Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently welcomed their first child, baby Archie, and the speculation about when Markle will be pregnant again has already started. While some royal watchers hope the couple will make another pregnancy announcement soon, one pregnancy expert is betting it’ll be 2021 before Markle is pregnant again — and for a very good reason.
Royal watchers expect the Sussex family to grow soon
Royal author Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight: “I think it’s probably a little premature to be speaking about a second baby,” adding, “That said, sources close to the couple told me that they really would love to have a big family.”
She added: “They absolutely want siblings for Archie, so possibly we will have a pregnancy announcement for Meghan and Harry sometime next year.”
It’s more likely that Markle and Harry will wait two years
It’s always possible that Prince Harry and Markle will expand their family soon, but one pregnancy expert advises that it’s best to wait a couple of years.
Midwife Nabila Fowles-Gutierrez explained why to Express, noting: “While most women these days plan their pregnancies at to leave at least two years between them, there are some women who find themselves pregnant sooner than that, either accidentally (unplanned pregnancy) or by choosing to avoid contraception for personal or religious reasons between pregnancies. This is a personal choice, but not one I would necessarily recommend.”
Fowles-Gutierrez pointed to the official midwifery guidelines, which encourage a two-year wait before couples try to get pregnant again after having a baby.
She noted: “The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends spacing of two years between attempting next pregnancy. Research shows women who conceive within 6 months of giving birth are at 70% higher risk of preterm birth than women who space their babies from 18-23 months.”
Fowles-Gutierrez continued: “While in my clinics I did at times see women pregnant really soon after giving birth, this is not something to be recommended as a whole. I would advise women to take precautions postnatally in order to be empowered to be able to make a decision as to when to have another baby.”
“We live in a country that offers free contraception for all, and therefore, women are able to make choices about their bodies,” she noted, adding, “unlike women in other parts of the world, who don’t necessarily have a choice to space out pregnancies.”
Why Harry and Markle might wait
Fowles-Gutierrez does believe that Markle might face some pressure to get pregnant sooner, explaining: “That’s understandable as pregnancy over the age of 40 is can be considered high risk. However, I would still not recommend or advocate leaving a gap of less than 12 months between babies.”
The reason behind this gap, she said is because “both Mums and babies need time and recuperation following birth, and less than 12 months between pregnancies hardly gives any chance for bonding. The physical impact is only one element.”
She added: “I would also worry about the impact on maternal mental health with surges of pregnancy and postnatal hormones so close together. My recommendation would be to wait wherever possible for a minimum of 18 to 24 months between pregnancies.”