Kate Middleton Is Suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Her Third Pregnancy
The Duchess of Cambridge is currently receiving treatment at Kensington Palace.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be getting another sibling in the Spring (yay). "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April," Kensington Palace said in a statement Tuesday.
The royal couple announced their pregnancy last month after Kate Middleton was forced to cancel an engagement due to complications with her health. She was suffering from the same condition she had during her first two pregnancies: hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child," the statement read. "The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."
"As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum," it continued. "Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London today. The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."
HG is known as an extreme form of morning sickness and usually leads to "extreme nausea and vomiting," according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. While 85 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness, only 2 percent have HG, reports Parents. (See a doctor if you can't keep down food or liquids for an extended period of time.) The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but it's believed to occur because of the rapidly rising blood level of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin.
Kate was first hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum in December 2012 when she was pregnant with her son Prince George and again in September 2014 when she was expecting Princess Charlotte. Until recently, she was being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace, hoping to keep her nausea and vomiting under control.
Her husband, Prince William, spoke publicly about his wife's pregnancy for the first time during a mental health conference in Oxford, England last month. He announced that welcoming baby number three was "very good news" and that the couple was finally able to "start celebrating," according to Express. He also added that "there's not much sleep going on at the moment."
His brother Prince Harry was also asked how Kate was feeling during an engagement and said: "I haven't seen her for a while, but I think she's okay," according to the Daily Express.
Congratulations to the royal couple!