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Hospital for pregnant duchess

A senior obstetrician has explained why the Duchess of Cambridge has needed hospital treatment for morning sickness.

A statement from the British Royal family has explained that the Duchess, formerly Kate Middleton, is suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum and is in the early stages of pregnancy.

She was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital, London, for treatment.

Daghni Rajasingam, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: "Symptoms can include persistent vomiting, dehydration, tiredness and dizziness. When these symptoms are severe, admission to hospital may be needed for observation and to treat dehydration with intravenous fluids, however, this usually only means a few days in hospital.

“The best advice for anyone suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum is to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluid.

“The condition usually subsides by week 12 of pregnancy and with early diagnosis and treatment, there is no reason why we shouldn’t expect a healthy pregnancy."

When born, the baby will be third in line to the British throne, whether it is a boy or a girl, as new laws have placed the Queen's male and female heirs on an equal footing for the first time.

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