Kate Middleton: Pregnant With Twins?!

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Along with Monday's joyous announcement that Kate Middleton is pregnant came news from the palace that the Duchess is in the hospital with severe morning sickness.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a rare, acute morning sickness resulting in weight loss; it accounts for about 2 percent of all morning sickness, according to doctors.

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

Hyperemesis gravidarum is believed to be caused by higher levels of the pregnancy hormone, hCG; Extra hCG can often be brought on by carrying more than one fetus.

In other words, it could be a sign that Kate Middleton is pregnant with twins.

Although there's very little data to go on, one study showed that women carrying twins had a 7.5 percent higher risk of experiencing the acute morning sickness.

In any case, it poses little danger to the tiny heir(s), doctors said.

Women diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum often lose 5 percent of their pre-pregnancy weight, or 10 pounds, but it is not indicative of troubling complications.

It's traditionally thought that nausea and vomiting is a sign of a healthy pregnancy, even. That's not to say it isn't brutal for the mother-to-be to live through.

Dr. Nancy Cossler, an OB/GYN at University Hospitals in Ohio, said the condition does not cause loss of pregnancy or birth defects, but is torture to endure.

"The biggest problem with this is how it interferes with your life," Cossler said.

"Constantly feeling sick and puking is obviously unpleasant and difficult."

The extreme morning sickness is usually diagnosed about nine weeks into the pregnancy, and in most cases resolves itself by 16-20 weeks, according to experts.

Kate Middleton's pregnancy is likely around the 12-week mark at this time.

"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," St. James Palace said.

Prince William is at the hospital with Middleton, according to news reports.

If she were carrying twins, the first-born would be the heir to the throne, regardless of gender. One can imagine the twins fighting in the whom over that distinction!

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Rachel burgess

kate's face is a little plumper....but she is still absolutely beautiful... best wishes on your new addition

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@ Rachel Burgess

AS A MIDWIFE OF OVER 40 YEARS OF COURSE SHE WILL HAVE TWINS IF SHE HAD IVF> SHE IS SO SKINNY WHAT MAN WOULD WANT HER EXCEPT HER SO FEMANINE HUSBAND> HE IS A JERK HE MAKES MY SKIN CRAWL> I AM NOT ENGLISH SO LOOKING AT HIS BEHAVIOUR HE IS CERTAINTLY QUEER\. LIKE EDWARD WHO IS A HOMOSEXIAL> HIS KIDS DONT LOOK LIKE EITHER PARENTS

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hi hru nice pic

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i am really happy for will and kate everyone needs to respect their privacy!

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THe point is that she may not be healthy, with her frail frame--fighting in the whom? hahaha You really didn't have much to say in this article, did ya now. Positive is better. Pray for Dear Kate M. Peace

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Try "womb" for :whom", (rolling eyes at HG).

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Gee, Everyone is commenting on the twins, was there an official statement released from the palace that I missed? God bless them--everyone!....

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Congratulation, !! its' a proud and joy for all the Royal family.....best x'mas information ever....
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All the very best wishes to William and Kate.

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Best of wishes and best of health to the family in what is supposed to be a happy time. This condition is much more common than what is being said. It is also not indicative of carrying multiple babies. All it does say is that the woman is very sensitive to pregnancy hormones. I had this each time I got pregnant. Sadly, only one child survived it and on the last pregnancy I had to have an emergency abortion to save my life at 14 weeks. My doctor was thinking I was just out and out allergic to pregnancy hormones and that was why with each pregnancy, the illness was worse and came earlier with the last one being nearly lethal. Thankfully, the Duchess has the very best care available and both should pull through just fine. I shutter to think about what would happen to people with my condition in this day and time. Having no insurance or picking the wrong hospital could be a death sentence as what happened to the woman in Ireland a few months back.

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Regular morning sickness is bad enough without suffering this more serous type. Hopefully it won't last long.

Kate Middleton Biography

Royally Pretty Girl A celebrity gossip mainstay since at least 2006, Kate Middleton is Prince William's lady friend. These two dated off and on for many... More »
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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton
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