The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, on Tuesday made her first public appearance after the pregnancy announcement, and she was shamed for being too thin.
She attended a reception for World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace looking great.
Kate battles a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum that causes severe morning sickness during her pregnancies. The rare form of morning sickness that involves constant nausea and vomiting, leading to severe dehydration and dangerous weight loss.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is treatable, but it can make it difficult to gain weight during pregnancy.
Kate looked gorgeous in the blue lace dress, but the lack of a baby bump was enough to get some to go on the attack.
Internet trolls took to social media to call Prince William’s wife “too thin.”
“I can’t believe she’s prego,” one commenter said on Kensington Palace’s Instagram account. Another asked: “I thought she was pregnant?”
Thin shaming a pregnant woman is not a right thing to do. It can cause anxiety on the mother according to one midwife.
Lesley Gilchrist, a practicing midwife and co-founder of “My Expert Midwife,” revealed to DailyMail that “bump shaming” can cause anxiety for expectant mothers.
“Bump shaming can really damage a woman’s body confidence and cause needless worry and anxiety over the health of their baby. It’s important to remember that the bump size is just the size of the baby’s “packaging” and has no bearing on the size of their baby,” Gilchrist told the outlet.
Some on social media came to Kate’s defense by sharing their own experience with the condition.
“hyperemesis gravidarum is a REAL thing. I had it with my first child and could barely even hold down water. It goes well beyond “morning sickness” and it is severe nausea and vomiting all day. I was in and out of the hospital receiving IV fluids for dehydration. I lost 35 lbs (that I couldn’t afford to lose), and didn’t start feeling better until I was 6 months pregnant…which at that point I still didn’t look pregnant. I had a very healthy full term baby girl that weighed 7lbs 12 ounces. So before you bash someone, take a little time to learn and understand what someone may be going through.” shayrussell8 wrote on Instagram
So it would seem that the rude “thin shamers” should take their opinions elsewhere cause it isn’t going to fly at Buckingham Palace.