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Princess Kate hospitalized early in pregnancy

Princess Kate has been hospitalized with acute morning sickness
Princess Kate has been hospitalized with acute morning sickness
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In a statement released by the Royal Family on Monday came the announcement that Princess Kate and Prince William are expecting their first child. It was also announced that Princess Kate was admitted to the hospital in the early weeks of pregnancy.

"The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum," the statement read. "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."

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients. It is rare and accounts for about 2 percent of cases of morning sickness. It can cause dehydration and weight loss. The condition is sometimes found in mothers carrying twins, causing speculation on succession to the throne should there be two children born to the Duke and Duchess.

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