Kate Middleton hospitalized with extreme morning sickness: How bad was yours?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to announce their pregnancy a little bit early because Kate had to be hospitalized for extreme morning sickness.

From Good Morning America via Yahoo News: (Here is a link to today’s story.)

“Hyperemesis gravidarum, the reason newly pregnant Kate Middleton is in the hospital, is a rare but acute morning sickness that results in weight loss and accounts for about 2 percent of all morning sickness, doctors say. “

“The condition is sometimes associated with women having twins, experts said. “

“Women diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum have lost 5 percent of their pre-pregnancy weight, or 10 pounds, said Dr. Ashley Roman, a professor and OB/GYN at New York University Langone Medical Center. “

I posted several stories about the pregnancy and her morning sickness on the AJC Momania Facebook page, and one woman wrote on our FB page yesterday that Kate should “suck it up.”

While I do think a lot of moms do suck it up, but in this case according to the definition Kate has probably lost 5 percent of her body weight and is risking dehydration.

I was sick with all three pregnancies but my first was definitely the worst. Or at least it seemed the worst. I think with No. 2 and No. 3 you just know you’re going to feel awful and try to plan accordingly. Also I was home with each subsequent pregnancy where with No. 1 I was going to an office every day.

I do remember with No. 1 being at a work focus group. The bosses had very sweetly brought in food. However, the smell of it was making me feel so sick and all I ate was bread. My boss said later she knew that night I was pregnant even though I hadn’t told yet. She was a couple of weeks ahead of me and was finally feeling better where as I was still in the horrible stage.

Obviously because of Kate feeling so sick they had to announce earlier than they would have liked. Did you have to announce early because of bad morning sickness? Did you ever have to be hospitalized? Did you ever get dehydrated or lose too much weight? (I think my sis law lost weight at first. I never lost weight.) Should Kate suck it up or do you think it’s more severe than most of us have ever experienced?

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FCM

December 4th, 2012
11:29 am

I lost weight at first and gained it all back by 3rd trimester. I had morning sickness all through 2nd and 3rd trimester though. Only the first trimester was pleasant. I worked with both of mine and developed hypertension too.

I think that since Kate should do whatever she has too (and can afford too) to give the fetus(es?) a good start in life. If that means an IV to get fluids in her then do it. For me it meant a gatorade every morning at 9AM when the nauasea went away.

Phil from Athens

December 4th, 2012
11:32 am

I have no idea how I’ll sleep at night knowing that Kate is having morning sickness (sarcasm for the incredibly stupid).

Me

December 4th, 2012
11:34 am

I got food poisoning in my first trimester so I felt completely wretched. I had the trifecta of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea for several weeks. It seemed like I was on the BRAT diet forever. I still went to work, I just wasn’t as productive as I could have been. I also was missing up to 3 days per week.I had an understanding boss. I can’t believe someone said suck it up. Sucking it up is hard to do when you are gagging or vomiting constantly.

Nikki7

December 4th, 2012
11:41 am

I had to be hospitalized as well for my morning sickness. I was literally down to tossing the acid on my stomach, I couldn’t even keep water down. Even once I was released i had a pump (kinda like the ones diabetics have) pumping me with phenagren (sp) 24 hours a day for another couple of weeks. It was horrible.

Jessica Severino

December 4th, 2012
11:43 am

Everyone’s experience is different. We definitely shouldn’t give Kate a hard time about it. I was hospitalized for morning sickness & associated dehydration. The longest & worst sickness in the world!!!!!! A couple of days in the hospital with the IV was a great transition into ‘the easy’ 2nd trimester.

Mayhem

December 4th, 2012
11:49 am

I only got sick ONCE with the first child, from cateloupe. But, I developed an aversion to meats of all kinds. Lived on salads and mexican food. Finally ate beef in my 9th month, right before he was born.

Second and third child – breezy……no morning sickness, no aversion to anything!!!

my god she only pregnant i was awfull with my 2 girls sick all way through

December 4th, 2012
11:49 am

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Kristi Rendleman

December 4th, 2012
12:02 pm

I had 3 pregnancies in which I experienced extreme nausea and vomiting the entire pregnancies and lost between 20-30 pounds with each pregnancy (I weigh 140 pounds). Someone saying she needs to “suck it up” has obviously never experienced such misery. Noise, light, and smells exacerbate the nausea. Imagine having the worst stomach flu of your life for about 37 weeks with no relief. I could not keep down even a sip of water. I had IVs in the hospital as well as at home. Being dehydrated also made my blood pressure fall, and I would pass out frequently. This is not the average morning sickness where you feel nauseated and may throw up once or twice a day. I threw up at least 6-7 times every day. It was great fun! I feel terrible for Kate.

yuki

December 4th, 2012
12:03 pm

I feel pretty lucky as I never really had any morning sickness for either of mine. I always feel bad for those who do, especially if you are working.

Suck it up? seriously? That woman must never have been sick either to say something like that. Feeling sick is horrible.

Koolkids2

December 4th, 2012
12:07 pm

With my second pregnancy, I had morning sickness before I even knew I was pregnant. I lost my first pregnancy at 9 1/2 weeks, so we didn’t want to tell anyone until I was past my first trimester. I had to tell my boss because it was so bad. When I went outside, I could smell everything: bus fumes, asphalt…I even know when a person who had been drinking was in the area. It all made me nauseaus, but I never threw up. I was pretty much a vegetarian through about half of the pregnancy because the sight of raw meat of any kind made me ill. The morning sickness subsided at about four months, but then the heartburn took over. I had that for the duration of the pregnancy! Could have bought stock in Pepcid! My second pregnancy was almost identical except the heartburn was a bit more severe! Both pregnancies produced boys. Go figure!!

FCM

December 4th, 2012
12:20 pm

Oh milk got me…curdled in my stomach. I could eat cheese or ice cream though. Coffee…just the smell made me wish I was dead. I drink 2-3 LARGE cups of coffee usually. With baby #2 the minute coffee sounded gross I knew I was pregnant. As I mentioned I did lose weight but was lucky I was not a 6-7 times a day hurling.

Currently have the flu…stomach and coughing versions….so I feel for her. I really do.

However, whatever a mom does to get herself and her baby safe works for me. If that means hospitals that means hospitals.

SKM

December 4th, 2012
12:37 pm

Suck it up Princess! I vomited constantly throughout every single day of the first two trimesters of my first pregnancy, lost several pounds, suffered from excruciating migraines, couldn’t eat, think, drive, sleep…you name it. But oh wait… I SUCKED IT UP like the vast majority of women who have miserable pregnancies. We’ve had to make it to work, do the grocery shopping, maintain our households, do the laundry, cook dinner, & clean. Sweetie, you have staff to do all that for you. Excuse me if I’m laughing at the handling of “condition”. “Hospitalized” whatever. So over this British Royalty BS!

Casey

December 4th, 2012
12:46 pm

I felt the same way, lost 10 lbs – went down to 100. Made it back up to 112 for the birth. Was sick the whole way through both times.

Mary Ann Bond

December 4th, 2012
12:56 pm

My Mother had 4 pregnancies with severe problems of nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, odors etc. She also suffered from endometriosis & was a nurse. She could only keep down saltine crackers & baked potatoes in her 3rd trimester. She died 2 years ago @ the age of 99.
Give this joyous young woman some space. I hope she is able to physically enjoy some of her pregnancy.
Insensitive individuals should only experience that which she is going through.
MAB in PA

babs

December 4th, 2012
1:07 pm

As others have said, she needs what she needs, whether it is IV fluids, bed rest, whatever. I had no morning sickness with my first, and major with my second. Every case is different. I did lose a couple of pounds during the first trimester with both, made it up and way beyond with both. We are all different. I just hope she is eating well, when she gets out of the hospital. Not trying to watch her weight or anything. I’d hate to be in the spotlight like she is. Either people will say she is too thin, too fat, too something. Leave them alone.

Kelli

December 4th, 2012
1:07 pm

I’m as thin as Kate and I was getting morning sickness three weeks into my pregnancy. I was living off of ginger ale and saltines. For everyone who thinks Kate should suck it up and act like every other woman, you need to realize she’s carrying the heir to the monarchy. And she’s only in the first trimester. They’re just trying to make sure she doesn’t have any problems because this is one important baby. Sorry, moms, your kids are lovely, I’m sure, but they aren’t royalty.

xxx

December 4th, 2012
1:07 pm

My wife weighed 11 pounds less the day she gave birth than she did the day we found out she was pregnant. She had 24 hr morning sicckness.

Wow!

December 4th, 2012
1:09 pm

If you were not hospitalized for morning sickness, that means you weren’t sick enough to be hospitalized. Those that were (are) are just that sick. Where is the compassion!

Dum-Bass

December 4th, 2012
1:11 pm

Mine was pretty bad for both of ours……………and I wasn’t even the one who was pregnant!!!! It’s just like “sympathy pains” during labor. I had “sympathy nausea”. Every morning I would start heaving if I heard her heaving. Even threw up a couple of time. It got to the point I would actually get up earlier and go to work just to not be there when it started. Thank goodness, it only last about 2 months!!!!!!!!!! GEEZZZ, what men go through with for their wives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Izzy

December 4th, 2012
1:21 pm

I had one pregnancy that I was really sick…and lost at least 10% of my pre-pregnancy weight (I was hospitalized for dehydration). The other pregnancies, I had “normal” morning sickness which was worse in the early weeks like most mothers to be. The really sick pregnancy, the morning sickness never ended (even up to the day I delivered) Every smell, every taste, every movement just made me sick. Bless you Kate :)

who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men

December 4th, 2012
1:23 pm

My wife and I had to announce pretty early because we went to a friend’s house for a get together and she declined an offer for a drink. Everyone suspected instantly. When I declined a drink (as a show of solidarity to her throughout the pregnancy), then the jig was up.

jmb

December 4th, 2012
1:26 pm

When feeling the nausea, just smell of a black an white newspaper. My grandmother taught me that and worked great for me. I only had to use it with my girls though, not with my son. Sounds like Kate may be having a girl.

Goldengirl

December 4th, 2012
1:38 pm

I think you is going to be one very sick mommy for a while. First, we have to remember that the Duchess is already underweight. So, she can’t afford to not be able to eat or drink. As a result of not being able to take in fluids, she will become dehydrated. This is very dangerous. This can cause her to pass out unexpectantly and fall. Dehydration can cause one’s blood pressure to drop causing death. Normally, I might say suck it up. But, her situation is quite dangerous. I feel bad for her. I’ve been in the hospital twice for dehydration. One thing that has helped me “saltine crackers”. I eat them whenever I feel sick to my stomach. It will help keep things down. I know there are pills that can be taken nausea but I am not sure if one is pregnant. Poor her. I wouldn’t wish what she is going through on my anyone.

Goldengirl

December 4th, 2012
1:38 pm

I think you is going to be one very sick mommy for a while. First, we have to remember that the Duchess is already underweight. So, she can’t afford to not be able to eat or drink. As a result of not being able to take in fluids, she will become dehydrated. This is very dangerous. This can cause her to pass out unexpectantly and fall. Dehydration can cause one’s blood pressure to drop causing death. Normally, I might say suck it up. But, her situation is quite dangerous. I feel bad for her. I’ve been in the hospital twice for dehydration. One thing that has helped me “saltine crackers”. I eat them whenever I feel sick to my stomach. It will help keep things down. I know there are pills that can be taken nausea but I am not sure if one is pregnant. Poor her. I wouldn’t wish what she is going through on my anyone.

sharon

December 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

“jmb” I was sick with my boy and girl so I don’t think it means that. I was sick 24 hours a day up until 18 weeks both times. Nothing, absolutely nothing made me feel better. I felt like I wanted to crawl in a ball and die from the nausea. I never threw up. At about 18 weeks I felt and looked better than ever.

PS

December 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

I carried twins, and was never sick. Not once. I was shocked, actually. I had some food aversions (couldn’t stand the thought of eating chicken or Chinese food my entire pregnancy), but I never threw up.

jarvis

December 4th, 2012
1:43 pm

Detective Frank Drebin: “Protecting the Queen’s safety is a task that is gladly accepted by Police Squad. No matter how silly the idea of having a queen might be to us, as Americans, we must be gracious and considerate hosts.”

catlady

December 4th, 2012
2:00 pm

I had afternoon and evening sickness. Mornings never bothered me. By supper I had to go to bed so as not to smell anything.

I lost weight with all 3 preganancies. My smallest baby was 9 lbs 4 oz. I would come out of delivery 25-30 pounds lighter than before I got pregnant. It was great–I could eat anything and still the weight came off. My dr commented that it was too bad I couldn’t be pregnant all the time–I would be skin and bones.

Amazingly, I was never diagnosed with gestational diabetes, nor did I have trouble with blood pressure or swelling. And all three times I was huge in the summer! Just lucky I guess.

I am sure Kate will feel better soon.

D

December 4th, 2012
2:08 pm

Morning sickness is bad, I’ve been there, but Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a whole different ball game. You must be hospitalized or you can die. My sister was diagnosed with this during her first pregnancy just as Kate Middleton. The problem is that you can go from just not being able to hold food down to life threatening dehydration within a couple of hours. It happens so quickly. The vomiting is so severe, repeats every few minutes or so, and you become dehydrated and lose all your electrolytes. Losing electrolytes can stop your heart. These women have to be given IV’s to regain their electrolytes and hydration, usually go home with IV’s, and can be in and out of the hospital several times up to the first six months of their pregnancy. If your pregnant and feel you need medical attention, just go! It’s about your life, your baby’s life and no one else.

Don’t listen to someone else telling you to suck it up. Many women talk about themselves and their pregnancies like they’re a veteran of war. You’d think they would be a little more understanding and helpful, but for some reason they feel better when other women feel awful. Sort of a “hazing” if you will. There’s plenty of ill advice out there and this is not the time to listen to it.

Deborah Hollingsworth

December 4th, 2012
2:18 pm

Wow, the comments….. It takes me back to the ex in laws who treated me as if I wanted to lose 20 plus pounds, have shots daily and IVs when I was too weak to walk. I have 3 healthy children today and it was the by far the hardest time of my life, but there are woman who have not been blessed and suffer . Please seek medical intervention . I did not want to take drugs to help, but after passing out and big talk with my doctor I was able to get some relief Hugs to all of you who have suffered!!!!!! Glad the news of HG is getting around ,maybe it will bring understanding and compassion!!!!!

Techmom

December 4th, 2012
2:23 pm

I had terrible “all day” sickness for about 3 months. Went to the hospital twice for IV fluids, was given Phenergan and lost about 10 lbs (not good considering I only weighed 110lbs to begin with). But around 5 months it stopped (though I still felt nauseated by a lot of smells, the vomiting quit). Ended up gaining more than enough weight the last trimester though :)

I feel sorry for Kate and think it’s a good thing she has access to the medical care necessary to see her through this pregnancy (hopefully). I’m with D, I don’t get why other women are so hard on each other. We’re our own worst enemies, I swear.

missnadine

December 4th, 2012
2:25 pm

I see the martyrs are in full force today. I am referring to those who say ’suck it up” and then tell us how sick they got, with all the gory details.

JS

December 4th, 2012
2:28 pm

And people wonder why I dont want to get pregnant…

Techmom

December 4th, 2012
2:37 pm

@JS – so true. Kind of like talking to married people who complain about their spouses and then wonder why you aren’t married. Misery loves company!

But believe me, there are reasons why I only had 1. Some people have great pregnancies and deliveries… mine was not one of them. Oh and I can’t tell you how many people told me that I would ‘forget’ how bad it was and want another. Bahahahaha, apparently I have a pretty good memory! LOL

Jeff

December 4th, 2012
2:50 pm

I have occasionally felt nauseated when a woman has told me she was late. ;)

When we were preggos, my wife (at the time) still travelled for work. I should have gotten my massage therapy license if the form of one of those honorary degrees for all of the foot and leg massages I gave. Oh well.

Deborah Hollingsworth

December 4th, 2012
2:53 pm

One last comment….Saltine crackers, hypnosis, sea bands, gingerale, and ginger tea…..They did not work..Didn’t eat anything for 2 months…..Only time I didn’t throw up was the 5 hours after a shot, then all I did was sleep…..HG is ALL DAY SICKNESS…..A nibble or two on a saltine is not the answer…

jmb

December 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

Catlady – I had gestational diabetes with my 2nd but not the other two. You can drink water and gain weight when you have that. I was lucky to be small in the beginning though. I lost all of it 3 mths after she was born. All 80 pounds of it on top of my 105lbs.

Dawn

December 4th, 2012
3:15 pm

Trust me I feel for Kate! I too had extreme morning sickness all nine months. I would faint and vomit blood. I was given IV fluids and injections in my thighs to help the vomiting. There was little joy while expecting my babies. I only gained 5 pounds and by the time I gave birth I weighed 10 pounds less that when I became pregnant. I would rather go thru labor and delivery ten times than ever be that ill again.

motherjanegoose

December 4th, 2012
3:19 pm

There were days I felt bad but nothing extreme.

With my son, I was making beef stroganoff and just about finished, in the kitchen, when I ran to the bathroom and threw up. My husband came in behind me and said, ” Not sure I want to eat that stuff.!” Take it or leave it…that was what I had made and the smell just gotten the best of me. I was in my 1st trimester. I also got nauseous when my 2nd graders came back from PE. They had it around 1:30 and their sweaty smell used to do me in. No Febreeze or Wallflowers back them.

I do not remember being sick much at all with my daughter, so I am not sure if you get more sick with one sex or another.

joe

December 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

Mine was off the charts, but the 10 beers and 3 shots didn’t help I’m sure…

AT

December 4th, 2012
4:06 pm

I wish everyone would stop being so mean! Extreme morning sickness can be one of the worst experiences ever. I threw up 10-15 times a day for 4 months when I was pregnant with my first child and lost a ton of weight because I couldn’t even keep water down. With the second, it was even worse. I’m 7 months pregnant now and still throw up. Sure, she could “suck it up” and not go to the hospital, but that wouldn’t be responsible to herself or her baby. If her sickness is that bad, they could both be at risk for serious complications or even death. That’s great that she is being looked after and taking care of herself and her baby.

Shannon

December 4th, 2012
4:10 pm

I had what Kate is now experiencing. I vomited all day every day. I kept a cup in my car at all times because I didn’t know when I would have to vomit. I couldn’t even keep water down. I weighed 110 pounds when I got pregnant and weighed 95 pounds when I was finally admitted to the hospital. I stayed a week and was fed every two hours or whenever I told the nurse I was hungry. I was so happy to be able to eat. I had an IV that pumped medication for nausea so that I could keep food down. I had to gain back half the weight I lost and be able to keep all meals down before they would release me from the hospital. I was classified as high risk for the duration of my pregnancy. I had a 9 pound baby girl who is now 10 and does not have any siblings becasue my doctor could not guarantee that I would not experience it again with the next child.

.

December 4th, 2012
4:34 pm

I threw up multiple times every day for 5 months with my first child and that was with nausea medication. I lost 8 pounds in the beginning. I’m curerntly pregnant with #2, but so far so good. Still lost weight, but NO puking. Obviously, someone telling a pregnant woman to suck it up has never gone through extreme morning sickness.

Shafi

December 4th, 2012
5:17 pm

Well done Kate
From now on she can shut it up many stinky hols
Haha well done
Get well and bring us little Queen

Pregnant & Dehydrated? Seek Help.

December 4th, 2012
5:40 pm

I had my first two pregnancies at 19&21. With my first I lost over a stone in weight in the first 3 months. The sickness was so severe that movement, sound, smell, seeing virtually anything could make me retch. I wasn’t hospitalised because I didn’t complain about it. I was having severe sickness even through the 36hour labour.. Things were so bad I was put on IV fluids to get me through the labour. This was when the midwife asked how long this had been going on and was horrified that I hadn’t been treated because I had been having such severe dizzy spells that I had stopped driving. The sickness stopped immediately on the cord being cut. Not a second before.
With my second pregnancy I was admitted after collapsing due to dehydration t about 4months. I once collapsed outside a chemist at 7 months pregnant and was extremely disoriented, people ignored me like I was a drunk. I was on IV fluids for three days and spent most of the pregnancy carrying a lidded bucket around with me because the sickness was so bad. I gained no weight with the second pregnancy and had a 10lb baby boy.
I am now 5 weeks pregnant and 31 yrs old. The sickness isn’t as bad yet. I’m hoping it won’t be, my partner is preparing all the raw foods though as I start retching at the sight of raw meat or an egg. I cannot bare the sight of bread. Movement is problematic in the mornings leaving me retching until I have eaten scrambled egg – literally the only thing I can keep down until lunchtime. By the evening it’s terrible heartburn that keeps me awake for hours on end.
I can’t believe how nasty people can be, it doesn’t matter whether Kate is royalty, you don’t suck up a life threatening condition unless you are suicidal! If you are losing weight and dehydrated in pregnancy you seek medical help, that’s all there is to it.

MA

December 4th, 2012
6:28 pm

I feel for Kate. Best wishes to her and any woman who has gone through or is going through this. My first pregnancy I didn’t have much morning sickness but was very sick with the flu and bronchitis at the end of my first trimester. I couldn’t take anything and was hospitalized for three days with dehydration. My son was born with a rare bone disease and I asked if the sickness in my first trimester was the cause of it and they said no it was congenital. My second and last, I was sick from morning ’til night for the whole nine months. I could only eat peanut butter one teaspoon at a time. My daughter does not like peanut butter now. I also had gestational diabetes at the end of my second pregnancy and went blind in my left eye because of it. I was okay after she was born but was told no more kids. We were okay with it because we had one of each.

Misty

December 4th, 2012
6:55 pm

It amazes me at how mean and nasty people can be! She’s carrying a heir to the throne so they want to make sure she’s okay. Second, you don’t see many overweight English women, so of course people are going to comment on how ‘underweight’ she appears to be. American women are the FAT ones!! The royal doctor checked her out before they began trying and said she was fine. People need to stop acting like they are 8 and act like adults!

Patty

December 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

Suck it up?? Seriously?? That person obviously never suffered morning sickness the way I did. I couldn;t even keep water down. I lost 15 pounds in the first trimester alone. It lasted 4 months in my second pregnancy and the whole time in my first and I was severely dehydrated. It was miserable. Poor Kate. I have heard that morning sickness is a sign of a thriving pregnancy, so hopefully all the misery will bring them a healthy baby in the end.

Linda Prince

December 4th, 2012
8:16 pm

I’m a grandmother, but have never forgotten the horrific morning, afternoon, evening sickness that I experienced with all 3 of my children. Always at the 7th week of pregnancy – like someone switched a switch and the vomiting began. There was no name given at that time, but thankfully my husband and I were so thankful to have a baby that together with his much needed help we were willing to endure anything. In those days Bendectin was the prescription that helped slightly. I could keep a few bites of food down and my prenatal vitamin by 11 p.m. For those who think this is an exaggeration, let me add: 1) I never take anesthetics for dental work, including crowns; 2) I had total natural child birth with all 3 long, hard 24 hour labors; 3) I have passed kidney stones and had one surgically removed. No wimp here. My gynecologist said in earlier times I would have died from dehydration. Pray for Kate and the other 2% who experience severe, nearly uncontrollable nausea from pregnancy. For those of you who have normal morning sickness – be thankful!

Ann

December 4th, 2012
9:07 pm

I feel very sorry for Kate having this severe morning sickness AND being in the public eye. I too suffered.with both of my pregnancies. I was sick the entire 9 months .People would say “Oh you’ll only feel like crap the first 3 months” WRONG! I actually threw up at least 25 times a day every day. You only actually get something up the first 3 times. I would wretch until my insides hurt. There was no relief except sleep. The Doctor gave me suppositories which made me fall asleep almost instantly. I would eat dinner and my husband would carry me to bed and I would sleep 12 hours until I had to get up and go to work. No one understood. Everyone thought I Was just a woose. I used to carry a plastic bag around with me all of the time. People would ask me why I would carry a bag around with me. “You don;t want to know!” You can drive on the freeway and barf at the same time. Ever since then I NEVER take a close spot in front of a grocery store. I have been so sick I could hardly walk. The good thing is that both of my kids were super healthy and they NEVER Spit up Ever! Both kids never missed a day of school through 6th grade. That ALMOST made it worth it but those 9 months went on forever!