Royal-family

Morning Sickness Hell For Kate… Again

You’ve probably already heard that everyone’s favorite royal, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting her second child. The Duchess revealed the happy news yesterday, after she pulled out of an event at Oxford University due to her acute morning sickness.

If you followed Kate’s first pregnancy, you may know she is no stranger to morning sickness. You may not know that this “morning sickness” is actually a rare but severe condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

HG is thought to be a genetic illness, suffered by approximately three per cent of pregnant women. It causes constant vomiting during pregnancy and leads to dehydration, weight loss and a build up toxins in the blood and urine. Understandably, what is supposed to be one of the happiest experiences of motherhood, turns into months of physical torture.

Aussie mum of two and HG sufferer, Kirsty, will testify to that:

“It’s like a time warp, a parallel universe – time is going so slow. For me, it was weeks of permanent gastro. I vomited continuously – I couldn’t keep anything down,” she explains of her experience.

Kirsty describes the condition as a nightmare. While she forced herself to eat, keeping down liquids was near impossible. (Some women with HG struggle to swallow their own saliva without vomiting!) The constant loss of fluids and nutrients, meant Kirsty visited the hospital every week, often staying overnight or for up to three days.

However, despite not being able to drive a car or leave the house, Kirsty counts herself lucky. Unlike other sufferers of HG – whose symptoms can last for the entire pregnancy – Kirsty only endured 15 weeks of severe vomiting and gastro during each of her pregnancies.

Sadly, treatments for HG are few. Most medications aren’t recommended for pregnant women, therefore a healthy diet, vitamin supplements, and a good support system are often the best you can do. Some people suggest acupuncture or hypnosis, although neither of these techniques have proven results.

Like Kate, Kirsty went through hyperemesis through two pregnancies. Fortunately, both her children – like Prince George – were healthy, happy babies.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. (Hyperemesis gravidarum) didn’t stop me from having a second child – and it obviously hasn’t stopped the Duchess either! It’s all worth it in the end,” says Kirsty.

Kate is allegedly eight weeks into her pregnancy. Our best wishes are with her and the baby.

Image via dailymail.co.uk

September 10, 2014

Prince William: “Prince George Is A Bit Of A Rascal”

Prince William is gushing about his baby boy Prince George – and it’s pretty adorable.

“He’s a little bit of a rascal, I’ll put it that way, so he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure,” William told CNN in an interview that will air mid-September.

The new dad said his son, Prince George, is “doing very well at the moment. He likes his nappy changed.”

He also confirmed that the royal couple – and even their pet dog – have adjusted to their new life with baby. “Catherine is very well, [and the dog] Lupo is coping…He’s been slobbering around the house a lot, so he’s happy.”

Despite being royalty, the new parents prefer to be hands-on parents – how refreshing!

“If I can do it myself, I’ll do it myself,” the Prince said. “I’m as independent as I want to be. I don’t like fuss.

And although being understandably weary of the press, William revealed it was a pleasure to show off his son to the world outside of St. Mary’s Hospital the day after George was born four weeks ago.

“I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him. As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything.” said William.

“It’s not somewhere I enjoy being, I know that the position I’m in that’s what’s required of me to do. … It’s nice that people want to see George, so, you know – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through.”

August 19, 2013

First Look At The Prince Of Cambridge

The world has had its first peek at Kate and William’s day-old baby boy!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped outside of St. Mary’s Hospital in London holding their little Prince – who according to his beaming dad, is not so little!

“He’s got a good pair of lungs that’s for sure, he’s a big boy, quite heavy,” he told media outside the hospital.

He also lovingly joked that their son has his mother’s good looks.

“He’s got her looks thankfully” to which the Kate laughed, “No, no, no I’m not sure about that.”

And it seems we’ll have a wait a little longer on the name of the future king.

“We’re still working on a name,” William revealed.

Kate left the hospital wearing a simple blue polka dot summer dress, with her personal hairstylist Alice Cook Tucker allowed into the hospital earlier this morning to style her hair before their first photo op.

The young royals thanked staff at the hospital before heading home to Kensington Palace: “Their Royal Highnesses would like to reiterate their thanks to the hospital for the care and treatment they have all received.”

What do you think Kate and William will call the baby?

Photo: Justin Goff/Daily Mail

July 23, 2013

Kate Middleton Gives Birth To Baby Boy!

The Great Kate Wait it over! The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy!

The Palace has confirmed that Kate, 31, gave birth to the little prince weighing 8 lbs., 6 oz. at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, also 31, was by her side.

Kate and the baby “are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” reads the official statement. And the proud father Prince William said “we could not be happier.”

Kate went into labour just before 6am Monday London time (3pm Monday EST), and was taken from Kensington Palace where she lives with William, to St. Mary’s Hospital, a short drive away. Kate was in labour for just over 10 hours.

St. Mary’s is the same hospital where William and his brother Prince Harry, 28, were born.

The new arrival is third in line to the throne, following granddad Prince Charles, 64, and father William.

Congratulations to Kate and William! 

July 22, 2013