Given the Gawker mandate to be glib and ruthless, whether or not they know what they’re talking about, I won’t pretend to be shocked by a dashed-off remark in Monday’s post on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy:
The Palace also reported that Kate was admitted to the hospital today with “hyperemesis gravidarum,” which is what they call regular old morning sickness when you are a princess.
Nor, for more or less the same reasons, was it surprising to watch the ladies of “The View” dismiss the duchess’s condition with a flurry of bubbly interruptions, ignoring a nurse’s earnest response to Barbara Walters’ half-hearted question about whether HG is serious: “It can be,” the nurse said sheepishly. (In an open letter to the duchess, HG sufferer Betsy Shaw gives Kate “permission to slap” Walters.)
I have no idea whether Kate has HG or not. But the fact remains that it can be a brutal, crippling condition that goes largely ignored and untreated, partly due to its overlap with ordinary pregnancy sickness and partly to our attitude toward suffering and the suffering of pregnant women in particular. As Atul Gawande noted in an indispensable 1999 New Yorker piece on nausea and vomiting, “A surprising number of doctors still believe in the discredited Freudian theory that hyperemesis is due to an unconscious rejection of pregnancy.” Little seems to have changed since the last century — or the one before, for that matter. Keep reading »
Royal-watchers are ravenous for news about the forthcoming progeny of Prince William and wife Kate, so E! and other sites take a look at what life will be like for the soon-to-be third in line to the British throne:
- He or she will be welcomed with tolling bells, cannons, and bonfires. Yes, really.
- His or her last name will be the same as William’s. Which is Mountbatten-Windsor, for those not in the know.
- If she’s a girl, her name will probably include “Diana.” But it most likely won’t be her first name, just one of many, the Atlantic Wire points out. Europe’s largest betting firm is already taking bets, reports People. Read more…
The Duchess of Cambridge and I haven’t always seen eye to eye when it comes to fashion, but I’ve come to respect her more subdued style — and I understand that she’s got to rep for England, the Queen and British designers, so she’s got to be a bit more conservative than I normally like.
Now that she’s preggers, she’s going to have a whole new bunch of wardrobe challenges to contend with. That’s why we’ve assembled this collection of maternity-wear dos and don’ts, especially for the princess.
Hooray! Kate Middleton is pregnant! Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince William and Duchess Catherine are expecting, after months of tongue-wagging every time she wore a baggy dress, wouldn’t eat peanuts, or sipped a glass of water. The confirmation came after Kate Middleton was admitted to a London hospital this morning for severe morning sickness. Aw, even princesses get the pukes when they’re knocked up. The palace confirmed Kate will stay in the hospital for several days. The new baby will be the first grandkid for both the royal family and the Middletons and will be third in line for the throne, regardless of his or her gender, after Prince Charles and Prince William. Congrats, Will and Kate. (Um, what do British people say in moments of celebration?) Cheers! Pip Pip! Tally ho! [The Today Show] [Image: Getty] Keep reading »