Kate Middleton Uses Hypnotherapy for Acute Morning Sickness

May 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy hit the headlines in a frenzy of publicity when she was admitted to hospital in London in her first trimester suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. Though morning sickness is common, Kate’s condition was rare and much more severe. Whilst 70 to 80 percent of women get morning sickness during pregnancy just 1 to 2 percent of women experience hyperemesis gravidarum, which involves more than just an upset stomach but may also include an extreme and persistent feeling of nausea, along with vomiting, which can lead to dehydration.

There are reports that Kate turned to hypnotherapy to help remove negative thoughts she had towards food and replace them with cravings for healthy, nutritious food.

Studies have found encouraging results in hypnotherapy as a treatment, and anecdotal evidence suggests that hypnotherapy can indeed help women that find themselves in a similar situation, especially when so few treatment options exist for acute morning sickness.

Hypnotherapy relaxes the mind, which allows the subject to be more open and receptive to positive suggestions. Since morning sickness conditions the brain to associate food with nausea, hypnotherapy could recondition that response by changing the way somebody thinks about food. Rather than saying you’re going to get nauseous, you’re saying the food you see from this point on is going to be very nutritious, it’s going to taste good and it’s going to lead to a healthy, positive pregnancy.

Who knows, Kate may well be continuing with hypnotherapy as her pregnancy progresses, as she blooms so very healthily!