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Kate Middleton's severe morning sickness: Queen's University expert

2012-12-07

Queen’s University obstetrics expert Ashley Waddington is available to comment on the severe morning sickness being suffered by Kate Middleton after it was confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant.  The Duchess is currently in hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

“The hyperemesis diagnosis for Duchess of Cambridge has led to speculation that she could be pregnant with twins,” says Dr. Waddington. “Multiple gestations are a known risk factor for HG, but there are other risk factors as well including: first pregnancy, family history of HG, female fetus, a woman who is prone to nausea in other situations such as motion sickness, and a history of acid reflux.  Because twin gestations are relatively rare, the majority of HG cases occur in women with singleton pregnancies.”

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