Thursday, December 06, 2012

Kate Middleton released from hospital: It's more serious than just morning sickness

Morning sickness. We all get it, right? It's estimated that 90 percent of pregnant women suffer some form of what is commonly known as morning sickness consisting of nausea and vomiting due to an increase in hormone levels during pregnancy.

Duchess Kate Middleton has taught the world that two percent of pregnant women develop acute morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum or, as one doctor put it, "morning sickness on steroids." Morning sickness in the extreme, it is a horrible, debilitating condition that causes excessive vomiting and severe dehydration that can be harmful to the mother and baby if not treated. As we learned with the Duchess, it can land expectant moms in the hospital.

Thankfully, after four days of treatment, Kate was released this morning and left with her husband, William. Here's wishing them well and something else that may be more difficult to obtain ... a little privacy away from the prying eyes of the world.

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