10 Things To Freak Out About Now That Kate Middleton Is Pregnant
Is she having twins?! Is she buying maternity clothes?! LET'S ALL FREAK OUT IN A SEMI-ORGANIZED FASHION!
1. How is Kate feeling?!
The pregnancy is obviously epically wonderful news — the news we've been waiting for since Kate entered the media at all! — but the palace told the world in its statement:
The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.
This condition, hyperemesis gravidarum, is a serious one. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, "Hyperemesis gravidarum is extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that may lead to dehydration."
The cause of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is believed to be rapidly rising blood levels of a hormone called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is released by the placenta.
Extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can happen if you are pregnant with twins (or more) or if you have a hydatidiform mole.
Many experts believe that hyperemesis gravidarum is what took Charlotte Bronte's life at 38 years old in 1855. Treatment for the illness today includes small, frequent meals and plenty of dry food, lots of fluids, and medication to reduce nausea.
But wait did I gloss over something really important, now?