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Kate Middleton's pregnancy health is 'out of the woods'

9Honey logo 9Honey 9/10/2017 Kahla Preston
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The first months of Kate Middleton’s third pregnancy have been marred by extreme nausea, but a family source claims she’s now “out of the woods”.

It was announced last month that the Duchess of Cambridge was expecting her third child, and had been forced to withdraw from royal duties due to hyperemesis gravidarum.

The health condition, often referred to as ‘extreme morning sickness’, also struck during the 35-year-old’s first two pregnancies.

Speaking to E! News, a Middleton family insider says things are finally looking up for Catherine.

“She has such a rotten time during these early months,” the source claims.

“But she’s out of the woods now.”

The mother of Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, hasn’t been seen publicly since the pregnancy was announced by Kensington Palace on September 4.

However, her husband William alluded to her poor health at an event the following day.

“We just need Catherine to get over this first bit, then we can start celebrating next week,” the Duke of Cambridge said.

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“It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well.”

The Duchess is expected to make her first pregnant public appearance at a Buckingham Palace reception next week.

She is reportedly hoping to give birth to her third child at home in Kensington Palace - a desire that would harken back to an old royal tradition.

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Although Prince George and Princess Charlotte were both born in London’s St Mary’s hospital, as were Prince William and Prince Harry, royal babies were previously delivered in private residences.

All four of Queen Elizabeth’s children were born in her various homes, and Queen Victoria herself was born in Kensington Palace.

OK! Magazine reports Catherine’s hopes for her third baby’s arrival has sparked a surge in enquiries about home births.

Private Midwives, a UK home birth provider, claims they’ve seen a 44 per cent rise in interest in their services since the Duchess’ pregnancy was revealed.

“[With] many of the services she and other A-listers utilise becoming more readily accessible and affordable, we’re seeing expectant mothers being presented with more and more options,” a spokeswoman for the service has said.

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