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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