If Kate Middleton Wants Baby No. 4, When Will She Be Ready?

If Kate Middleton wants a bigger family, now is not really the right time. Although she has blossomed into motherhood, beautifully mastering the art of tending to three toddlers in the public eye, experts suggest she wait a bit for baby number four. All of this is assuming Kate wants a fourth child. At the moment, it seems it’s just the royal family fans itching for a new Cambridge baby.

Is Kate Middleton pregnant with baby No. 4?

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis
Prince William and Kate Middleton with their third child, Prince Louis | Samir Hussein/WireImage

After Megan Markle and Prince Harry announced their pregnancy, rumors started to swirl around Kate and Prince William’s potential pregnancy as well. Things died down a bit in the rumor mill after Kate has been photographed looking decidedly not pregnant. However, after Megan and Harry welcomed their son into the world, supporters of the royal family began clamoring for Kate’s next pregnancy. People have wondered if the birth of her nephew would help to urge Kate into growing her own family again.

Kate Middleton might have baby fever

Kate has made some very public comments about her desire to have more children. She comes from a family of three children but has made mention of always wanting “at least three” children. Recently, while traveling with Prince William in Northern Ireland in February the Duchess mentioned how a cute baby made her very aware of having a little bit of baby fever. 

“He’s gorgeous,” she said of the infant. “It makes me feel broody.”

‘Broody’ of course refers to a hen’s desire to sit upon her eggs, so the comparison is very clear. She’s wanting another child. 

Experts recommend Kate Middleton waits a while longer before trying

Pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body, so doctors typically recommend giving your body a chance to properly heal and recuperate after giving birth. The timeline varies from person to person, but it’s usually suggested that a mother have about 18-24 months between pregnancies. If Kate and William were to wait the suggested 18 months then she’d need to wait until at least October before even trying to conceive, since Prince Louis won’t be 18 months old until then. 

The Mayo Clinic suggests following certain guidelines when working on family planning, including properly spacing out pregnancies. However, because Kate is already 37 years old, doctors might encourage her to wait less than the recommended 18 months and aim closer to 12 months. This puts her in the window of time to start trying for another pregnancy since balancing fertility and increasing age can be tricky business. 

Kate Middleton’s previous pregnancies were very difficult

Although Kate is a great mother, her previous pregnancies were not a walk in the park. She suffered from some really uncomfortable symptoms during all three of her pregnancies. She had a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. This illness causes severe vomiting in pregnancy.

Kate experienced all the effects of the condition including severe nausea, excessive vomiting, and dehydration. This is certainly something which may put having a fourth child on hold for a while.

There have been reports that Kate has struggled with some of the more difficult parts of motherhood as well. Kate explained: “It’s so hard, you get a lot of support as a mother particularly in the early days and maybe up to the age that they’re one.” Kate added: “But after that there isn’t a huge amount…”

Is Kate Middleton ready for another baby?

Although her severe morning sickness might cause her to think twice before becoming pregnant again, sources close to the duchess reveal that she really would like to have another child. 

“Catherine would like another baby,” the source told the Daily Mail. “She loves children and is prepared to put herself through another pregnancy even though they have been complicated by severe morning sickness in the past.”

So with Prince Louis celebrating his first birthday, it could be any day now. We eagerly await the news that the littlest prince is becoming a big brother.