Maxima to give birth this year
28 October 2003
AMSTERDAM — Princess Maxima, the popular expat wife of Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, will probably give birth to the couple's first child before the end of the year, the Government Information Service RVD said on Monday.
When the pregnancy was officially announced in June, doctors said the princess was due to give birth mid-January, an NOS news report said. The baby will be the heir to the Dutch throne after Prince Willem-Alexander is crowned King.
The RVD said both mother and child are doing well and Princess Maxima's condition has improved since doctors ordered her a month ago to take it easier. Hospitalisation is not necessary and she does not require medicine.
The previous expectation of a January birth was based on a normal 40 week pregnancy, plus two weeks, but the RVD denied exceptional reasons had brought forward the birth date. It also denied talk of a premature birth.
Amid concerns for her health, Princess Maxima's first official appearance at the end of September was cancelled and Prince Willem-Alexander was forced to travel alone on a working visit to the Russian city of St Petersburg.
The Argentinean-born princess also stopped work with the Rosenmoller Commission, which aims to bring more migrant women into society. She has also been inactive recently with other official work.
Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander's baby will be the second grandchild of Queen Beatrix and the late Prince Claus.
Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn, the third son of Queen Beatrix, have a one-year-old daughter, Eloise, and are expecting their second child in April 2004.
[ Copyright Expatica News 2003]