Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Update on Kate's Condition, 'The Hobbit' Appearance Cancelled, More on Hyperemesis Gravidarum + First Hand Account of Illness

Hello Duchess Kate readers, we have a few interesting stories to share beginning with an update on Kate's condition.

As you all know the Duchess was discharged from King Edward VII hospital last Thursday after spending three nights being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum. Kate returned to Nottingham Cottage, William and Kate's home in Kensington Palace and her condition worsened over the weekend and by lunchtime Sunday, William cancelled his plans to attend the British Military Tournament to stay by Kate's side.

St James's Palace released a statement confirming this and noted we shouldn't expect to hear many updates on Kate's condition:

'It is well known that hyperemesis gravidarum often recurs and, until further notice, to allow the Duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments associated with it'.

The Palace have officially announced Kate will not be attending the premiere of 'The Hobbit' tomorrow evening and will continue to rest privately. Prince William is still scheduled to attend.


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Many mistake hyperemesis gravidarum for morning sickness when it is in fact much more serious. Yesterday morning I was intrigued when I saw a tweet by @HG Husband, a man whose wife suffered from HG during her pregnancies, sharing his experiences.


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Philip Newton (@HG Husband) is in fact a trustee for Pregnancy Sickness Support, a UK based charity that helps women and their partners suffering from the effects of severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemisis gravidarum.

Pregnancy Sickness Support

More about the condition from the website:

'Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum are particularly isolating conditions and women are very often left feeling misunderstood and alone for months on end when housebound'.

Pregnancy Sickness Support runs a support network across the UK. To search for a location near you please click here. You will also find coping strategies and information on treatment, eating advice and support for carers on the network. The Facebook Page is here. Readers from the US suffering with HG can find support at Help Her.

Pregnancy Sickness Support is run almost entirely by volunteers and relies on donations to keep the charity running on a year-to-year basis. If you wish to support this worthy charity please click here. To help raise awareness you can simply add the charity's logo to your Facebook or Twitter page. I added the badge to my own Twitter page.



Philip very kindly agreed to share his story with us:


'My wife Jayne suffered Hyperemesis twice, the first time was with my daughter April now nearly age 4.

Jayne and I were married in April and I always thought it very romantic to aim to have a baby girl called April, born in April. The pregnancy was planned as such and of course we became very excited.

Then Jayne started to become very sick, I thought this was "normal" and the so called medical professionals seemed to reassure us that this was in fact normal. A misunderstanding that I now know is fairly rife within the medical profession.

When this sickness didn't go away and my wife started to miss work, I worried for us financially, what if she lost her job? She did mange to return to work but looking back this would just put her back on bed rest as soon as things took a turn. Rest was the essential need.

We were in the dark and Jayne was in an even darker place and few people understood us.

Offering the usual advice "Try ginger, It's all in your head..." All of which I now realise are not helpful and actually quite unsympathetic, but often meant with the best intentions.

This was not normal and my wife was made to feel she was doing something wrong, all the concern was for the baby and never her.

I continued my life the best I could as she lay in bed staring at the ceiling, her mind in a different world. She listened to William Fitzsimmons, a darkly depressing musician, we had a tough time talking to one another as neither understood what this illness was.

Incidentally we met William after at a gig in Brighton and he signed a poster for to all of us including April, this is now framed on our living room wall.

My friends and family couldn't understand where Jayne had gone to and if she was even in my life anymore.

Everything would set her off and we were offered no help in terms of medication. Doctors are fearful as to any unwanted effects on the baby, however most have been proven perfectly safe, and that without them the baby and mother will be less likely to thrive.

In fact we only realised it was Hyperemesis once we saw medical notes.

Fortunately the Duke and Duchess will likely have the best advice and information available so may understand that this isn't normal and have a better outlook early on and much needed support from the outset.

We knew we wanted April to have a brother or sister but the trauma was still fresh in our minds, many women will never choose to extend their family as a result of a Hyperemetic pregnancy.

We decided to seek advice and arranged a pre pregnancy session with a "specialist". On the day the specialist was not available and after a long wait were sat in front of a Gentleman doctor who offered no help other than that each pregnancy would be different. We asked him to provide a letter advising on the best course of action in the event that Jayne was to suffer once again.

We left in tears.

Jayne fell pregnant in November last year and by Christmas hell had begun once again. This time it was worse, we had April to care for, I had to work we had limited support and it nearly broke me.

The doctor had indeed kept his word and provided a treatment protocol offering Ondansetron, a drug normally reserved for Cancer sufferers, although our local GP still had to seek approval to issue a prescription, not because of risk but because it was an "expensive" drug.

Not only did Jayne have to worry about her own deteriorating health but that she was unable to be the mother she had always been and wanted to be to April, this tore her heart out and added to the emotional distress that Hyperemesis was already causing.

Hyperemesis opens your eyes to the importance of support and it was the little things that I learned from the awful experience that have changed me forever.

Friends, new and old, were there for every little thing such as a load of washing to picking up groceries, I thanked them then and will do anything for them at anytime.

Sadly it also opens your eyes to those who don't wish to understand or show any level of compassion in your time of need. It is hard to reconnect with these people, made even worse if they are family.

I now look back on my Twitter feed at the time Jayne was suffering and see how I got so frustrated as my wife spent yet another day in bed and I had to be mother, father and housekeeper all at once, or those times I was able to take a break and spend times with friends, wishing my wife were with me.

I lost 18 months of my life to this dreadful illness and vow that those that are left will be spent making sure no one has to suffer through this alone.

Many women and their partners are not simply cured once they have a baby in their arms, yes their efforts are rewarded, but the scars still remain. Much like the stretch marks that many women are left with, a reminder of their earned motherhood, HG can stay with you for a lifetime.

Throughout the pregnancy my wife and I reffered to one of our faviourite albums for the strength and affirmation we needed.

"August and Everything After."

Esmé (Meaning "To Love") was born in August and we are now enjoying the everything after'.

I would like to thank Philip for taking the time to write such an insightful account of his own experience. It gives a chance to truly understand what Kate is going through at the moment and what a challenging time it is for William. Wishing Philip, Jayne, April and Esmé Newton all the best in the future and I sincerely hope Pregnancy Sickness Support gains the backing they need to help as many people as possible.

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Another Hello! Magazine cover for William and Kate this week.

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We all send Kate positive thoughts and our best wishes at this difficult time.

55 comments:

  1. Thank you for this insightful post.

    I doubt very mcuh we will see Kate at The Hobbit premiere tomorrow or very much at all in the future. She needs to put herself and the baby first.



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    1. Absolutely agree. Kate needs to rest and watching a movie almost three years long would not be good for her.

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    2. Thank you. I really appreciated reading that.

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    3. I just got a CNN alert that the Australian radio station will be giving a large cash amount to the family of the deceased nurse.

      Philip's article sums it up very well, I have a few things to add - I preferred NOT having my husband at my side. I wanted to be alone for more than one reason. If I ever get my computer back from the shop I will explain more, but typing on the Fire is too hard.

      Also, be prepared for Kate to not be able anywhere for Christmas. Right now nothing matters but the nausea. Sorry, not a nice thought, but it IS sadly true.

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  2. Hi Charlotte,
    Today I just wanted to say that you are doing a great job with this blog, allowing us to follow not only the life & style of Kate but many, many other important issues in life, such as a serious health problem like HG. You must be a wonderful human being, and very thoughtful.
    It's a shame that my english is not perfect at all, because I'd like to be able to say a lot more, but I think the main issue is that this blog is very "human", very well written and it is such a pleasure to read it on a daily basis, it makes us feel good. :)
    I wish you all the best.
    Z.

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    1. Z how lovely of you! Thank you so much, your comment certainly made me smile :)

      The premiere appearance has been officially cancelled!

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    2. Z, even if you think your english is "not perfect at all", I think that was the perfect way to describe Charlotte and her blog and what it means to us :) Thank you!

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    3. Agreed with Z and Annonymous, Charlotte's blog is the best!:)Thank you so much for shedding light on HG!! I'm trying to add the badge as per your instructions but I'm not able to. Im getting the icon on my laptop screen but when i run it,, it keeps saying finished installation but I don't see any button appearing after that!Oh well If Im not able to install the badge, Im still supporting the charity:))

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  3. Theresa, from Paris11 December 2012 at 10:43

    Wonderful interesting post, dear Charlotte ! Thank you.
    Philip Newton's account is heartbreaking. To think a pregnancy, supposed to be joyful and nurturing for the baby to be born, can be such a hell. I hadn't a clue about this illness. I feel very sorry for all the mothers who go through this. They must be able to love their baby inspite of this trauma, and I think this shows a special degree of selflessness. I am quite in awe.
    The Duchess will thankfully have all the best care and support, as most certainly do those mothers with means, but I can't help thinking of all those with limited means, who must work and look after their families at the same time. I don't know how they do it.

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    1. Thank you Theresa, I was delighted when Philip offered to share a first hand account. I received quite a lot of nasty comments ((I didn't publish them) from people claiming it was just morning sickness but it is so much more.

      At least The Hobbit appearance has been officially cancelled and Kate can try to rest.

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    2. Sarah from Calif.11 December 2012 at 14:04

      I think the thing that strikes me the most about what Philip said was that some of their relationships were hurt because of the inability to have compassion on them. I have had first hand experience with that too. I don't think people expect you to totally understand what they are going through but to try to put yourself in their shoes and at best try to understand and be compassionate. That was very kind of him to share all of that.
      Continued best wishes to Kate and William:)

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  4. Deborah from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil11 December 2012 at 10:47

    Hello Charlotte,
    Thank you so much for this post. Very informative.

    A good friend of mine suffered from HG in her two pregnancies. She has a very slim figure, like the Duchess, and in a matter of days, in her first pregnancy, she`d lost so much weight it was scary. You know that beautiful pregnancy glow, shiny hair, etc? Forget about it. She looked ill, it was heartbreaking. It was the same with her second pregnancy, but then she had a 4-year-old who wasn`t able to understand why "mommy was so sick and in bed 24/7".

    I hope the Duchess feels better really soon so that she can enjoy this wonderful period of her life.

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  5. I feel sorry for the Kate Hg can be bad. I just feel some people need to get a bit of perspective. A miscarriage or still birth is much worse and there are women who bleed throughout their pregnancy without any explanation. the list goes on and on. some women even suffer from severe migraines through out their pregnancy. I'm not saying that she shouldn't take it easy or she is making it up, but there are a lot of pregnancy woes where the doctor tells you its just normal and everybody else spouse has to go back to work

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    1. Are you saying that dehydration, organ failure and in some cases death is not something to worry about? That what women with HG has to worry about when they have HG, along with worry that they are not providing enough nutrition to their baby because they can't keep anything down.

      Some women with HG can't even move or they will vomited, feel nauseous again. Some the nausea only stop when they are sleeping.

      I don't see how any of the symptom of HG are just normal

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    2. No one has said that Hg is the worst pregnancy-related incident that can happen and we should all feel sorry for the poor Duchess and no other pregnant women. I think few pregnancy-related events can be called "worse" or "better" than another, as everyone is different and and every experience is different depending on the mother. What's important is to be sympathetic and supportive regardless, as we can never fully understand another's experience.

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    3. H.G. is not normal. While the other woes you talk about are also very serious and miscarriage and still birth are devastating, HG is completely debilitating. H.G. suffering women often can't work or miss days of work and have to have someone take care of them. In one article I read when a friend was suffering from it, the woman's mother had to take leave from work to care for her. My friend became dangerously dehydrated and missed days of work and often to come home when she did try to work and had to have her husband miss work and care for her when it was at its worst. He was no Phillip and it put a huge strain on the marriage which eventually broke up. She seriously considered termination. She said no more pregnancies so have to admire women who go through it twice. While Kate is in the fortunate position of not having to worry about losing her job, it is still very serious.

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    4. This blog is about Kate and the only condition we know of that she is suffering from as a result of her pregnancy is HG so that is the condition Charlotte chose to highlight and educate Kate's fans/followers about. I just don't understand the point of you commenting about miscarriages and still births.

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    5. Well sorry that I upset everybody so badly and clearly only hg is debilitating. I just mentioned the other things because bad things can happen to everybody and sadly they are also to get on with it (yes that means other pergancy related ilnesses that are just as damaging). I WASN'T Saying hg wasn't bad or scary. And I felt it needed mentioning cause people being ignorant is not good, like when people dissed about Kate's hg.

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  6. Thank you Charlotte for the insightful post. It really is heartbreaking and I had tears as I read it. I pray that she will not experience this her entire pregnancy and can hopefully enjoy the precious time of being pregnant. I know Kate will have the very best care and support possible. William has already shown that and I am very thankful. I can't help but think of the couples who maybe cannot afford the treatment and rest needed. Many prayers for them also.

    I feel some guilt for asking in previous posts about The Hobbit premiere. I apologize if it seemed insensitive to someone who might have suffered from HG. I am glad Kate will be home resting.

    Charlotte, as I glanced at your post above how people had posted nasty comments about it just being morning sickness, it really angers me. Regardless, is a nasty comment ever needed about anything. There is true suffering having this illness. I appreciate your willingness to inform us and to bring to light this awful condition. You did a wonderful job with this post and who knows how many you will help get support after reading it. Excellent job, Charlotte.

    Continuing to pray for a happy, healthy baby and for William and Kate as they are learning to cope with this awful illness. Many prayers for rest for Kate.

    Kate from Texas

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  7. Thanks for shedding some light on hyperemesis gravidarum. It'll be a long haul for Kate and I'm frankly relieved that she's not forced to fulfill her official duties before she's fully recovered. She needs rest above all.

    In the meantime, I think no news is good news for Kate and the baby. For as long as we're not hearing she's back in hospital; as long as we're not hearing distressing updates; as long as William is making his scheduled appearances (including going back to work when needed), we should be happy. Hopefully Kate will feel better as the pregnancy progresses.

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    1. Hello Dash- I agree with you. The Duchess does not need to be out and about in the cold weather nor be around alot of people at this time. I hope she recoverys soon and she & their baby are doing good. And I agree no news is good news.

      I do have to say I admire William for his loving support to his wife. It just proves how much he is in love with her he is. They are going to make great parents. I also love the idea of them not hiring a full time nanny. They want to be hands on parents, good for them. And I can see them taking their baby on tour with them. Not leaving he/she at home. That is just not their style.

      Let's keep William Kate & their unborn baby in our thoughts & prayers.

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  8. Thank you for helping to spread information about HG. Sadly, all to often sufferers are given little sympathy, because people fail to understand that this is not just morning sickness---which can be bad enough, but a serious illness.
    Let us hope and pray that, for Catherine, it settles a little after 12 weeks and she(and anyone else suffering from it)gets the help; support and rest needed.

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  9. I suffered with HG with my first pregnancy a Son, it came back worse than ever with my second. So bad was the HG I lost my twins at 9 weeks. I was advised never to get pregnant again as HG worsens with every pregnancy. My twins would have been born around this time of year 8 years ago , not a good time for me.

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  10. It makes sense that Kate is not attending the premiere. I also can't see her attending the The Queen's Christmas Party - fine in 'normal' circumstances but even if she's feeling better with the HG I think she should give it a miss and just rest.

    It would be lovely if somehow they could get a copy of The Hobbit for her to watch at Nottingham Cottage in her own comfy clothes, munchies of choice with William and Lupo in front of the fire...

    I bet she's bored senseless it sounds terrible. My sister's friend had it for 7 out of the 9 months and was in hospital etc. :-(

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  11. Thank you to Phillip and Jayne for sharing their experience with this illness. I had no idea it even existed before! And thank you to Charlotte for doing such a wonderful job following up on this illness and raising awareness about HG among your many readers. This post shed a lot of light on it and I'm very glad to know more about it, thank you.

    My thoughts are with Kate and William and their baby, it appears they are in for the long haul indeed. But it is reassuring to read that Phillip and Jayne have two happy healthy children and got through it together. Praying for Kate and William as they go through this, and warm wishes to Phillip and Jayne for getting through it together, and sharing their story to help other couples.

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  12. Hi Charlotte. I didnt want to write this but Kate's illness has finally given a name to the condition I suffered in 2001. I had a husband who didnt know what to do. It left me feeling rejected and alone cos I ended up living with my parents who looked after me 24-7 while he moved to another country for a new job. It eventually cost us our marriage. That's why in my last post I wrote she needed a loving husband.

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  13. My heart felt prayers go out to Kate and Will.. Although it sounds like this will be a awful experince for them, Kate seems to be a strong woman, and is much loved by her family and friends... and is totally adored by Will and Harry and I think the rest of the Royal family really likes her too. I believe she will have much love and support through-out this ordeal. I truely hope Kate and the baby will be ok.
    While I understand from reading in here, that not alot is known/understood about this illness, I'm wondering...Does anyone know if this illness always last the whole pregnancy? And if your un-lucky enough to have it for the first pregnancy, will you for sure get it for others? Can you have it for some pregnancies and not others if a couple should want a larger family? I'v never heard of this illness before. I'm so gratefull that it didnt show up in me, during any of my pregnancies, nor any one else I know.
    Again my thoughts and prayers go out to Will,Kate,& Baby

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    1. HG *can* last the entire pregnancy; it doesn't always. Generally the pattern is that it most debilitating during the early stages of pregnancy; most women get a sort of reprieve during the second trimester, and then it sometimes returns with a vengeance in the third trimester. Some women need to spend the entire pregnancy with a Zofran pump and a PICC line for nutrients. Others, usually those who are quickly diagnosed or who have had it before, can implement a protocol with their doctor early on and by being aggressive with medication can ease the symptoms somewhat. Generally though - nausea and vomiting are a daily fact of life, even in the best cases, for the majority of the pregnancy.

      From what I understand, usually if you've had it in one pregnancy, you are very likely to have it in subsequent pregnancies; some think that it even tends to get worse with each pregnancy. I follow a couple of blogs of women who have it and have still managed to have more than two children; they worked very closely with their doctors to manage it. But a lot of women with HG choose not to have large families; it's not uncommon for women to decide to terminate. I think it's impossible for most people to imagine the misery of it. Not a whole lot is known about it, but hopefully Kate's celebrity will bring awareness to the cause. No way to tell how severely she is affected or whether it will be debilitating for the whole pregnancy. I certainly hope not!

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  14. Those who think this disease is "just morning sickness" may also think the Titanic bumped an ice cube!

    And thank you Charlotte for not posting the ugly comments. It is bad enough you must see them, but I appricate you sparing us.

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  15. Great article, as usual Charlotte! What a touching interview and sharing a personal story about HG certainly makes me both thankful that I was lucky enough to have a healthy pregnancy without this debilitating illness as well as increased sympathy for poor Kate (and all other women) who must go through this condition.

    Glad to hear that the appearance was cancelled, getting all gussied was likely the last thing she wanted (or needed) to do. I hope she does feel better and continues to rest as needed- and that the media stays away until she's ready.

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  16. Insightful blog post Charlotte - and a special "Thank You" to Philip for sharing his account of his family's struggle with HG.

    If there is a glimmer of good in the bad that Kate and William are going through, it is that they will publicize and further the education of some people of the impact HG can have on expectant mothers, their unborn children and their families.

    I wonder if those English bookies are taking bets on whether Kate decides - at a future date, of course - to fully support the work of an HG charity?

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  17. I hope it's twins -- then Kate would never have to go through this again. It must be like having stomach flu, except it never clears up! Brave woman! She must be miserable.

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  18. Poor Kate! I fear that she is in for a long ordeal. I just hope her illness abates at the 13-week mark rather than persisting for a longer time. I feel quite sorry for her and William. The whole world is agog with the news of her pregnancy, rhapsodizing over the happiness of the lovely couple and the exquisite maternity fashions to come. She and her husband and their families are thrilled about the expected baby. Kate is certainly entitled now to bask in the glow of everyone's pride and to savor and enjoy this special time. However, she cannot savor and enjoy anything because she, no doubt, feels MISERABLE!

    I know whereof I speak. During my pregnancy 31 years ago, the term HG was never used nor was I ever hospitalized. However, I was horribly sick for over six months (with some bad days even after that). Once the sickness hit at about the six-week mark, the prospect of several months of such debilitating round-the-clock nausea and vomiting filled me with despair and desperation. I became convinced that I must have leukemia or some other terrible disease, for pregnancy could not possibly make one that sick, could it? My doctor prescribed a drug called Bendectin, which helped very marginally. However, fearing that it might harm my baby, I took as few pills as possible. My very loving and supportive husband felt helpless and guilty that I was undergoing such an ordeal in order for us to have our longed-for baby. Though he never said so, I know that he was sick of me being sick--and I felt guilty for putting him through such an ordeal while all our friends were sailing through their pregnancies with pink cheeks and happy smiles. Sad to say, it was not a happy time for us.

    But the ending was sweet! My last two months were easier, my delivery was a breeze, and our six-pound baby girl was healthy and beautiful! She still is! Indeed, my wonderful husband (of 43 years) and I have greatly treasured her, our precious only child.
    Lynn

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  19. I think it was a wonderful idea of you to elaborate more on hg. There is nothing I hate more than people making assumptions and judging others without knowing the facts. You have no idea how often my stepdad gets criticized by total strangers for not helping my mother enough, for example with carrying things, while he actually has a damaged hand from an accident, and if people would just observe a bit better, they would notice. Or how everyone looks weird at my best friend, who has a skin disease, and act as if she is contagious, while it is actually an heriditary disease. People can be so ignorant and judgemental. I see a lot of people raging about hg, how it is normal morning sickness and people shouldn't complain, it just makes me sad.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil11 December 2012 at 22:33

      Hi, Anonymous 17:21!
      I feel so sorry for your stepdad and for your best friend. In fact, the major reason for me to graduate from med school and decide to be a dermatologist is that people judge you a lot just by your appearance. It breaks my heart and I feel relieved both of them can find help not only in doctors, but in family and friends too.

      I honestly hope Catherine is feeling better. This illness takes away all the magic of "expecting your baby". Glad the Palace is respecting her time and won't push her to engagements before she is ready and healthy. Sending them my love and prayers.

      Charlotte, what an amazing job! You are making a real service to the population, trying to explain in every possible way what is this pregnancy disease. Congratulations, you are a unique human-being.


      Best wishes from Sao Paulo.

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  20. I too was a sufferer of HG.. 2 (first and last) of my 5 pregnancies were affected by it.. Had a PICC line inserted into my antecubital vein and was nourished with IV fluids and TPN. I too am 5'10" and very thin. I was in and out of the hospital with the last child, with four little ones running around it was a miserable existence.. I got to the point where I was under a hundred pounds and really did look like skeletor.. Mine let up around 30 weeks. Fortunately I had very healthy babies. The babies didn't suffer mom did..
    I really feel for the DoC and can completely sympathize with her.
    HG doesn't care if you are royalty or not!

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  21. I am praying for Kate

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  22. Dear Charlotte. Whilst moderating, you chose to take the negative comments & transform them into a education on the realities of HG. Thanks for making that choice, as I had not heard a fathers perspective on HG. I pray more research is done, as HG must be disastrous on single parent families or families dependent on two incomes. Part of me hopes the Duchess has healthy twins, so that she can heal physically and mentally & put HG behind her. Also, I think HG will get much more attention & research funding, so William and Kate's suffering may help find a more effective treatment.

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  23. Thank goodness Kate has a loving husband and parents to care for her. I had HG in 1999. I had no adequate medical care and other than my husband, no support from family or friends. I was so ill that my husband and I made the decision to terminate the pregnancy. For me it was either that or suicide. Anyone who is nasty and says it is "just"morning sickness is totally ignorant. I never attempted another pregnancy and today at age 44 my husband is still my solid rock and our animals are very happily our children.

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    1. @ Jennifer - thank you for sharing your story. That must have been a very difficult time and I am so happy to hear that you and your husband and animals are doing well now. I've heard that up to 25% of HG sufferers choose to terminate their pregnancies, and now that I know more about the illness from first-hand accounts, I hope that I am able to support any friends who suffer from it.

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    2. @Jennifer - I admire you for sharing such a personal story.

      Charlotte, thank you for educating us on the subject.

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    3. @jennifer thanks for surviving & sharing your story. I can't make babies, but I believe that HG is as horrid as survivors report. My pup pup is like my kid, also.

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  24. If Kate does have twins, I think this will be her first and only pregnancy. Many women who have HG chose never to get pregnant again, and as her 'job' is to produce an heir and spare, there will be no reason to go through this again. I recall William stating too that he only wanted 1 child.

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    1. Oops. I mean 2 children.

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    2. Even if Kate does not have twins, I do not think that she should feel obligated to produce a "spare."

      Lynn

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  25. I've seen first hand how sick one can be from HG. My sister in law suffered with HG during all four of her pregnancies. She is a pediatrician , so she had a good understanding of the illness and very good treatment. She was hospitalized briefly with the first two pregnancies and then with the last two, she was able to use an IV at home, and run fluids through it twice a day. Her HG lasted throughout her pregnancy, but it improved gradually as time went on. Still, she had four children on purpose. I just want to encourage people that people can through this dreadful illness and go on to have more children. Realistically, I suspect Kate might want to rest through the majority of her pregnancy.

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  26. I should add that my sister in law is and was a thin woman and all 4 of their children are perfectly healthy. They are ages 11, 9, 6 and 4 years. Despite mom's HG, all is well.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.13 December 2012 at 02:24

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      That was very encouraging news to share. It sounds like there is a lot of help out there for those who suffer from HG. I don't say that to minimize anyones suffering. Just glad there is some help.

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    2. Your sister is amazing to have endured HG four times. Bless her.

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  27. thanks for the info charlotte i pray for the duchess and her baby loving jenifer story people inspire specially the hg

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  28. Hello Charlotte. Your wonderful blog is a real lift to the spirits. You are a real treat. Thank you, and thank you for reading all the messages it must be really difficult some days. 1st I thought the coat Kate wore for her primary school was beautiful and much lovelier than the original McQueen version (I wonder if her child will also go to that school to start with?). 2nd How miserable Kate and Will must be feeling not to have been able to enjoy a few quiet weeks celebrating her pregnancy with their family and close friend. 3 How miserable she must be feeling to be so sick (I found it bad enough with "normal" morning sickness UGH!)and helpless because I bet she loves running the house cooking and being a normal wife; she won't be able to be with William once he's back at work. 4.The press and the tragedy surrounding that poor nurse. What a start to what should be such a joyous time. And finally thank you to Phillip for sharing his story with us. It was brilliant.

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  29. Simone from Germany12 December 2012 at 19:44

    Hey Charlotte,
    Thanks for all the update about Kate! Really hope she gets well soon!
    It would be great if you could post something about Williams visit at the Hobbits premiere!!

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  30. Sarah from Calif.14 December 2012 at 01:11

    Charlotte you must be busy because we haven't heard from you. I hope you are resting and enjoying the holiday season. Looking forward to seeing the Hobbit with my family (Lord of the Rings) fans. Must watch (Christmas Carol) for the 25th time such a classic. Relax and enjoy a nice glass of egg nog.

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    1. Hello Sarah :)

      Just published a post on the premiere and other news.

      I do so hope you enjoy The Hobbit, I am very much looking forward to seeing it, The Lord of the Rings was wonderful :)

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  31. thanks for sharing.

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