Princess Kate Middleton is officially pregnant and the whole world is watching. She was hospitalized for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (a condition that causes severe vomiting) which was the right thing to do. She will not be sent home inappropriately because she does not have insurance. Nor will she have to worry about finding a physician, because she has not only one physician but two: a “royal” gynecologist and an obstetrician, both of whom are men I might add.
According to the Los Angeles Times, all of the morning shows have already sent journalists to camp in front of her hospital door. What on earth they expect to find is beyond me. The woman is only 6 weeks pregnant for goodness sake. Have they no shame? If Kate asked for my professional advice regarding her pregnancy, here’s what I would tell her:
- Your first trimester will be a little rough because of the morning sickness but the vomiting is actually Nature’s way of preventing you from eating harmful foods as your baby’s vital organs, especially the central nervous system and the brain are developing.
- Please don’t ignore any signs of bleeding. No bleeding is normal during pregnancy, contrary to what you might hear people say.
- Obstetrics is a specialty of the unexpected, contrary to what that infamous book might say. You could have a “normal” pregnancy and have a C. Section for a delivery if the baby develops fetal distress. And by the way: a C. Section is not a failure. It is the fastest way to deliver a baby who’s “in trouble,” in order to avoid it becoming brain damaged as a result of not receiving enough oxygen during labor.
- By the same token, please don’t ask for a C. Section “on demand.” A vaginal delivery is the safest route as long as the baby is tolerating labor.
- Please take your diabetes test. Almost 6% of pregnant women would go undiagnosed if they didn’t have it.
- Please don’t drink soda while you’re pregnant, it can contribute to a bladder or urinary tract infection.
- Please don’t ignore back pain that lasts for more than an hour. It could be a sign of premature contractions.
- After you’re 20 weeks, you feel the better begin to move. Always be aware of fetal movement. This might help prevent a stillbirth.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t “feel right,” let your doctor know immediately.
- Enjoy your first pregnancy. It’s a moment that will never come again.