Well, the rumors (and face-snarkers) were right: there is indeed a royal fetus claiming territory in Kate Middleton‘s uterus. Buckingham Palace announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) are expecting a baby! Cue the royal trumpets and dust off the infant-sized ermine cloak! Er, except the palace announced the pregnancy by way of announcing that Kate was admitted to the hospital for a pregnancy-induced condition called hyperemesis gravidarum.
I have to admit I’m pretty thrilled about this news. I’ve been a royal watcher since I was a kid (and really active on the AOL Prince William message boards, HOLLA!). If you can be truly happy for people you’ve never met and who don’t even know you exist, I am truly am. They seem like such a down-to-earth couple (Well, as down to earth as you can be when you are the upperest crust of upper crust society) (Whatever, they live in Wales and William is a helicopter pilot and Kate does her own grocery shopping! That’s SO NORMAL!) and rumors have said they’ve been trying to conceive for awhile, so I imagine they, like everyone on Twitter right now, are over the moon.
What’s so not great for Will and Kate is that the the Duchess was admitted today to the hospital for hyperemesis gravidarum. The condition is basically a really really terrible and chronic case of morning sickness defined as “extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that may lead to dehydration.”
This kind of nausea is not always confined to the morning and not always contained to early pregnancy (the first trimester, or three months), either. Two of my friends suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum and both had to be on the heavy-duty antinausea pill Zofran for the duration of their pregnancies. It’s not a pleasant condition for mama or baby and can, in serious situations, even be life-threatening. I’m sure Kate is getting the best medical care available, but I’m sending good thoughts her way regardless (For more information on hyperemesis gravidarim visit HelpHer.org)
Even though I’ve outed myself as a crazy royal watcher, I do hope the press and the public will give Kate enough space to have a healthy pregnancy and birth, especially considering she’s having a rough time here at the beginning. Sure, she has everything she could ever want at her disposal (in terms of medical care, support, etc) but I imagine carrying the world’s most anticipated baby inside your body comes with a lot of emotional baggage, aside from the regular old baggage us plebes have to deal with when we become mothers.
Let’s also hope the press will lay off the body snarking for the duration of her pregnancy. There’s no word on a due date yet, but you just know every public appearance of the princess will prompt a flurry of bump pictures and speculation. And let’s not even get into what will happen after the baby is born: WHEN AND HOW WILL SHE LOSE THE WEIGHT? I really wish the Queen could issue a decree that would put an end to that kind of bullshit for every woman in the public eye, not just her granddaughter-in-law. Regardless, I know I’m not alone in hoping that Kate feels better soon and has a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth.
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