Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William made their first public appearance last week after the royal couple announced they were having a third child. Despite having a condition which causes her to have severe morning sickness during pregnancy, Kate showed up to World Mental Health day anyway, like a champ. Despite overcoming her pregnancy sickness to go to the event, the people of the Internet were quick to pick apart her appearance. Folks, this is why we can't have nice things.
Kensington Palace announced the royal pregnancy on September 4th, but Kate hadn't made a public appearance until last week.
The royal press release announced the pregnancy and said that she could not attend an event due to a condition she has, Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The official release said,
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child. The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news. As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Honrsey Road Children’s Centre in London today. The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace.
Most people wait until later in their pregnancy to make an announcement, but the Duchess announced hers early in order to explain why she couldn't make this event.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum occurs in just two percent of pregnancies. Women who have already had the condition or have relatives with the condition are more likely to experience it again.
Women with this condition often have to stay in a hospital for at least some time during their pregnancy.
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A doctor told US Weekly that this condition causes persistent nausea and vomiting, which in turn can cause malnourishment and dehydration.
Dr. Sherry Ross said about the condition, “Eating and drinking is a nightmare. The thought, smell, or sight of food can bring on nausea or vomiting. Women suffering from [the condition] can feel depleted, exhausted, and depressed.”
Despite battling the condition, which can last throughout an entire pregnancy, Kate showed up to World Mental Health day last week.
The reception honored people that have worked in the mental health sector in the UK. The Kensington Palace Instagram Account posted pictures of Kate looking pensive and pleasant alongside Princes William and Harry.
Anyone who has battled the urge to throw up in public (conditions notwithstanding) knows that keeping a pleasant face while nauseated is no easy task.
Despite Kate’s grit and easy demeanor, people started criticizing her for being too thin after Kensington Palace published the photos. You will not believe what they said.