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The intense excitement surrounding the news that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, has a royal bun in the oven is dulled only by the fact that the poor mom-to-be is suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, severe and persistent morning sickness that often leads to dehydration.
While nausea and vomiting are all too common in early pregnancy -- up to 85 percent of moms-to-be are affected -- hyperemesis gravidarum only occurs in less than 2 percent of pregnancies, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Along with having the pukes all the time, other symptoms include losing 5 percent or more pre-pregnancy weight, extreme fatigue, low blood pressure and headaches.
The crazy part? It's thought that this type of morning sickness is brought on by a boost in hormone levels which could be due to (wait for it...) multiple babies! Yes, it could be royal twins! ACOG notes that women who are carrying more than one baby are more susceptible to the condition. (The organization also states that having a mom or sister who had hyperemesis gravidarum or carrying a baby girl also ups your chances, but still! Still!) And then, of course, it would mean only a moment's difference between the baby who inherits the throne, since the first-born of either gender will become next in line.
While Duchess Kate is reported to be in the hospital for treatment and likely receiving IV fluid and nutrition, most cases of run-of-the-mill morning sickness don't require a trip to the hospital. If you've got the baby vomits, here are a few things you can do:
Try Ginger A study out of Australia found that eating ginger reduces both nausaa and vomiting in early pregnancy. Ginger candy, (real) ginger ale or ginger tea anyone?
Sniff a Lemon Whether you smell it, suck it or lick it, a lemon can calm a queasy belly. The refreshing smell and tart taste work together to ease nausea.
Try Acupressure A full 71 percent of ladies with morning sickness felt relief with acupressure, according to a study out of Norway. To get relief try PsiBands, an acupressure bracelet available at most drugstores.
Get Bland Ditch the exciting food for now and de-flavor your palate with lots of hum-drum foods. It seems that many moms-to-be find bland and starchy foods help to curb morning sickness. Think: Crackers, plain yogurt, Cheerios and bananas.