Kate Middleton reportedly used hypnotherapy during her pregnancy

Kate Middleton has allegedly used hypnotherapy during her pregnancy to combat morning sickness and may make use of the technique again when she goes into labour, yahoo.com reports.

The Duchess of Cambridge was diagnosed with hypermesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness), back in December when she was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London. There, Kate was treated with intravenous fluids to increase her electrolytes and to get hydrated.

However, she has apparently discovered that hypnotherapy courses help to alleviate the ailments associated with pregnancy.

Proponents says that hypnotherapy during pregnancy aims to help the mother feel safe and relaxed, which releases Oxytocin, a hormone that naturally aids birthing progress and also serves as a pain killer - great for when labour begins.

Los Angeles-based hypnotherapist, Charles Whobrey told hollywoodlife.com that the benefits of hypnotherapy are endless, it lower levels of stress and anxiety, helps with easier deliveries, faster recovery rates.

Mr Whobrey said "More and more women are seeking hypnotherapy during their pregnancy to help with a wide range of health concerns, including morning sickness which can be quite debilitating. After weight loss and smoking cessation, the use of hypnotherapy for pregnant women has drastically increased over the past couple of years."