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Mary Shomon

Could Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Have a Thyroid Problem?

By December 3, 2012

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The big news from England is the pregnancy of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and wife to Prince William. According to reports, Duchess Kate has been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that causes dehydration and weight loss.

Many women, and even doctors, are not aware that some women develop hyperemesis gravidarum due to abnormal thyroid function during early pregnancy.

This condition, known
as Transient Hyperthyroidism of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or THHG, is the cause of the problem in a small percentage of women.

Symptoms include severe nausea, excessive vomiting, electrolyte disturbances, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, excessive salivation, lightheadedness, fainting, and infrequent urination.

Could the Duchess be suffering from an undiagnosed case of THHG? It's certainly possible, and we hope that her physicians are investigating this on her behalf.

Learn more about Transient Hyperthyroidism of Hyperemesis Gravidarum now.

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December 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm
(1) Escribe says:

I was hospitalized during each of my three pregnancies with those same issues. Each time. I lost 10 lbs before I was 3 months pregnant, and in the case of my first child, I had the extreme nausea until I was 4 1/2 months pregnant. I had thyroid disease as a child, RAI as a teen, then on dessicated thyroid for five years. We moved to a new city and I began on Synthroid. As my children grew (this is just an interesting aside) my two older children went into very early puberty, but my third child did not. I’ve often wondered if being on dessicated thyroid during pregnancies made a difference to how the older two developed.

December 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(2) Jenny Reid says:

Middleton is the Duchess’s maiden name. When she married Prince William she became Windsor.

December 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(3) Escribe101 says:

You are right. On the British news on PBS and other places, they correctly refer to her as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. But I’m sure we have freiends who we always think of as their pre-marriage names, years after the fact.

I just hope that no autoimmunity issues crop up for her, nothing like post-partum hypothyroidism, so common everywhere.

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