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To not want a minute by minute account of Kate's pregnancy and little sympathy for her.

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babbas Mon 03-Dec-12 21:15:03

She's rich, she has all the support in the world and will have no cooking, cleaning, vocational work or responsibilities. I really really really do not want to have daily updates on her condition or her pregnancy for the next nine months! It's so typical of everything she stands for that they have already announced she will have to be on rest for the foreseeable future. As opposed to doing what exactly??!

My best friend had HG and lost a stone in 8 days. She went to hospital and was told to pull her herself together as most women had morning sickness. No time off work, no help whatsoever.

hf128219 Fri 07-Dec-12 14:03:39

Yellow DH is in what you would consider a 'posh regiment'

Heavywheezing Fri 07-Dec-12 14:09:46

I think that you are right.

Does it say that she has HG? Acute morning sickness could man anything

Yellowtip Fri 07-Dec-12 14:22:54

hf then your lot are clearly more cool. Do most of the wives have careers in that regiment these days or are you the exception to the rule? And of those who do have a career, do most own their own homes and stay put? I suppose being in one of the posh regiments which are in or near London facilitates a continuing career too. So many variables. I think life these days is anyway far more fixed, with less moves, or is that wrong? And haven't overseas postings been slashed ? (not just Germany but other more exotic postings too - though that was the fun bit).

LtEve did the first wife leave your DH because she disliked being an army wife? Maternity leave wouldn't give any real insight, no.

LtXmasEve Fri 07-Dec-12 14:27:23

No, because she got back in contact with her childhood sweetheart.

A year as a dependant, with a brand new family and a deployed husband, rather than a soldier gave me great insight actually.

What do you call 'posh' regiments. I think Cavalry when I hear that, and only One of the cavalry regiments is in or near London. One is in North Germany.

BartletForTeamGB Fri 07-Dec-12 14:27:53

heavy, "Does it say that she has HG? Acute morning sickness could man anything"

From the first statement announcing the DoC's pregnancy:

The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.

Further information:

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is very acute morning sickness, which requires supplementary hydration and nutrients.

hf128219 Fri 07-Dec-12 14:33:09

Cavalry, Guards, some Infantry, bla bla bla.

LtXmasEve Fri 07-Dec-12 14:47:40

Oh yes, how could I forget the Guards? shock grin

Yellowtip Fri 07-Dec-12 14:48:01

Everyone thinks 'posh'= cavalry. But some of the non cavalry guards regiments might quarrel with that, if for some reason they were put out by not being regarded as posh.

Clearly commuting to Bishopsgate etc. is trickier from Germany than it is from Windsor or London. As I said, even now there are variables.

Yes a year as a new mother with a husband away is different from a short interruption to your career with the husband home most nights. Still not quite in the same boat as the wives I'm thinking of though.

Yellowtip Fri 07-Dec-12 14:55:07

Cross posted with both. So the distinctions about who's posh and who isn't still exist smile Good old enlightened modern day army.

LtXmasEve Fri 07-Dec-12 15:28:30

Did you miss 'deployed husband' part of my post? Actually I was preganant and working (without DH) then admitted to hospital for 3 months (without DH - and with only the families Officer and his wife as visitors) then had my DD (early, and thankfully with DH), then had a DD in Kindertensive (with DH), then bought her home, then moved house and country (without DH), employed a Nanny (without DH), went back to work (without DH), before finally getting DH home and having him become the SAHD and a dependant of mine! <<and breathe>>

Like I said, a great insight.

There are Guards and Cavalry Regiments that don't consider themselves 'posh' and there are those that do. The distinction comes from the traditional, historic stories of Cavalry Officers having to have a second personal income if they wished to join up (and their own horse!). That hasn't been a concern for years, but that history remains. I know seriously loaded Cavalry Officers, and those without a bean to their name.

My only contact with the Guards was a previous RSM from a poverty stricken area of Scotland who was a fabulous bloke and someone I looked up to. But I'm still aware that they are considered 'posh'. It's all to do with the Order of Precedence of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army. My own Corps is that far down the list it falls off the bottom of the page!

Yellowtip Fri 07-Dec-12 17:16:29

LtEve re-read my post. It read Yes a year as a new mother with a husband away is different ..... Which clearly means I read what you wrote, and correctly.

It's not especially important and I'm not going to argue with your 'insight' (which clearly did give you insight into coping on your own with a child for a while and all the moving-abroad-on-your-own-fandango). But the aspect of the army which I found enormously oppressive and deeply anachronistic was its treatment of dependant wives. Which you are not. Perhaps it was worse in our regiment, since on paper it's right up at the top end of 'posh'. And I can quite see how it may well be the worse for that.

havingastress Fri 07-Dec-12 17:22:32

I do feel sorry for her - having suffered for 14 horrific weeks, I know how debilitating it can be. However, I also got told to man it up, and had to go to work the whole time.

I'm moreover surprised though that news of her pregnancy has even been announced to the world - she's only 7 weeks..god forbid, I hope she has a successful pregnancy. Very very early to be announcing imo.

However, not her fault, and also not her fault that the papers are dedicating 14+ pages to her pregnancy as though she's the only woman in the world to ever have a baby. I'm SO bored of her pregnancy already!

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