Here’s What Will Happen if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Unborn Baby Gets Too Big

People can’t stop talking about Meghan Markle’s pregnant belly. As the weeks go on and the Duchess of Sussex gets closer and closer to her due date, all eyes are on her midsection as it gets bigger and bigger. You’d think people had never seen an expectant mother before.

Some speculate that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could even be expecting twins, though that seems quite unlikely. Really, each person is different, and each pregnancy is different. Carrying high, carrying low, gaining 10 pounds, gaining 50 – if the pregnant woman’s OB is pleased with her pregnancy, then it’s nobody else’s business.

But what if Meghan Markle really is having an oversized baby? Could it be dangerous for her – especially considering she might be planning a natural childbirth or home birth? Read on to find out.

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Why do unborn babies get too big?

We’ve all heard of 9, 10, or even 11-pound babies being born (the average weight of a newborn is closer to 7 lbs). Could that happen to Meghan Markle?

There’s a term for oversized babies still in the womb – it’s called LGA (Large for Gestational Age). One of the most common contributing factors for the condition is gestational diabetes, which can cause abnormally large birth weights. Genetics also play a role in determining how big the baby will be, along with how long the pregnancy progresses. The baby keeps growing the longer he or she stays in there.

Babies that are born big aren’t just a fascinating topic of dinner conversation – they could also lead to serious risks for the mother, which is why doctors are so intent on monitoring growth. But what about for Meghan Markle? Here’s what the Duchess can expect if her baby really is too big.

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What complications might happen if Meghan Markle’s baby is too big?

One likely complication Meghan Markle can expect if her baby gets to be too large is an increased risk of the need for an emergency C-section. Some other risks include prolonged vaginal delivery, birth injury, and a more difficult birth experience in general.

If her doctor determines that the baby is big enough, then he or she might recommend an early birth via induction. Unfortunately for Meghan Markle, induced births are much more likely to require pain medications and to end in Cesarean deliveries. This runs in stark contrast to Markle’s ideal plan for totally serene and natural birth experience.

The Duchess of Sussex is probably having a regular sized baby

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Why are people so obsessed with the size of the new royal baby? Most likely because they’re intrigued by the baby in general. Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t revealing the child’s gender (though rumor has it they know what it is) or what name they’re picking. That leaves royal fans forced to speculate on everything about the child based on what they can see. For now? That’s just one big round belly that appears to be growing by the day.

In her final weeks of pregnancy, Meghan Markle is taking it easy and even Prince Harry cut back on royal commitments so he can support his wife. No doubt the Duchess’s doctor is closely monitoring the pregnancy and will make the best recommendations for a safe and healthy delivery based on facts, not hearsay.