How Has Meghan Markle’s Pregnancy Been Different From Kate Middleton’s?

Meghan Markle is the most recent member of the royal family to announce she’s carrying a child. However, the royals are all too familiar with this, since Duchess Kate Middleton has already carried three children of her own. But when Kate was pregnant, things didn’t go as smoothly as they seem to be for Meghan. How were the two women’s pregnancies different?

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton battled severe morning sickness during her three pregnancies

Kate’s pregnancies were easily much more difficult than Meghan’s. Any pregnancy comes with its own sort of trials and tribulations, but Kate battled severe morning sickness while pregnant with all three of her children. The real name for the morning sickness is hyperemesis gravidarum, which sounds more like a Harry Potter spell than a disease — but it’s real. It forced Kate to miss certain royal engagements and be mostly out of the public eye during her pregnancies. According to CBS, for most women, the condition typically starts during the first few weeks of pregnancy and only lasts until about halfway through. However, every woman is different, and sometimes it lasts until the baby is born.

Kate announced her pregnancies earlier than Meghan did

Kate is no stranger to pregnancies, so in that sense as well, her pregnancies differed from Meghan’s (at least her second and third did). However, the Duchess of Cambridge announced she was expecting sooner than Meghan and Harry did. But that wasn’t necessarily due to excitement. Since Kate’s awful morning sickness caused her to miss certain events, the public often knew when the Duchess was pregnant. And in order to explain why she couldn’t attend various royal engagements, she told the public about the baby as soon as she could. Meghan and Harry chose to wait a bit longer to announce, simply because they could.

Meghan’s pregnancy body language has been more ‘openly doting’ than Kate’s

According to body language experts, Meghan’s body language since becoming pregnant has been much more adoring than Kate’s. Some speculate it says a lot about the type of parent Meghan will be. The Duchess of Sussex tends to cradle her stomach every chance she gets, whereas Kate wasn’t quite as comforting to the babies when she was pregnant. According to Express, Kate took a more formal and careful approach to her baby bump when she was pregnant. Meghan, on the other hand, uses body language that almost shows off how proud she is to become a mother.

Meghan is considering a different type of birth than Kate had

Kate did what most other past royal women have done: She gave birth in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. Then, soon after she gave birth, she made an appearance outside with her husband and new baby. She did this for each of her three pregnancies. Meghan, on the other hand, doesn’t know that she’ll do the same. Sources close to the Duchess of Sussex have said that Meghan may opt for a less public birth. Some believe she is also considering a home birth. Nothing has been confirmed, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Meghan strayed from the usual birth plan.

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