The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are having a baby, it was announced today. Catherine was this afternoon taken to King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness and is expected to be kept in for several days. She was admitted only as a precautionary measure. In a statement on their website, the couple said they are 'delighted with the news'.
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Royal sources said that while the couple are happy, they are also nervous because the pregnancy is in its very early stages and added it would not have been announced at this time had it not been for the fact that she had been taken to hospital.
The Duchess is said to be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum - a rare and debilitating condition that hits women in the earliest stages of pregnancy, causing severe vomiting. It could be a sign that the Royal couple are expecting twins, experts said.
'The condition – although unpleasant - poses no harm to mother and baby as long as it is treated, as your baby will take the nutrients it needs from your body – it's the mum that suffers more,' Jules Robertson, a midwife for the baby charity Tommy’s said. Senior Royal sources say there was no way they would have announced the pregnancy at this stage had she not fallen ill. They are happy but are very nervous because it is so early in the pregnancy, the source added. Kate's slim figure is not a reason why she has become poorly. But it can be a hereditary condition, meaning it is fairly likely that a close relative like her mother or grandmother could have suffered from the illness and she may get it again in future. Professor Tim Draycott, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: 'It definitely does seem to run in families, and in consecutive pregnancies. It is possible someone in her family has suffered with it in the past. 'We know it's not a psychological illness - it is not a sign of mental weakness. 'It does seem to be slightly more common in women expecting twins.