester, and was able to go off the medication at about 5 months.

        My point… she had horrible morning sickness which left her dehydrated and required fluids and medication. She could barely get out of bed during that time. Did she have HG? My friend said that she thinks she probably just had really nasty morning sickness… and that her doctor stretched to the HG diagnoses because that was more likely to satisfy her employer than just ‘morning sickness’.

  11. Jessie says:

    I had hyperemisis with my last pregnancy and lost thirteen lbs in the first 12 weeks. I had to be put on a drip at one point. It got a bit better as the pregnancy progressed but I always felt sea sick. I was actually thankful my son was born three weeks early, and shocked he was as big as he was (8 lbs and 20.5 inches). I wish her all the luck in the world, it’s not fun being sick all that time!

  12. SB says:

    I had HG with all 3 of my pregnancies & it’s miserable. Even taking high doses of the antiemitic Zofran, I lost 17 lbs by week 10 when I miscarried with my 1st (dehydration may have been a factor) then 33 lbs & 13 lbs respectively with my 2nd & 3rd.
    It didn’t for me, but most often it ends by the end of the 1st trimester. Hopefully that is the case for Waity. Heaven knows she was probably distraught canceling her engagements. ;)

  13. lalala says:

    If she indeed does have severe vomiting with this royal baby, nine months of retching into a toilet will probably be the hardest work she will ever do in her life! I have my suspicions as to whether or not this is actually a cover story … she actually looks to have gained a bit of weight, and she didn’t look the least bit ill while she was running around on the field hockey pitch last weekend.

    I just had normal nausea during my first three months of pregnancy, granted it lasted all day … but everyone could tell because I was literally green in the face and lost weight. I can’t imagine how she looked so chipper as she waltzed into the hospital.

    Here’s a theory, kind of far out, but who knows: What if she isn’t pregnant yet? What if this is just a guise to get everyone to stop calling her infertile? The only thing we know is that she is super far along … which could be 4 – 10 weeks or so. If she gets pregnant in the next month, no one will be the wiser, but if she doesn’t, they could easily write it off to a miscarriage. What if she is actually in the hospital for in vitro? This could also explain the weight gain to date …

    Anyway, if she is pregnant, I wish her the best! If not, I hope she enjoys herself while trying!

    • Liv says:

      Would you like to explain to the whole world that you have miscarried? Even if it’s a lie? I doubt that.

      • lalala says:

        I know – it is pretty far out. Not saying I even believe it 100% … I just smell something fishy going on!

        But a miscarriage is easier to explain than infertility and in vitro … imagine the controversy if future king/queen of England was conceived via modern methods. That would take all the chance out of it, as with in vitro, numerous eggs are fertilized and only a few are implanted … so a scientist would have his hand in choosing the future heir to the throne!

        I’m just being silly, obviously, and if the story is indeed true, which it probably is, I wish her all the best in this very exciting time. I hope she feels better too … and that the pregnancy improves for her.

      • Red32 says:

        Lalala, being infertile is no more shameful than having cancer or arthritis. And those “scientists” are looking at blastocysts AKA clumps of cells. They’re not choosing anything except the healthiest ones.

      • lalala says:

        Red 32: I by no means meant to imply that infertility is shameful! I was just saying that the first pass at anything is more difficult – including modern conception methods of babies in inherited positions of power. In this case, it may be controversial because so much tradition is associated with producing an heir to the English throne.

        I just meant to point out that if this baby was conceived by modern methods there would be numerous factors applied to the selection of the zygote which would eventually become the heir to the English throne. It wouldn’t be pure chance, as it has been (at least as far as we know) throughout history.

        I do believe that chances are high that Kate just has a bad case of nausea resulting from her perfectly naturally conceived pregnancy – I just find it difficult to understand why the palace announced the pregnancy so early. They could easily have written her hospital stay to a variety of other issues and just waved off the rumours as simply rumours. Anyway – time will tell. I hope that she will have a a healthy pregnancy.

      • Liv says:

        In this case I think she really is pregnant, but you are right, there’s usually a lot more going on behind closed doors than we know.

        An interesting question is: what would they do if they actually couldn’t get children? I can’t imagine them having a surrogate or adopting kids.

      • kimcheee says:

        What if it’s even weirder? What if she was drugged to be ill and they’re going to artificially implant a CLONED fetus in her womb? What if she is destined to give birth to an Egyptian pharoh, a Roman or an alien hybrid that will one day rule the world? LOL. Akhenanten: Is Barack Obama a Clone? :D I’d be scared if I was Waity. She signed up to be a breeding mare – like Diana. Good Luck, Waity.

      • lady X says:

        Well before any royal heir apparent gets married the wife is checked to make sure she can reproduce … this has been done for centuries .. they even use to check to make sure she was a virgin so that they were sure the baby was of royal blood since there were no DNA exams … She is very fertile or I do not care how much he loved her he would not have been allowed to marry her… adoption and surrogacy is out of the question .. Royals are very Religious and strict when it comes to that

      • Jessica says:

        @lady X: Will surprised his family with the engagement just hours before they went public with it. They did not have time to test her for fertility. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        Plus, she lost a ton of weight AFTER the engagement (when they would have tested her, if they did indeed get to do that), and severe weight loss can be a factor in fertility. So it would be possible for her to test as fertile and then not be fertile later on in life after an extreme weight loss/eating disorder.

    • m says:

      If she wasn’t preggers they would have just said that she has a really bad case of the flu, just like they could have done. That Rebecca girl said a baby would be announced on December third and it happened. Someone leaked something.

    • mln76 says:

      There is no need to go to hospital for in vitro especially since she has the means to have a nurse for any injections.

      • kimcheee says:

        What if it’s being done against her will and without her knowledge? Maybe Wills understands the reasons….maybe he’s clueless. Imagine all the mind control experiments of the world – and marrying into the family that runs them. augh!!!!!! o_O

    • Amelia says:

      I’m sorry, Lalala, but Wills/Waity’s kid will not be the heir to the English throne!
      The child will be the heir to the *United Kingdom*. Meaning England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland! Each country has a very distinct national identity, but we collectively come together to form the UK or Great Britian (the terms are used interchangeably, although I think GB is mostly used for sporting events).
      It’s quite funny really. 90% of the time, we’re referred to as Brits by the rest of the world, but whenever it’s in reference to the Royal Family, it’s always England on its own.
      *steps off soapbox*

      • lalala says:


        I do have a general idea how the monarchy works, just had a slip of the mind. I just associate England with the monarchs more readily, as that is where they live.

        Also, I’m from Canada which is part of the Commonwealth constitution – including Australia,the Bahamas and a variety of other places.

        This baby won’t just be the heir to the UK monarchy, it will be the heir to the entire Commonwealth!

      • bluhare says:

        Amelia, have you ever thought of renting out the bunker to those of us who need a break from the unrelenting Royal Baby 2013 coverage?

      • Amelia says:

        Never fear, Bluhare, the bunker is open for business as and when CB users need it :)
        I’ll just finish ordering stock.
        What with Swifty’s next victim – *AHEM* boyfriend picked out, a royal kid and what looks to be like more Crackshenanigans, we’re going to need a helluva lot of food.

  14. Katie Too says:

    She might have needed IV fluids if she couldn’t keep anything down, and then, of course, monitoring. Poor thing. Really do hope there’s some decent medication for her if it is more serious than common morning sickness. It’s been a relatively darned long time since thalidomide was used, but I’m guessing doctors and drug companies are still ultra-cautious after that debacle.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      It is morning sickness on steroids. If she has it (as rare as that is) we’re likely to not see many people visit her at all. Her sense of smell combined with the nausea will make matters worse for her. Even Williams or her mothers shampoos could trigger it.

      It’s horrible, severe and, rare. You shouldn’t feel like that during such a happy time. With that said if this is a pr move it is a good one and expected.

      And her weight gain was probably from quitting her (alleged) smoking.

  15. Cathy says:

    I hope she feels better soon. She doesn’t need to be losing any weight, she’s skinny enough as it is.

  16. ANGELIC 20 says:

    okay all these personal experiences are freaking me out about getting pregnant. i have decided to start trying next year but now after reading so many severe conditions i am so freaked out

    • berry says:

      This is one of the many reasons I’m not going to have a baby apart from the fact I don’t like them, but I do love children just not babies lol I just really don’t think I could put up with all the crap that comes along with being pregnant, also I have a fear of giving birth after watching a birthing video for sex ed when I was ten and I knew then I would never want to do that!

      • tmbg says:

        I never knew a thing about what pregnancy involved, but somehow at age 9, I automatically knew I never wanted a child. Not once have I wavered. My dolls were my cousins, not babies. Stuffed animals were way better than dolls anyway, except for Barbie, who was a grown-up in my eyes. I have spent my life trying to avoid much interaction with kids/babies because they make me nervous and exhaust me at the same time. Younger children gave me this reaction even when *I* was a kid. :P

        There have been a few exceptions like my really mature, poised niece (the girl continues to amaze me and she’s only 11), but not many. The niece is more mature than my 15 y/o cousin. It’s kind of startling.

      • Patricia says:

        Same here – never been interested in going through pregnancy/childbirth for a little one. God bless the women who do it, but not me. Thankfully I have the option to pass. I’d sooner adopt but even that sounds like a lot more than I’m interested in. If it were up to me, I’m afraid the human race would just have to end.

        Best of luck to her. Sounds like living hell.

    • LAK says:

      Angelic20,me too. Completely freaked out. I am already phobic about giving birth, but after reading yesterday’s thread and learning about HG, I am seriously going surrogate. No question.

      It’s kind of wierd that I am not squeamish about most things, but birth and pregnancy send me into a debilitating blind panic.

      The more information I find out, the bigger my phobia.

      No children out of this body,thank you.

      It’s irrational, but thank goodness for adoption.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        Nice to know I am not alone. I never saw a video of child birth,i got to see live show when I was 10 years old. My neighbour gave birth in my living room a and before my father woo doctor delivered the baby he asked me to get out of the room but as a ten years old the moment he asked me to leave the room but as a10 years old I got excited and sneaked in to watch her give birth,i still cringe every time I see him (the baby)or a pregnant woman. I will probably take my good daughter out on weekend and remind myself what will I get at the end of a pregnancy.

    • Gabrielle says:

      Angelic I’m with you 100%. My husband and I want to start trying but this story plays on my best fantasy (being a princess) and worst fear (vomit).

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Angelic don’t worry. Although, many women commenting have had it it is so rare! I only believe everyone here because the 1st hand accounts are right on. This is a percentage fluke. Your odds are very small. However, pregnancy is rough and i am scared too.

    • Janet says:

      Angelic, my mom had morning sickness for seven months while she was pregnant with me. When I became pregnant I told myself every day “I am damned if I’m going to have morning sickness” and guess what? I didn’t. Not one single day. I don’t know if there is any psychosomatic influence to morning sickness, but I just told myself pregnancy isn’t a disease and I am damned if I’m going to be sick. My daughter-in-law had a problem-free pregnancy also. I realize HG is a whole other deal, though, and there may be some serious hormonal factors involved. There’s no way to predict if you’re going to have it or not. But don’t let your fear of complications keep you from getting pregnant if you really want a child. Like as not there won’t be any complications and your pregnancy will be the best nine months you ever spent. Mine sure was. And to top it all off, I had a healthy, beautiful baby boy after spending just 90 minutes in the labor room.

    • JulieM says:

      Angelic20: Let me add to the chorus here. This kind of wretched morning sickness does not happen to everyone. I’ve been pregnant once and I had a great one. A little queasy early on, but I never “lost it”. It really doesn’t have to be bad. You just have a concentration of bad stories here in sympathy with Kate.

      • Another K says:

        Angelic and LAK, Julie above is right. There is a huge gathering of scary information here about a condition, while awful, is rare. More than likely you both would have happy healthy pregnancies and babies. I never considered myself the motherly type, more career driven, but I popped out two 8 pounders 23 and 25 years ago and they are the joy of my life! Not perfect by any means, but truly a joy. If you would like children, please don’t let the frightening details here deter you. I am so sorry to read about these terrible experiences that some of the ladies here have been through but most of us just have the queasies in the beginning and then it eases up considerably. :)

    • Janet says:

      Angelic, Gabrielle and LAK, look at the math. Although 80% of all pregnant women have some degree of morning sickness (I was in the lucky 20% who didn’t), only 2% have hyperemesis. So you have a 98% chance of not having it. Pretty good odds, when you look at it.

      From what I’ve heard from friends who have been pregnant, most of their morning sickness was on the mild side, subsided within three to four months, and crackers and ice-cold ginger ale (I mean COLD) were a big help.

      Have a nice healthy baby and don’t worry about it. Chances are you’ll be fine.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      It’s worth it, worth it, worth it. Being a mother is definitely the best thing I ever did. But I have to admit, I wish I could out-source the production process!

  17. tmbg says:

    Good gravy, I’m glad I never wanted kids and have stuck with dogs instead. It sounds like she’s going through absolute hell. Being nauseous for one day is bad enough.

    I don’t think it’s nice to say this is good because she can get out of engagements. She has never been seen looking sour or frowning once during the times she’s gone to these stuffy events. In fact, I remember Diana looking more dour than Kate has (although Kate’s been in the spotlight for much less time).

    • Maria says:

      I’m with you. I have had both dogs and kids, and dogs are way easier, and cheaper. I love my kids, but they completely change your life. That won’t apply to Kate as she will have so much help, she won’t have to worry about the sitter cancelling.
      But I wish her well. 9 months of being sick has got to be hell.

  18. Mew says:

    I have hard time believing she would have really some extremely rare condition but rather just quite normal bad nausea which SO many women suffer when pregnant. It’s not just one or two women I know who spent 9 months with their heads in a toilet, unable to even think of food, and none of them had the luxury to stay in hospital bed. I guess that’s where the being royal part is so sweet.

    Of course she clears her schedule. That’s another thing why being royal is so sweet.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I was actually hospitalised for at least a week when I was pregnant with my daughter. (I’d lost 17 lbs in less than 4 days and was hypothermic due to dehydration.)

      They wouldn’t even let me out of bed to use the bathroom! I had to call a nurse or orderly for EVERYTHING. (They also thought she was twins, but she wasn’t.)

    • Jayna says:

      Don’t dismiss it so easily. The show I saw had all “normal” women on and they were hospitalized, some were bedridden throughout their pregnancy beyond sick. One was so sick for so long she literally wanted to die It was a very informative show and many said they had been judged by other women that a little pregnancy nausea shouldn’t get you down. The medical experts really shed a lot of light on this condition.

      • Isa says:

        I was talkin about it to a woman at the bank and she had to have an IV for a month. She lost 20 lbs and is already tiny. I would guess her to weigh 110 maybe? Maybe less. I think it’s more common than reported. When she had it it wasn’t well known.

  19. Meerkat says:

    Another shooting party? What is it with this bunch that they take such pleasure in killing birds and animals?

  20. Bellatrix says:

    Everybody’s talking about Hyperemesis Gravidarum using it’s acronym and all I keep reading is: “I had Hunger Games with my previous pregnancy.”

    And then my mind flocks to Catching Fire. And the genius mastermind plan of Peeta. And then, I absolutely forget about Her Royal Uterus. And then, and then… I don’t know where this post is going either.

  21. The Original Mia says:

    I’m mean because I laughed at the clearing schedule. What schedule? Anyhoo. Hope she feels better soon. Oh, and congratulations. Diana would have been a great grandmother.

  22. Dani says:

    The women is pregnant and all anyone can say is ‘she’ll have to clear her non existent schedule.’ Am I the only one who doesn’t hate her/doesn’t care what she does or doesn’t do? My sister had hg with all 3 of her pregnancies and as minor as some people might have it, it’s still really bad.

  23. Zigggy says:

    Probably a June or July baby, depending on when she conceived. I conceived Oct.4 and am due June 27. :)

  24. aims says:

    Im a little worried for her. Since it is early, normally people announced they’re pregnate towards the end of the third month. Anyone who’s ever been pregnate will be having flashbacks the the glorious first trimester of pregnancy. I was so sick with my daughter. Im so pleased to see William being a supportive husband. It should be a no brainer to take your pregante sick wife to the hospital. But knowing his family, you never know.

  25. Jess says:

    I sincerely hope she and baby are going to be ok. Prayers for royal baby and mama.

  26. JBUB says:

    I’m a little worried for her with it being so early in her pregnancy. I have suffered a miscarriage at 10 weeks and it was one of the hardest things to go through. I would not want to have to do that in the public eye. I wish her and her baby a healthy pregnancy.

    • polkasox says:

      So sorry JBUB. I just had my second miscarriage. Its horrible. I have to think she must be sick to risk announcing it so early. Doesn’t help that she’s so skinny to start off with – she has nothing to lose! My first pregnancy only lasted 8 weeks but I lost about 5 lbs due to morning sickness. She doesn’t have 5 to lose.

  27. Christina says:

    This is quite funny: Pippa Tips for her pregnant sister.

    A few examples:

    • When it’s time for your baby to sleep, put it in something called a “cot”. For warmth, add blankets.

    • If your baby does not talk to you, this does not mean your baby doesn’t like you. Babies cannot talk.

    • When you want to take your baby down the street, try using a pram instead of a wheelbarrow or wheelchair.

    • When your baby makes a little poo, get someone else to change its nappy because that is disgusting.

  28. melmel says:

    Who is going to show the baby the nudie photos of mommy`s boobies?

  29. shewolf says:

    I always thought William looked like his mother but the older he gets he looks like his father. EXACTLY like his father. Its creepy.

    As for Kate… poor woman. I dont know why but I love her. Shame on me. I hope she feels better and isnt looking at the rest of the pregnancy being this awful. But pregnancy in general is awful so yeah… sorry Kate!

  30. Maria says:

    The best distraction from all of this would be an Pippa-Harry engagement with a pregnancy to boot. I’d love that! Now that would be interesting!

  31. Jayna says:

    Anyone see that Dr. Phil show or was it Dr. Oz about this? It can be debilitating and for some their whole pregnancy is a nightmare, deathly sick. I had no idea.

  32. phlyfiremama says:

    The problem with constant nausea is that it can cause her to lose the baby, from all of the contractions in the abdominal area. It is grouped with other issues into “restless fetus” syndrome in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is treatable with Acupuncture, moxibustion, and Chinese herbs that have been proven safe for the baby over thousands of years of clinical usage. TCM not only helps with fertility (the first part) it also helps with securing the fetal implantation, and help nourish both the Mom & fetus during the pregnancy to HOLD the baby in.

    • Nymeria says:

      Still laughing at “thousands of years of clinical usage.” Thanks for that!

      On an unrelated note… must be a bit weird to give Liz a gyno.

      • phlyfiremama says:

        Why laughter? Acupuncture/TCM has been around for over 5,000 years~and not because it DOESN’T work. The basic herbal formulas are around 1500 years old (which is when the first compendium of them was published) and “new” formulas date back up to 400 years. It has been extensively and exhaustively tested over the millenia, and all of the interactions/contraindications and safety considerations have been established for centuries. How else do you define clinical usage except by them being used clinically??

    • Dana M says:

      I had terrible HG. I tried acupuncture, moxinustion and the Chinese herbs and I felt some relief for that 1hr session, but as soon as it was over I was back to the extreme nausea. I tried 3 different acupuncturists in town too to see if one of them was better than the other.

  33. Jayna says:

    Here you go regarding the condition for those not knowing how serious it is of some suffering with it. I remember the show I saw the woman had it so bad she literally couldn’t get out of bed she was so ill.

  34. Charmingfrock says:

    Wiki says Dr Alan Farthing “is a specialist in gynaecological cancer care, and an internationally recognised expert in the use of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery.” Sounds like a good GYN for older women, not so much for OB care of younger women.

  35. Elly says:

    shooting party and shooting party…. William is an idiot.

  36. Eléonore says:

    I am so sick of this royal thing going on. Seriously, why do people still care? It’s not the 17th century anymore. I am French and I wish Americans would just get over it already and not lose it completely when they hear the word “royal”. I have never seen a population so obsessed with royals. No one in Europe cares that much, but Americans are always here to remind us that useless people exist; they love the royals, they “created” the Kardashians, and before that Paris Hilton…not to mention all those vapid brainless uneducated and classless Hollywood celebrities that Americans love so much. I understand that this whole “celebrity” thing is part of the essence of the American culture, but this obsession with the British Royals, who are basically completely useless (not to mention that Kate Middleton was born a commoner and one of the most vapid persons around) needs to stop.

    • HQ says:

      Oh please. It is the British that continue to insist on their relevance and continue to push their popularity throughout the world. If the British/Australians/Canadians/other commonwealth nations find no further use for them, and no further use for their TAX DOLLARS to be spent on them, then they’d better do something about it. It’s not in the Americans’ hands you fool.

  37. kay says:

    i was on zofran, gravol and sometimes another to keep the hg under control. i remember being terrified that the baby would be hurt somehow by all the gut spasms of throwing up and dry heaving, but in hospital first ultrasound: he was sliding and playing. i remember thinking: are you SERIOUS??? but then being peaceful knowing the agony i was going through was not affecting him as much. the worst part for him was losing a bunch of weight immediately at birth because we had both been surviving on liquids. it was all smooth sailing once he was out though.
    i tell you: i had a very brief bout (hospitalization for almost a week) with the first one in the last trimester, but i don’t know if my second would be here today had i known it could be like that the whole time.
    best wishes to her and all mommas, healthy easy pregnancy or no.

  38. Christine says:

    I thankfully did not have terrible morning sickness, but I was nauseous. And I do not envy anyone who has this, even someone with a seemingly privileged life and no actual occupation. Plus, it’s completely unnerving to have to tell the whole world – literally- that you are pregnant when you aren’t even out of the first trimester. I wish Kate and the baby well.

  39. midnightmoon says:

    I am struck by William’s expression as he walks out the door of the hospital. What do you Celebitches think he is thinking? Can’t quite read his face. Photo Assumption anyone?

  40. mkyarwood says:

    hyperemesis = THE WORST.

  41. original almond says:

    Before I read the article, before I look at the pictures, I must ask: WHAT schedule?

  42. Nan209 says:

    I had a friend who had HG in her pregnancy. Poor thing was just miserable. She lost a lot of weight. She had to take medication to try keep food down. She was so worried about her baby. It was a tough 9 mos. She ended up having a healthy baby girl but it was a tough hall to get there.

  43. JulieM says:

    Well, Katie Kambridge is finally fulfilling her one purpose in life. Clear her schedule? Really? No respect for this vacuous woman.

    I do wish her and Willy well, however. Hope they have a healthy and happy baby.

    I’ll get excited when Harry and, well, whoever, have kids. I get the feeling he will be a really great father. I just don’t get that feeling with Willy.

  44. Sparkly says:

    I definitely think they had to announce early after her hospitalization. HG can be pretty serious. I hope she bounces back swiftly and is able to have a healthy weight gain. That would be my main concern with her & HG. Lots of mommas lose weight during the 1st trimester even without HG, so I can imagine the talk will start soon. If I were her, I’d have kept it quiet as long as humanly possible. :/

  45. flower says:

    Feel a bit sorry for Kate, HG must be like having food poisoning 24/7 with no end in sight. Maybe she will have to spend her entire pregnancy in bed like Sophia Loren.

    The good news is that the odds on having a girl are increased with HG and that along with statistics of Helicopter pilots tendency toward having girls it bodes well for a future Queen (fingers crossed).

  46. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Personally, I think she should have addressed her eating disorder BEFORE getting pregnant. But that would have required admitting she HAS an eating disorder, which the palace apparently isn’t willing to do. Whatever.

    But since she DID get pregnant before fixing her emotional problems, I hope it works out. The baby is an innocent party, and I wish him/her the best.

    I find it strange that William was away this past weekend when Kate was telling her parents about the pregnancy. And that, while staying with the manipulative Middletons, Kate suddenly became ill, which got William’s attention. I know it’s probably a coincidence of timing. But William’s initial absence during this important weekend is still strange. It seems the royal family is so emotionally detached, even from each other, that a peasant like me just can’t understand them.

  47. Shannon says:

    You know what sucks? I have all of these symptoms and I don’t even get a baby out of it. I’m not pregnant.

  48. molly says:

    Hope we don’t have this for 9 months – she’s pregnant and it’s a condition not a terminal disease.

    She’s go what she wanted now she should deal with it like millions of other GENUINE woman who just get on with it and don’t have the lifestyle she has.

  49. Sue says:

    The woman isn’t use to eating and now must so yes, I guess that would present a problem. Combined with a distant husband and the nerves that go with that….I’m almost thinking a miscarriage is in the works.

    • HQ says:

      No kidding! Not to mention, some women are not naturally maternal. Not that this condition alone signifies it, but maybe this is a sign. Honestly, WHO in their right mind can envision Kate as a mother? She’s the most self-serving woman on the planet.

  50. Dana M says:

    I had HG for all my children’s pregnancies and they all started at 8 weeks and ended on the day I delivered. I lost a lot of weight in the beginning due to vomiting 2-4 times a day. But I gained some the last two months. The extreme nausea was over literally minutes after each birth!!! This condition is very real and dangerous if dehydration occurs. The nausea IS violent. Just reading about her problem triggers flashbacks….I NEVER want to go through that ordeal again. I did it ALL for my husband.

  51. the original liv says:

    you know i always hear about pregnant women and morning sickness and hg and whatnot. but in reality, i’ve never met anyone who had any morning sickness whatsoever. it’s weird. true, i don’t know a lot of pregnant women. none of my friends are pregnant yet. but my mom didn’t have and morning sickness when she was pregnant with me or sister. neither did any of my aunts or cousins. pregnancy still scares me though. ever since i learned how babies were born, i’ve been scared. lol

    i hope waity can stop smoking while pregnant. i know some smokers find it really hard.

  52. mimi says:

    Brits are so odd. They would focus their media attention over these paid celebrities.

    Seriously. Kate is not a talented writer/ actress// musician.

    She is getting attention as she joined a family of people who get paid tons of money to be celebrities, do nothing and occasionally misbehave or act like a dysfunctional family, so that the media could focus on that.

    I can’t fathom why would people waste so much public funds to support financially the luxurious lifestyle of these people.

  53. C.Z. says:

    Clear what schedule? Did she even HAVE a schedule?

  54. HQ says:

    I’m not convinced Kate has any condition and that this isn’t a staged hospital visit to justify her light work schedule for the next year. Convenient, isn’t it, that she turned up pregnant just a short time after the nude photos surfaced and everyone was questioning her level of competency as a royal? Everything is planned with these people, and Kate is no exception. If you ask me, she’d be happy to play “fashion icon” for another couple years before becoming a mum. I suppose this will lock her into the Royal Family though, so Carole must be over the moon. In my opinion, Kate needs to quit pretending that barfing isn’t a regular practice for her and toughen up to what motherhood is all about: self sacrifice.

  55. Carolin says:

    Waity Katie – first for Wills, now for the child to be born. How boring.


    If this is really what she has then I feel sorry for her. I felt sick for about 6 months during both pregnancies and then I threw up lots during labour pains, or better said, in between contactions I would throw up. It was terrible. But a bit funny, too, I must admit.
    Fortunately I didn’t have much time to clear my schedule (which schedule does Kate have anyway?) as I was working fulltime.