(LONDON) — Kate Middleton is reportedly undergoing hypnotherapy to help her regain her appetite as she continues to battle a very severe form of morning sickness.
The website stuff.co.nz reports news of this unusual procedure to help the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge comes from family friend Jessica Hay, who was interviewed by Australia’s New Idea magazine.
Shortly after it was revealed that Middleton was pregnant, she was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum, which results in acute vomiting.
According to Hay, the duchess “has that feeling you have when you’ve had food poisoning and your stomach’s shrunk… [She’s using hypnotherapy] in a bid to help with her appetite.”
The hypnotherapy is used to remove negative thoughts about food and appears to be working, Hay said, as Middleton can now snack on avocados, broccoli, oatmeal and smoothies without getting sick.
The first baby for Middleton and Prince William is due sometime in July, according to Buckingham Palace.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN