Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in October that they were expecting their first child together and now the world is awaiting the arrival of the royal baby as the Duchess of Sussex is expected to give birth any day.
But even though Markle did not have her first child yet, she’s already being warned not to have any more until at least a year has passed. Here’s more on why it’s recommended that Markle wait before having more children, plus how many kids Prince Harry said he wants.
Why Markle is advised to wait a year before having more kids
The reason some experts believe Markle and her husband should wait more than a year before having other children is because the duchess is considered a geriatric mother.
Julie Jomeen, a professor of midwifery at the University of Hull, told The Express that women over 35 should wait at least a year before getting pregnant again. She said the reason for that is because women Markle’s age who conceived within six months after a previous birth had a 1.2% greater risk of maternal mortality than younger women.
“The issue is of course that older moms are more likely to plan to have babies closer together as they don’t have the same luxury of time in terms of their fertility as a woman still in her 20s would have,” Jomeen explained. “However, the general health of the mom is an important factor here at risk. Ultimately, it has to be a woman’s choice. What is important is that they are aware of the evidence around birth spacing and that they make their choice based on good evidenced-based information.”
Markle’s age also gives her a greater chance of having twins. According to WebMD, the chances of a woman having twins increases with age. Studies have shown that this could be from hormonal changes as older women have higher levels of the follicle-stimulating hormone which prompts a “greater likelihood of having fraternal twins.”
What Prince Harry said about having more children
In March 2019, Harry and Markle attended the 50th anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace and chatted with a Falklands War Army veteran about having “two” children.
The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English later tweeted about their conversation writing, “Simon Weston spoke to Harry today who joked about the Wales/Engl rugby. ‘I warned him & the duchess it serves him right as they will be getting plenty of sleepless nights when the baby is born. He said if they have any more than two it will serve him right.'”
Sounds like Harry may already looking forward to baby No. 2, so if that’s the case we’ll just have to wait and see how long before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have another child.
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