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article imageKate Middleton in hospital due to rare pregnancy condition

By Nancy Houser     Dec 4, 2012 in World
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was rushed to the hospital after becoming violently ill at her parents' home. It has been confirmed she is pregnant and has a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
This is a serious condition of pregnant women that can cause extreme and persistent nausea and vomiting, possibly leading to dehydration, rapid weight loss, a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, and electrolyte disturbances.
Referred to as a "severe morning sickness," she is receiving fluids and nutrients intravenously to slow down the nausea. Kate will spend several days in private King Edward VII's Hospital Sister Agnes in London, until she begins to feel better. This will be followed by rest and close care at home.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition that occurs rarely in pregnant women; approximately one percent experience the discomfort.
Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had not told anyone of the pregnancy, as Kate is only 12 weeks along. However, once she became ill and arrived at the hospital, the St. James Palace announced the pregnancy on behalf of Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William.
In 2009  William and Harry s new official residence became St James  Palace  just up the road from t...
In 2009, William and Harry's new official residence became St James' Palace, just up the road from their dad's pad at Clarence House. Although St James's Palace is the official residence of the Sovereign, the Court moves with the Queen.
Signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum
* Severe nausea and vomiting will occur, preventing all fluids and food from staying down
* Food will make the mother-to-be nauseaus
* There is usually a weight loss of 5% or more of pre-pregnancy weight
* Urination will increase
* The vomiting and increase in urine will cause dehydration
* Headaches will develop from the dehydration and lack of nutrients
* Confusion may occur
* Fainting can develop from lack of food and fluid
* Jaundice may occur
Treatments for hyperemesis gravidarum
In addition to intravenous fluids (IV) that Kate is being given to restore her hydration, electrolytes, vitamins and nutrients, tube feeding can also be given.
Tube feedings restore lost nutrients when continuous vomiting is occurring. They can be given through a tube,: either through her nose to her stomach (nasogastric), or passing from her abdomen to her stomach ([ercutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) - depending on her level of vomiting and nausea at the time. Medications may also be given, such as metoclopramide (Category B), antihistamines and antireflux medications.
King Edward VII hospital : Founded in 1899 at the suggestion of the then Prince of Wales - later to ...
King Edward VII hospital : Founded in 1899 at the suggestion of the then Prince of Wales - later to become King Edward VII - it was originally sited at the house of his reputed mistress Agnes Keyser at 17 Grosvenor Crescent close to Hyde Park Corner.
The Telegraph UK
Future of the upcoming heir to the throne
Rules of the British Monarchy have always given boys precedence over girls when it came to the monarchy, in addition to preventing future monarchs from marrying Catholics. That is until recently, laws changed to allow a male or female to reign. If the child is a twin or triplets, the first born will reign.
"[The change] brings the British monarchy into line with other European monarchies," Carolyn Harris, a teaching fellow and royal historian at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, told ABC News.
The new laws for succession of the British commonwealth nations reflect modern ideas about gender equality, according to Harris. "The recognition that women who had become queens in the British monarch had held long and successful reigns."
NOTE: Before her marriage, Kate Middleton was born as Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. On the marriage day of Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Queen created Prince William as the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. From then on, Kate Middleton's full title and style is Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge and Carrickfergus. When in Scotland she is referred to as Her Royal Highness the Countess of Strathearn.
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