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Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Reason Why Kate Middleton Didn’t Gain Weight During Pregnancies?

Kate Middleton suffered a medical condition while she was pregnant with her three kids, but it was also the reason why she didn’t gain weight throughout her pregnancies.

Every royal fan must have known by now that the Duchess of Cambridge managed to pose for photos outside of the Lindo Wing just a few hours after giving birth to her children. She did so when she gave birth to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Unlike many other moms who struggle with weight gain after giving birth, Middleton always looked radiant and fit following her three pregnancies, and it’s all because she suffered hyperemesis gravidarum in all three of her pregnancies.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and weight loss. Its manifestations tend to vary, with mild cases only requiring rest, dietary changes and antacids. For severe cases, one might need to stay in the hospital and obtain sufficient nutrients from IV fluids.

In Middleton’s case, she only suffered from the severe form of the condition during her first pregnancy with Prince George. She had to stay in the hospital at the time because the symptoms were quite intense, according to Forbes.

For her second pregnancy with Princess Charlotte and third pregnancy with Prince Louis, Prince William’s wife only suffered the mild case, but she had to step away from her royal engagements just so her overall health wouldn’t be compromised.

Experts believe that hyperemesis gravidarum is caused by the rapid spike in the hormones estrogen and human chorionic gonadotropin during pregnancy. The condition tends to occur during the first trimester, as per Cleveland Clinic.

Because women who suffer the condition vomit more than three to four times a day, they easily become dehydrated, feel dizzy and lose more than 10 pounds. Having said this, the condition is very likely the reason why Middleton didn’t struggle with weight gain despite having three pregnancies.

Keck Medicine of USC assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology Sara Twogood told NBC News that about 0.5 to 3 percent of pregnant women suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. This means around 100,000 women in the U.S. suffer from this condition yearly.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge talks to a young girl in a children's cancer ward as she visits Sainte-Justine University Hospital, in Montreal, Canada. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge talks to a young girl in a children's cancer ward as she visits Sainte-Justine University Hospital, in Montreal, Canada. The Prince of Wales.gov.uk

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