Kate's public condition is a real service to womankind
When baby Princess Charlotte was born earlier this month to Kate and William, the world's media reported it with the usual sunny response to such events. As Victor-Hugo noted in his famous poem, Lorsque l'enfant parait, everyone loves the appearance of a baby. It's a good news story.
And yet, the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, has also done a real service to womankind by the thoroughly unpleasant experience she endured before giving birth to both her children: that is, publicly suffering from the acute form of morning sickness with the medical name of hyperemesis gravidarum.
Most women experience a little nausea or some odd reactions to food and drink when they become pregnant. Throwing up in the morning is usual. The smell of coffee or the taste of wine may become suddenly repugnant.