Ask any mom who has been on bed rest during a pregnancy, and they’ll tell you it’s no picnic. While reclining in bed all day might be the stuff of dreams as you chase a rowdy toddler through the house, the reality is far less glamorous. Most of us mere mortals rely on books, movies and downloadable games to pass the time. Some of us even try to work from home, when we can. Catherine, however, as a member of the royal house of Windsor might have other plans.
Kate’s condition, Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), is more than just run of the mill morning sickness. According to Webmd.com, it is a rare disorder. HG is “characterized by severe and persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.” The condition can result in dehydration, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and weight loss. Kate was hospitalized, presumably, to receive treatment for symptoms and ensure she was adequately nourished.
Rest, Rest and More Rest
Usually very active with charity projects and traveling, often on behalf of the crown, Kate will have to adjust to a very different lifestyle while suffering from HG. One UK based organization, Pregnancy Sickness Support, says of HG on their website that the key is to rest. Even when feeling better, sufferers should not push themselves to take up their daily activities right away. They also recommend avoiding the triggers of nausea – which are unique to each sufferer – and taking advantage of limited moments of hunger to eat and hydrate.
Even when Kate is feeling a little better, she likely won’t be able to partake in her favorite recreational sports. The official website of the Duke and Duchess lists Kate’s favorite activities as hill walking, tennis, sailing and swimming. Less physically demanding pastimes include the arts: specifically photography and painting.
Of course Kate will have plenty of access to entertainment like books, movies, downloadable games and television. One would assume that her sister, Pippa Middleton, will also visit occasionally to help pass the time. The Duchess could also work on projects for the many charities she is involved in. Public events may not be possible, but planning events and working on the many causes she takes an interest in could keep her feeling useful and productive.
The Duchess is a Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry which has, according to their website, three main areas of focus:
- Armed Forces – promoting the welfare of veterans and those currently serving.
- Young People – building skills, confidence and aspirations of children in the UK and worldwide.
- Conservation – global preservation of natural resources.
If that doesn’t sound like enough to keep one busy, the Duchess is also a patron of four other charities and a volunteer with the Scout Association and other groups as the opportunity arises.
Will Kate find opportunities to continue her charity work and work on behalf of the crown from behind closed doors? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain. As the expectant mother of the heir to the British throne, she will be well looked after.
Authored by: Cat Nieves, Cat’s made it her mission to incorporate social media and fashion as a genre all its own. She’s a real technista.