Kate and William – The Duchess is Pregnant
Congratulations to Kate and William. St. James’s Palace has announced that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby!
The Royal family and the Middletons, are said to be delighted.
Kate is thought to be less than 12 weeks pregnant, and has been admitted to King Edward VII hospital with acute morning sickness. Extreme morning sickness is also known as hyperemesis gravidarum and can need specialist treatment and a stay in hospital. One in fifty women are thought to suffer from extreme morning sickness and it is common in first pregnancies.
HG is unlikely to cause harm to your baby. However, if it causes weight loss during pregnancy there is an increased risk that your baby may be born with a low birth weight. If you are suffering from morning sickness or nausea see our remedies for morning sickness here.
Messages of congratulations
In a statement, St James’s Palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.
“The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
“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,” it added.
St James’s Palace refused to be drawn on when the royal couple became aware of the pregnancy, only saying “recently”.
Asked about having children in an interview after their engagement in November 2010, William said: “I think we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ll get over the marriage thing first and then maybe look at the kids, but obviously we want a family.”
Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter that he was “delighted by the news”, adding: “They will make wonderful parents.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband tweeted: “Fantastic news for Kate, William and the country. A royal baby is something the whole nation will celebrate.”
A spokesman for the Royal Air Force (RAF), with which William serves as a search-and-rescue pilot, said: “The RAF is delighted with the news and wishes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all the best for the future.”
William’s uncle Earl Spencer, the brother of Princess Diana, said the pregnancy was “wonderful news and I am thrilled for them both”.
The White House also paid tribute.
President Barack Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney said: “On behalf of everyone here… beginning with the president and first lady we extend our congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the welcome news we received from London that they are expecting their first child.”
Morning Sickness help
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