Earlier this week, the Buckingham Palace confirmed Kate Middleton is pregnant. But the pregnancy won’t be that easy for the Duchess of Cambridge given her rare condition of acute morning sickness. But doctors say that’s a sign Kate Middleton could have twins.
Kate Middleton should have gotten used to all the attention, given she’s a princess, part of the royal family of England. But private life is going to get even harder to protect since she is pregnant. And from the looks of it, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy isn’t going to be just joy. The Duchess of Cambridge has a rare illness, that although isn’t dangerous it is challenging for a first time pregnant woman. On the plus side, her illness could be a sign the royal couple will have twins.
ABC News writes that Kate Middleton was diagnosed with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, which in other words means acute morning sickness. Dr. Ashley Roman with the New York University Langone Medical Center explains that pregnant women diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum commonly lose 10 pounds. To the child, this condition is posing only a minor risk.
Kate Middleton was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with acute morning sickness. “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” reads a statement issued by the St. James Palace.
While Dr. Ashley Roman says “it’s traditionally though that nausea and vomiting is a sign of a healthy pregnancy” most pregnant women will agree it’s not an easy thing to handle. Dr. Nancy Cossler with the Ohio University Hospitals, said Kate Middleton could have a hard time coping with her condition since “constantly feeling sick and puking is difficult”.
So why are doctors saying there’s a chance Kate Middleton could have twins? The condition the Duchess of Cambridge has been diagnosed with is believed to be the result of a high level of hCG, the human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a pregnancy hormone. That’s the case when there’s usually more than one baby. One study actually linked the acute morning sickness to women who were pregnant with twins.