Opinion: The Duchess of Cambridge should take up a patronage related to Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Royal Central’s Europe Editor, Brittani Barger, explains why she thinks the Duchess of Cambridge should take up a patronage related to Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s struggle with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) has been well documented. It forced her to reveal her three pregnancies with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and now baby number three earlier than the usual period of waiting until the crucial 12-week mark. With Prince George, she was even hospitalised for a time to help her recover. During her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte and current pregnancy, she was able to be cared for from the comfort of home at Kensington Palace.

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? It is severe morning sickness with nausea and vomiting that can lead to severe dehydration and weight loss (up to 5% of the woman’s pre-pregnancy weight). It is a debilitating illness that can lead to hospitalisation to receive IVs and medication. 

Since Catherine has suffered now three times with this debilitating condition, I think it would be an excellent cause for her to take up. She would be able to relate to the other women suffering from HG and be able to provide support to them by telling her story.

A good patronage for Her Royal Highness to take up would be with Pregnancy Sickness Support which works directly “to improve care, treatment and support for women suffering from Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) and the severe form of the condition; Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG),” according to their official website. Since this is directly tied to a condition she too suffered from, it would be a great way to show support to other women who have and are going through a similar situation.

You can learn more about them at their website, here.

After doing a bit of research, as far as I’m aware there are currently no royals working in support of this particular organisation or the topic. Would it not be great for the Duchess to lend her support to the cause as she also suffered from the condition?

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About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.