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Should Pregnant Kate Middleton Give Up Royal Duties for Motherhood?

As moms, we like to think we can do it all. Put in overtime at work right up till the contractions start? Sure! Dust the house top to bottom and prepare a 5-course dinner while the baby naps? But of course! Bake 150 cupcakes for school and drop them off on the way to Scouts and the soccer tournament? No prob!

Then the reality hits, and we realize that something has to give somewhere, or else we risk either living in a constant state of frazzle or ending each day feeling bitterly disappointed in ourselves.

That moment may be here for Kate Middleton.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been suffering mightily with severe morning sickness. Just days after leaving the hospital, she became ill again. Now comes word that she won’t be attending tomorrow’s London premiere of The Hobbit — and when you pass up the chance to see and be seen at a holiday blockbuster, you know this is serious business.

A rep for St. James Palace tells Us Weekly that Kate “will continue to rest privately” at their Kensington Palace residence, Nottingham Cottage.

As well she should. But is it time for her to consider doing something more long-term – like putting aside all her royal duties for the duration?

This is no ordinary case of occasional morning nausea, controllable with crackers and ginger tea. The Duchess has the most severe type of pregnancy tum you can get — the kind that can be dangerous for both mother and child if dehydration sets in.

Nor is this an ordinary mom-to-be. This is the future Queen Consort, and she’s carrying the future heir to the British throne. It would be foolish to put her at risk for the sake of a little royal PR.

Unless she makes a full recovery soon, perhaps the best thing for her to do is to announce, “I’m a mother first and foremost,” and do nothing but nest for the next seven months. She could make one or two big public appearances if health permits — say, a family portrait at winter’s end and the Easter service at Westminster Abbey. Possibly an exclusive TV interview around her eighth month that would grab huge ratings worldwide. That’s enough.

She has the rest of her life to wear fascinators and accept bouquets from admirers. This first pregnancy is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Let her regain her strength so she can enjoy it to the fullest.

What do you think? Should the Duchess take a break from royal responsibilities?

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]

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