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Monday, October 20th, 2014
Looks like Kate Middleton is just about out of the woods.
The Duchess of Cambridge — whose second pregnancy was confirmed by the Palace rather early, due to the condition known as hyperemesis gravid arum (or acute morning sickness) — has just emerged from her first trimester. The royal baby is due in April!
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” the Palace announced in a statement. “The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”
As she glides into her second trimester, the princess mama-to-be has a lot to look forward to. First, it’s likely her morning sickness will, as the Palace noted, begin to subside.
Second, she’ll likely start to show, and her noticeable bump will allow strangers to offer her subway seats, or to cut in bathroom lines. Oops, sorry! I was thinking of mere mortals in their second trimester.
Beyond that, Kate will be in that sweet spot between first-trimester uncertainty (it’s the most common time for pregnancies to end in miscarriage) and nausea, and third trimester physical discomfort and limited mobility. She’ll likely be comfortable enough to move around and travel (in fact, she’s resuming her engagements, including the Singapore Prime Minister’s state visit tomorrow). So how about a royal babymoon with Will?
Overall, you might call the second trimester the best part of pregnancy — a time many moms-to-be are most able to enjoy carrying their babies. So here’s to you in your second trimester, Kate! We can’t wait to meet baby number two this sping.
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Monday, September 8th, 2014
Stop the world: Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting again! The pregnancy—probably the second-most anticipated ever (after her first, of course)—was confirmed this morning by an official palace announcement.
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.
The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.
As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.
Poor Kate! The Duchess’ awful morning sickness with Prince George was well-documented, and it’s a huge bummer for her that it’s back again. (Pregnancy symptoms can be different with second pregnancies, after all.)
No word on when Prince George will officially become a big brother, but according to People.com, Kate is “believed to be fewer than three months pregnant.”
We hope Kate feels better soon, and are so excited that Prince George is going to be a big brother! Congrats to the Royal family!
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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
False—for now! Rumors have been circulating the internet that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting royal twins, making Prince George a big brother (yes, despite Kate’s completely flat stomach). But according to Prince William, George will have to wait for siblings to play hide ‘n’ seek with around Buckingham Palace.
While attending a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Aldershot, England, the Prince confirmed “One [child] is enough at the moment.” But didn’t rule out future kids. “Maybe one day,” he said. Just not now!
I’m not sure why people get in such a hurry for new moms to turn around and have a second right away. It’s as if you’re not even allowed to enjoy the time you have with your baby. Literally days after I had my son Logan, people started asking, “So when are you going to make Logan a big brother?” At that point, I was still sleep deprived and placing diapers on backwards. (Oops!) The last thing on my mind was when was I going to have another one!
But to each her own! Kudos to multitasking mommies like Jessica Simpson and Drew Barrymore. Jessica’s daughter, Max, is 14 months older than baby bro Ace, and Drew told me daughter, Olive, will be 19 months old, when her second daughter is born. Some moms would much rather have kids close in age, so they can get the diaper duty over with, and have kids who can grow up to be close friends and schoolmates.
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Of course I’m obsessed with the frenzy around Kate Middleton’s Bump Watch (who isn’t?). So I’m reading anything and everything I can get my hands on about her pregnancy. Us Weekly reports that if the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labor early, while she is still in Anglesey, Wales, that she will be flown—in a helicopter—to London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, which is 70 minutes away. I want to go on record as saying this plan is bananas!
Don’t even get me started on helicopter safety. According to Slate, they are a staggering 85 times more dangerous than cars! That jarring fact aside, I know it’s extremely rare for first-time moms to deliver babies so quickly (the average labor for a first-timer is 14 hours; while women who’ve given birth before tend to have an average labor of 8 hours), but there is an ever-so-slight chance that the future prince or princess could be born in a cramped helicopter! It’s not that outrageous of a thought, actually. This woman from Michigan didn’t think her husband would be delivering her baby in their car on the side of the freeway, either. But that’s exactly what happened. She wasn’t due for three more weeks, so she thought it was impossible for her to be going into labor. But after about four and a half hours of contractions, they hopped in the car to go to the hospital and—boom—baby on board!
I live in New York City, land of subways, busses and taxis and very high parking rates ($500 a month in our neighborhood!). My husband and I don’t have a car, so we knew that we’d be taking a taxi to the hospital when I was ready to deliver. My husband had nightmares about this (literally). With us living in lower Manhattan and my hospital being all the way on the Upper East Side, he was terrified that I’d go into labor in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic and that he would have to be the one to deliver our son in the back of a dirty taxi with the baby’s first smell being some awful mixture of incense and vomit. Oh, and did I mention that my husband’s so squeamish about blood that he almost passes out when he gets a paper cut? Yep, it’s that bad.
I, on the other hand, was convinced I would have an excruciatingly long labor that would go on for days, so there was no chance I’d be so lucky enough to give birth within a mere few hours. Needless to say, when my water broke at 4 am and we immediately found a taxi and made it to the hospital safely, then had the baby eight hours later (many of those hours I actually slept through!), we were both extremely relieved.
I hope for Kate and William’s sake that their baby’s birth goes as smoothly as ours, and that there are no transportation-related birth surprises in their future. Though, if Kate did deliver the royal heir in a helicopter—or even a car—that would make for an amazing news story, and I would devour every word of it!
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
The official due date that the Buckingham Palace has announced for Kate Middleton is July 13 (just two and a half weeks away!). But the UK’s Daily Telegraph has reported that the Duchess of Cambridge might be taking a page from Princess Di’s pregnancy playbook, and keeping her true due date a secret to ward off prying paparazzi (which wouldn’t be a bad idea!).
Prince William was born 10 days before his expected due date back in 1982, so speculation is that Kate could give birth as soon as July 3. This news has all of England in a tizzy—as if they weren’t already excited enough for the birth of the heir to the throne!
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but whether she’s really due on the 13th or the 3rd, there’s really no way of successfully predicting when she’ll go into labor. Due dates aren’t very accurate. Only a measly 5 percent of women actually give birth when their OB predicts they will.
For first time moms like Kate, one indicator of when she might give birth could be to look at when her mom Carole had her. According to research, if Carole was a week early, Kate could likely end up having her baby a week early also, because a lot of elements of pregnancy are hereditary. In my case, my mom was 10 days early with her first child, and I was 10 days early with mine. Freaky, right?
So as anxious as we all are to meet the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge, just like Kate and Will, we’re going to have to wait until nature takes its course!
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