Royal Babies

Hurrah! Kate and Wills will welcome their third child to the House of Windsor to join bonny Prince George and cute-as-a-button Princess Charlotte.

Expected in the early months of 2018, the Prince or Princess will arrive with a fanfare, paparazzi and a wide range of tea towels, mugs, plates and royal memorabilia to mark the occasion. It also means that happy go lucky Prince Harry will be pushed back to sixth in line for the throne.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s morning sickness has made headlines around the world and the term, hyperemesis gravidarum, is now almost as well-known as her high street fashion labels and her glossy, chestnut flowing locks.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is from the Greek word hyper-, meaning excessive, and emesis, meaning vomiting. Gravidarum is Latin and refers to a pregnant woman.

Dehydration and malnutrition are features of this hospital-admitting condition and, although rare, it can affect as many as 2% of pregnant women.

Simple measures may help overcome the nausea of pregnancy and keep you, and your baby, hydrated and nourished.

Raspberry leaves have traditionally been used to alleviate nausea and tone the uterus during pregnancy. It also rich in iron and can help to increase milk production when breast feeding.

Raspberry leaves are the pale green leaves produced by the raspberry plant Rubus idaeus.  The ancient Greeks and Romans are said to have used red raspberry leaves for treating a wide variety of ailments, most notably for female reproductive health.

The dried leaves taste nothing like raspberries and have a more earthy flavour. If using the tea to prevent or alleviate nausea, it may be better to drink it as a cordial, with ice and fresh lemon or orange juice squeezed into it.

Ginger is also proven effective in fighting nausea. The most studied of all herbal medicine in providing relief from nausea, ginger can be taken as a tea, herbal tincture, as a lozenge or a crystallised sweet.

Ginger has been shown to significantly reduce the nausea, cold sweats and vomiting associated with pregnancy by exerting an influence on the digestive tract which is still not fully understood and it can be taken as a preventative on a daily basis.

Morning sickness should be treated seriously. Consult your health care practitioner and GP before taking any herbal remedies during pregnancy.