The Royal Baby: How Far Along is Meghan Markle This Week?

We're tracking Meghan Markle's pregnancy week by week right up until the predicted royal baby due date.
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December 17, 2018

Wondering how far along Meghan Markle is this week? Based on our pregnancy expert instincts, we're predicting the Duchess is about 23 weeks pregnant!

Since royal sources revealed that expecting Markle recently had her 12-week scan on October 15, 2018, the world has loved watching the mom-to-be show off her new baby bump. We did the calculations, and here's what we think is happening with mom and baby currently at 23 weeks as the world is busy trying to guess the royal baby's name and even speculate the Duchess could be expecting twins.

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Royal Baby at 23 Weeks

Baby size: Eggplant

Baby's brain and hearing are more developed this week, and he or she is beginning to recognize mom's voice!

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Peter Ardito; Styling by Suzanne Lenzer

How's baby developing?

Billions of brain cells will develop in baby's brain over the next couple of weeks. These will control all of baby's movements and sensory, and basic life functions like breathing. Also around this time, some major changes are happening with baby's lungs. Surfactant is being produced, a substance that enables the air sacs to inflate and the lungs to fully expand. Right now the little royal bean is still breathing amniotic fluid, but when he or she is born, baby will be ready for air.

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Check back next week for more royal baby developments!

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Comedian Jamie Aderski perfectly displays the 9+ month roller coaster ride that is pregnancy, in a bit based on her show Cry Baby, My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood at the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC. Grab a fried pickle and hold on.

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