After weeks of suffering from extreme morning sickness, it seems like the former Kate Middleton may finally be on the up and up.
Her frequent bouts of sickness meant the Duchess of Cambridge missed her son’s first day of school back in September. Luckily, little Prince George had papa Prince William (and of course the royal guards) to accompany him instead.
But while speaking recently at London’s annual School Leaders Forum, Kate indicated she has indeed started dropping George off at school — and explained what it feels like to leave her child in the hands of strangers. “As a mother, just getting used to leaving my own child at the school gates, it is clear to me that it takes a whole community to help raise a child,” she said according to People. “Whether we are school leavers, teachers, support staff or parents, we are all in this together.”
Soon after news of Kate’s third pregnancy broke, it was revealed that she was ill, once again struggling with hyperemesis gravidarum — a rare and extreme form of morning sickness. While pregnant with her first child, George, Kate was hospitalized due to the debilitating condition. She also experienced HG while pregnant with Princess Charlotte. HG symptoms can last anywhere from a few weeks to until the final trimester. That said, we’re hoping we can take Kate’s recent public appearances as a good sign.
In many ways, it almost seems unfair to put HG and morning sickness under the same umbrella. Symptoms are extreme (e.g., vomiting dozens of times a day, severe dehydration, etc.) and can be dangerous if left untreated. As The Guardian stated in a 2014 story about HG, “the comparison of hyperemesis to morning sickness is like breaking your arm in several places and then being told you’ve just knocked your funny bone.” Sounds about right.