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Kate’s battle with severe morning sickness

Catherine suffered severe morning sickness but still managed to carry out royal engagements.Despite again suffering from severe morning sickness the Duchess of Cambridge has carried out a significant number of engagements in her third pregnancy.

Kate’s pregnancy was announced on September 4 last year, after she was forced to cancel an appearance at an event that day due to the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

At the start of all her pregnancies, Kate has suffered from the condition which causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine called ketosis.

But unlike her first pregnancy, when she was admitted to hospital and treated for a number of days, she did not need that level of care this time.

A few days after the announcement Kate missed Prince George’s first day at school as she was too ill to attend.

The Duchess made her first public appearance almost five weeks after her pregnancy was announced, attending a mental health reception at Buckingham Palace with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

She was well enough to later make a surprise appearance at a charity event at a London train station, where she danced on the platform with Paddington Bear.

The following day, Kensington Palace announced the Cambridges’ baby was due in April, interpreted as indicating the duchess’ 12-week scan had been held.

During January Kate appeared to be back in good health travelling with William to Norway and Sweden for an official visit.

Other high profile events as her baby bump grew included a Royal Foundation engagement with William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the launch of an expert panel to look at supporting children’s development in early years.

Kate bowed out of official duties with a flourish, attending two Commonwealth events before her maternity leave began.

She gave birth to a boy weighing 3.8kg on April 23.

Australian Associated Press

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