Kate Middleton Is Pregnant! Burning Questions About the Royal Baby (Photos)Shana Aborn
A royal baby at last!
The world was surprised and thrilled yesterday by the news that Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their first child. But, in typical reserved fashion, the Palace didn’t reveal much about the Royal Pregnancy, other than to say that it’s in the early stages and that the Duchess is in the hospital with severe morning sickness.
But we, the curious public, have lots of questions about the pregnancy, and we can hardly wait to have them all answered!
Here’s what we at Babble are wondering. How about you? What do you think?
When is the baby due? 1 of 8Not for a while. The Palace said in a statement that the Duchess was not yet past her first trimester, but her admission to the hospital for severe morning sickness prompted the early announcement. So if she's around two months pregnant, that means the newest Windsor should be making an entrance around late June.
More on the pregnancy here.
Will it be a boy or girl? 2 of 8Of course, it's waaay too early to tell. The Prince has said he wants two children, but has never mentioned a preference. What's exciting, though, is that for the first time in British history, the baby will be heir to the throne regardless of gender.
More about the Prince's hopes here.
What will they name the new baby? 3 of 8We can rule out trendy monikers like Tennessee, River and Maxwell, but the royal couple has plenty of noble names to choose from - and royal children often have a number of middle names, too. If it's a girl, the the smart money says that Diana and Elizabeth will figure in there somewhere.
Here are some trending royal names.
Is Kate okay? 4 of 8Although about half of pregnant women suffer morning sickness to some degree, the Duchess of Cambridge has a rare form of the illness called hyperemesis gravidarum, which affects only about 2 percent of moms-to-be. It can be dangerous because of the risk of dehydration and malnutrition, but with prompt treatment, patients recover well. With the health of the future monarch of England at sake, you can be sure Kate is getting the best medical care available.
Here are some other celebs who suffered morning sickness.
Who will be the baby’s godparents? 5 of 8It's common for royals to designate a number of family and friends as spiritual guides at christening ceremonies - Prince William has six! So perhaps his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles, will be on the short list.
Here are some facts to know about godparents.
Will the baby change their marriage? 6 of 8Having children can bring couples closer together - or drive a wedge between them. The Duke and Duchess seem smitten with each other, so we're hoping their new arrival will only bring them added joy.
Here's how becoming parents can affect a couple.
Will William leave the service? 7 of 8The Prince has served his country well as an airman in the RAF. But his tour of duty ends next year, and there has been speculation that he might retire in order to be there for his child and to assume more royal responsibilities. There's also a possibility that he might stay in the service in a part-time capacity.
Here's what his future might hold.
Will Kate cut back on her royal duties? 8 of 8Although Kate is winning hearts around the world with her public appearances and charity work. But now that she's carrying the next heir to the throne, she may choose to slow down her social schedule for the sake of her health and the baby's.
Here, more details on her duties as a member of the royal family.
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