The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during the first trimester of her pregnancy with Prince George, now 14 months old. It’s a serious form of morning sickness – nausea, vomiting, intolerance to food and water. Now pregnant with her second child, due April 2015, Middleton is reportedly suffering from it again. Her HG forced her to withdraw from a number of public appearances. Although it appears the Duchess is now on the mend.
As many as 2 percent of pregnant women get hyperemesis gravidarum which may result in the woman losing 5 percent or more of her pre-pregnancy body weight in the first trimester. Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë is said to have suffered from HG – she died in 1855 while four months pregnant.