Is Meghan Markle’s Baby Bump Big Enough for Twins?

Meghan Markle is now six months pregnant, and those last three months can’t go fast enough for fans of the royal family – or Markle and Prince Harry, either, we’re sure.

Although it took some time, Markle is finally showing a baby bump, and boy, what a bump it is. The size of her pregnant stomach has fans wondering whether or not the Duchess may be having twins. But is her baby bump really big enough for twins? Here’s what we know.

Royals never tell

Rumors revolving around the British royal family’s pregnancy is no new thing. This is because there is a strict rule against expecting royal mothers to never share any information about their pregnancy, except to maybe say the baby is healthy. They do not reveal the gender, and so we likely won’t know if Markle and Harry are having twins until the big day.

Meghan Markle’s “baby bump” doesn’t mean anything

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While twins would definitely show a lot more than a single baby would, Meghan Markle’s large bump doesn’t necessarily mean she’s having twins. Some women tend to show more than others, and even different births with the same woman can show differently. Kate Middleton, for example, didn’t carry all three of her royal babies exactly the same way.

Besides simply being a matter of carrying differently, Meghan Markle could also just be having a larger baby. Plenty of women have heard that they “must be having twins” during a pregnancy where they were certainly only carrying one baby. Typically, these babies come out a little larger than others, with a weight around eight or more pounds.

Markle does have some twin risk factors

While the baby bump doesn’t tell all, it might say something when combined with all of the many risk factors Meghan Markle has for twins. For starters, Meghan Markle is 37 years old. A scientific study showed that women over the age of 35 have a significantly increased chance of birthing twins or triplets.

Another risk factor is her size. At 5’7″, Meghan Markle is taller than the average American woman. This, too, has been shown to increase a woman’s chance of having twins. Oh, and her two ethnicities (Caucasian and African American) have the highest rate of multiple births.

Some circumstances go against the odds

While an increasingly large baby bump and numerous risk factors might add fuel to the twin rumors, it’s important to note that there are definitely a few circumstances that go against these odds. Primarily, it is very rare for a woman to have twins during her first pregnancy. Being that this is, of course, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, the odds are slim that it would be a multiple birth.

Genetics are up in the air

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The biggest thing that increases a woman’s chances of having twins is genetics. Nobody knows whether twins run in Meghan Markle’s family, and as far as anyone can tell there is no pattern of multiple births in the British royal family. This, along with it being Markle’s first pregnancy, really dampen the twin rumors.

Markle is carrying large, but well

Whether or not Meghan Markle is going to have twins may not be known, but pictures of the royal baby bump tell a few things. Yes, Meghan Markle’s baby bump is quite large. But, she is also carrying it very well. The extra weight is almost exclusively held in her stomach, and she’s carrying quite low. If old wives’ tales are to be believed, this means the world might want to place their bets on a new baby boy.