The Duchess of Cambridge is only days away from welcoming her third child. Due in late- April 2018, Kate is now on official maternity leave as she prepares for the arrival of her newest little one.
This is Kate’s third pregnancy and while much of the facts regarding her unborn child have been kept private (the name and gender of the baby have yet to be released), Kate’s pregnancy has been surprisingly public.
After the Duke and Duchess announced that they were expecting, Kate began suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG is a horrendously troublesome condition that appears in pregnancy and causes severe nausea, dizziness, and dehydration. While she suffered from HG with her other two pregnancies, she didn’t have the responsibilities of two other children during her pregnancy, which gave her more time and rest to herself.
In her third pregnancy, Kate has practically gone non-stop. From A-list evening balls to charity events, and international travel to wedding planning, Kate has been very busy! Not to mention, the added energy of being a loving wife, attentive mother, international influence and style icon. How does she do it?!
In late March, Kate was advised to take her maternity leave before her April due date. She worked clear up until her last day before taking her leave, and even then, she managed to appear at another event only a couple days later. She’s been advised to take full advantage of her maternity leave in hopes that the days of rest will help her and the baby during the last weeks of her pregnancy.
Now, only days before her due date, Kate has been given a strict warning. Being that this is the Duchess’ third child, her attention has been divided amongst two other children. Knowing that her mind is focused on others has caused her advisors to warn her to keep very specific attention on her current pregnancy.
A professional advisor, Clare Livingstone, said third-time mothers like Kate - whose attention is divided more often than not - need to be aware of any factors in the upcoming days. "She’s probably much more tired so it's the importance of rest, nutrition, hydration, monitoring baby's movements and reporting any noticeable difference with that."
Kate is being told to keep an attentive eye on her baby's movements. Once activity increases, Kate will know that the baby’s arrival is nearing and she and her team can begin the delivery process.
Duchess Kate is only days away. Please keep her in your prayers as she spends her last days in pregnancy. We are hoping for a safe and healthy delivery for both Kate and Royal Baby #3!