Pregnant Kate Middleton in Hospital With Hyperemesis Gravidarum: What is it?

Category: World / Dec 03, 2012 2:48PM EDT
Media were surrounding a central London hospital on Monday (December 3) waiting for news about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge. The statement said Kate Middleton was in the King Edward VII Hospital in Central London suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum, a very acute morning sickness where the Duchess is likely to remain there for several days. According to ABC News, experts say the extreme morning sickness is usually diagnosed about nine weeks into the pregnancy, and in most cases resolves itself by 16 or 20 weeks. In rare cases, it can last the whole pregnancy. A statement said Kate’s condition required supplementary hydration and nutrients, but there was no detail about when the baby was due, just that the pregnancy was in its early stages. The announcement that Prince William and Catherine were expecting a baby was made by Clarence House on Monday. "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby," the office said in a statement. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news." The couple, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, married in April last year, prompting a global media frenzy and there has been much speculation, particularly in U.S. gossip magazines, about a possible pregnancy.