Rumors the last few months have been flying that Kate Middleton was pregnant and now the Duchess is being hospitalized with acute morning sickness.
After the Royal’s had been trying to keep the news a secret until at least Kate was past the 12-week point of the pregnancy, Buckingham Palace had to make the announcement after Kate was rushed to the hospital early on Monday.
In the palace statement, officials said Kate was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially dangerous type of morning sickness where vomiting is so severe no food or liquid can be kept down. Palace officials said the duchess was expected to remain hospitalized for several days and would require a period of rest afterwards.
“It’s not unusual for pregnant women to get morning sickness, but when it gets to the point where you’re dehydrated, losing weight or vomiting so much you begin to build up (toxic) products in your blood, that’s a concern,” said Dr. Kecia Gaither, director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University and Medical Center in New York.
According to some experts, the acute morning sickness could last at least the first 5 months of the pregnancy all the way up till birth and slightly increases the chance of twins.
The acute morning sickness could also cause Kate to vomit up to 30 times a day and see her lose 10% of her body weight.
Usually, excessive vomiting is treated on an outpatient basis, where the mom-to-be is given anti-nausea medication, usually in pill form. But to much vomiting can lead to dehydration leaving no choice for Kate to be hospitalized overnight to receive observation and IV.