Kate Middleton: The Princess and the Puke
By Sara Butler
Have you heard that there’s another royal baby on the way? Princess Kate, bless her, is having baby number three, which I think is rather brave considering that she suffers from a condition called “hyperemesis gravidarum.” For you laypeople in the back, that means a pregnant woman pukes. A lot. Possibly throughout the entire pregnancy.
I say she’s brave because in the two times I’ve produced little humans, just nausea and the handful of times I lost my lunch were enough to make me limit myself to just two offspring. Imagine being constantly sick in the public eye while needing to look like a put together human being who doesn’t wear sweatpants as a uniform and must attend official state dinners in which the royal food makes you feel queasy as you’re trying your hardest not to puke on the Sultan of Brunei. You can see how Kate Middleton is a friggin’ hero.
The truth is that as charmed a life as Princess Kate seems to lead (royal status, smokin’ hot husband, a diamond crown she wears in public for legit reasons not related to Halloween), she’s pretty unlucky when it comes to the pregnancy puking. That’s because this condition only happens in about 1 of every 200 pregnancies. So, while it’s not uncommon for you to be a little green around the gills in the first trimester of your pregnancy, it is unusual to have it happen excessively.
Now, I don’t know Kate’s stance on chiropractic care, but if you’re pregnant, nauseous, and puking (or even if you’re just pregnant), then you should look into making your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic your best friend. Here’s how they can help.
What Causes All the Puking?
Hyperemesis gravidarum isn’t just morning sickness – it’s so much more. Regular morning sickness is caused by a surge of hormones in the very early weeks of pregnancy, usually before six weeks, that help your body prepare to grow a baby. The hormones are to blame for nausea and vomiting you may experience. The good news is that morning sickness is an indication that things are on the right track and a healthy, hormone-supported placenta is being made.
So how is hyperemesis different? Well, if morning sickness is Bruce Banner, then hyperemesis is the Incredible Hulk. It’s morning sickness amplified and can last far beyond just the first trimester. It can make you vomit so much that you can’t get proper nutrition, you can become dehydrated, and you can lose weight. It’s serious, so make sure you speak to a healthcare professional if you suspect you’re following in Princess Kate’s royal footsteps.
Luckily, no matter if you’re suffering from textbook morning sickness or hyperemesis, the chiropractors at The Joint may be able to help ease some of your symptoms.
How Chiropractic Helps
While you may associate your chiropractor with back or neck pain, they’re really qualified to help with a lot more! They can help you with morning sickness by:
- Helping relieve nausea and vomiting – Chiropractic adjustments may not eliminate the problem altogether, but chances are you’ll feel better once your central nervous system is back to normal, helping your hormones to regulate on their own.
- Mending other issues caused by vomiting – Spending all that time perched over the porcelain throne in your bathroom isn’t glamorous or good for your back. Hunching over a toilet bowl can cause posture problems that lead to even more complications, such as headaches or neck problems. A chiropractic adjustment can help to soothe your upper body and keep your posture healthy.
- Improving your overall emotional and physical health – Pregnancy is taxing, both physically and emotionally. Channeling Linda Blair from The Exorcist takes an even larger toll. Let your chiropractor help you to feel better by offering nutritional advice, exercise recommendations, and stress reduction strategies. A solid plan to help you address emotional and physical health challenges during pregnancy can help you feel better.
Personally, I appreciate Princess Kate for keeping pregnancy real. Sure, she may actually put on makeup and pants to leave the house, but just like the rest of us, she struggles. Hopefully, she has a team of royal doctors – including a chiropractor – who can help. As far as you’re concerned, you don’t need to be royalty to get the royal treatment at The Joint Chiropractic!
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