February 11, 2018
Wondering how far along Meghan Markle is this week? The Duchess of Sussex is about 31 weeks pregnant based on our pregnancy expert instincts — which means she's in the home stretch!
Spring 2019 is still the most Kensington Palace will reveal in terms of a due date, however, the Duchess of Sussex let is slip that her first child expected in late April as she met locals in the Merseyside town on January 14, according to the Daily Mail. We've been doing calculations ever since royal sources revealed that expecting Markle had her 12-week scan on October 15, 2018, and the timeline adds up just right!
Here's what we think is happening with mom and baby currently at 31 weeks as the world is busy trying to guess boy or girl, and the royal baby's name.
The royal baby will now gain as much as a half pound per week until she or he is born!
How's baby developing?
Because it's too tight in mom's belly to stretch out now, baby is forced into the fetal position, which he or she will stay in until birth. This week also boasts some exciting reproductive developments. Think the royal baby is a boy? His testicles are moving through the groin on their way into the scrotum. And if the Duchess has a baby girl in there, her clitoris is already relatively formed.
How's mom feeling?
Meghan may be noticing more hip and lower-back pain. What gives? Pregnancy hormones are relaxing the ligaments and tendons throughout mom's pelvic area so that the bones can spread to make room for delivery. Her expanding uterus may also be putting some pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg, triggering chronic tingling or numbness along its path — a condition called sciatica. But it's usually not serious, it won't affect the baby and it will likely become less intense as he or she shifts around in there.
Check back next week for more royal baby developments!
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