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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!
TELL US: If you’re already a mom, how long were you in labor? Did you end up having the baby in a strange place?
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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!
TELL US: Did you go into labor on your due date? If you haven’t given birth yet, have you compared notes with your mom on when she went into labor with you?
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Monday, May 13th, 2013
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in April 2011, one million people lined the streets near London’s Westminster Abbey, where the two wed, and an estimated one billion people watched their nuptials on TV from the comforts of their homes. So it’s no surprise that the world has gone mad over the pending birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s heir—and what Kate Middleton’s due date might be!
Ever since the Royal Palace announced Kate Middleton’s pregnancy in December, everyone has been clamoring for more royal baby news. Since the announcement was forced out by the Duchess’ severe morning sickness, it has been difficult to figure out just how far along she actually is—until now!
According to the Brit newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, it was recently revealed at a barbecue (of all places!) that Kate Middleton’s due date is July 13. To add to the frenzy, that date falls within the Coronation Festival, a four-day celebration to mark 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, which gives Royal Watchers even more reason to freak out!
Let’s face it, as much as people love a good wedding, a baby’s birth trumps the “I do’s” every time. Add to that a royal spin, and it’s all-out Babymania. When Kate wore a white-and-black polka-dot dress from Topshop‘s maternity line last month, within days the dress had completely sold out online. She bought a navy blue Bugaboo stroller, and it made headlines. People were shocked by the cost (they range from $700-1800 with all of the extras), and questioned whether the hue gave away the fact that Kate and William are expecting a boy (they have yet to comment on the baby’s sex, but in March it was believed that Kate accidentally let it slip at an event that she was having a daughter).
Just like how people stayed up all hours and threw parties to commemorate the royal wedding, I’m sure the same amount of fervor will go into celebrating the birth of William and Kate’s baby, whenever that is (due dates are rarely spot on!). I can see all of the tacky tchotchkes now—the royal onesies and toddler-sized plates with the baby’s face on them, the special-edition diapers stamped with the Palace seal, the rattle in the shape of the royal scepter. And as cheesy as they all are, they will sell out in a matter of seconds.
I remember it being weird for me that all of my mom’s friends (many of whom I’d never met) seemed to know everything about my pregnancy, because my mom can’t keep quiet about good news. I can’t even fathom how it must feel for Kate to have the whole world talking about her, the royal bump, her maternity style, baby gear purchases, due date…and the list goes on! Of course she knew when she married William that it would be a crazy life, but with all of the added emotions that come with pregnancy, I can’t help but wonder how she’s holding up. I’m sure she sneaks off for a good cry every now and then. I know I would.
Tell us: Are you excited for Kate to have the baby, or do you think it’s silly there’s so much hype surrounding the birth?
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