The acute morning sickness that affected Catherine derailed their plans of official announcement around Christmas, so the couple was forced to reveal the pregnancy early, as Catherine was rushed to King Edward VII Hospital to be treated. Doctors apparently put the Duchess of Cambridge on an IV to restore fluids and nutrients and hopefully the pregnancy will continue to evolve normally.
The media was buzzing outside the hospital where Kate was admitted, but only managed to capture snaps of Prince William as he left Catherine’s side last night, hours after she was taken to the hospital. The only news released until this time is that Catherine will not be released from the hospital for a few more days, so hopefully she’ll manage to feel much better until then as she has to face an entire nation’s joy over the news of a new Royal member, third-in-line to the throne.
Apparently, hyperemesis gravidarum or acute morning sickness, the condition that led to Catherine’s hospitalization causes severe nausea and vomiting, dehydration, hallucinations and other possible complications and it is experienced by up to 2% of the pregnant women. This condition usually triggers weight loss of about 5 to 10% of the body weight and is usually triggered during the first trimester. While usually the symptoms are banished by the second trimester of the pregnancy, there is a possibility for these symptoms to continue throughout the pregnancy and in some cases even after the baby is born. Catherine, who is only 8 weeks far into her pregnancy, is rumored to respond well to treatment, so we’ll just have to wait and see how the situation evolves.