MANY aspects of Princess Diana’s life are well-known from her troubled marriage to her battle with bulimia.
But Princess Diana also battled terrible morning sickness while pregnant with her first child, Prince William, which was so bad that nearly every time she stood up “she was sick”.
Millions watched her wedding to Prince Charles in July 1982, and by October that year she was pregnant.
In a book by Andrew Morton, Diana, Her True Story in Her Own Words, she details her battle with the condition.
The mum-of-two said: “Very, very difficult pregnancy indeed.
“Sick the whole time, bulimia and morning sickness.”
She refused to take any pills because she didn’t want to harm her unborn child, as the new Princess of Wales tried to settle into royal duties.
The book says: “Every time at Balmoral, Sandringham or Windsor, in my evening dress I had to go out I either fainted or was sick.
“It was so embarrassing because I didn’t know anything because I hadn’t read my books, but I knew it was morning sickness because you just do.”
Princess Diana later revealed that her morning sickness wasn’t so bad with Prince Harry, unlike Kate Middleton who suffered severe morning sickness with all three of her children.
The Duchess of Cambridge suffers from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which was so severe she was hospitalised while carrying her first, Prince George.
It also forced the couple to announce the pregnancy before the usual 12-week mark.
Meanwhile, for Diana, her accounts suggest she also suffered badly.
She said: “With William, it was appalling, almost every time I stood up I was sick.”
And it wasn’t just confined to the morning, with the Princess suffering it at all hours.
The book continues: “Suddenly in the middle of a black dress and black-tie do, I would go out to be sick and come back again…”
William was born on June 21 1983, after Princess Diana was induced as she “couldn’t handle the press pressure any longer”.
But Princess Diana’s next set of troubles began: post-natal depression.
She said: “Came home and then postnatal depression hit me hard and it wasn’t much the baby that had produced it, it was the baby that triggered off all else that was going on in my mind.
“Boy, was I troubled.”
While mental health is a much talked about subject today – with Princes William, Harry and Duchess Kate championing it – it was talked about less frequently in the 1980s.
The NHS says postnatal depression affects one in 10 women within a year of giving birth.
Their website states: “It’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.”
The ‘baby blues’ is feeling down, tearful and anxious in the first week or so after giving birth, but it shouldn’t persist after this, and if it does you may have postnatal depression.
Similarly, while Diana claimed she was first one “in the family” to suffer with morning sickness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s battles are well-documented.
Her condition led to Hyperemesis Gravidarum becoming more well-known, and numerous women came forward with their own stories of dealing with the severe sickness.
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