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Old 12-09-2018, 02:12 PM
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To all you ladies on the board here:

How far along would you all say Meghan is now? About 6 months entering into her 7th month soon?

I heard she has really popped now and it is no longer a bump.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:19 PM
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I'm thinking that she's just headed into her 6th month and will give birth sometime in April.

Some women tend to show their pregnancies while some women don't hardly look pregnant even up to the date of delivery. I gained very little weight overall with my pregnancies. The weight was all baby.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:20 PM
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I'd say 6 to 6 1/2 months. I still say late March to Early June.
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:25 PM
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Have reports that Meghan will give birth at home been discussed or debunked?

The way things are going with the tabloids, the Sussexes may wish to skip all the hospital/ waiting crowds hoopla.

The more the tabs and paps cross the line, the more Harry & Meghan will pull back to protect their privacy.
My friend is a Consultant Obstetrician, and when asked about 'home births', her answer is always 'Why would women want to go back to the Middle Ages?' Especially when we're considering an 'elderly prim' - FYI the definition of an 'elderly prim' is a woman having her first baby at the age of 35+ - the Duchess is 37
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Old 12-09-2018, 03:58 PM
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:03 PM
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My friend is a Consultant Obstetrician, and when asked about 'home births', her answer is always 'Why would women want to go back to the Middle Ages?' Especially when we're considering an 'elderly prim' - FYI the definition of an 'elderly prim' is a woman having her first baby at the age of 35+ - the Duchess is 37
I agree. It is due to the fact that Meghan would be considered a first time geriatric pregnancy, is why I believe that she'll be encouraged to have a hospital birth.


https://www.prevention.com/life/a237...ric-pregnancy/
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:25 PM
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How about Royal Berkshire Hospital? Kate and Pippa were born there as well.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:39 PM
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There's always bizarre speculation about the birthing plans, so there's no reason to believe that Meghan has any intention at all of a home birth. Wasn't there speculation that Kate was going to have a water birth? Of course, that could even be true, a lot of hospitals now offer water births--the home birth is much less likely.
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Old 12-09-2018, 05:57 PM
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I think a photocall outside the hospital will still be expected of Harry & Meghan as it's a bit of a tradition ie Anne, Diana, Sarah, Sophie & Kate have all done it. Harry is a high profile royal (as confirmed by the Queen's diamond jubilee balcony group) so if they slip away privately, it will be unusual.
Errr yes but thereís a redefining of boundaries going on now heís married her indoors, so...

Still, the couple get to do what they want, they even get to select their own official home according to some so maybe they will have a choice regarding photocalls soon after delivery
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:52 PM
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I think she's due in April..so she's approaching her 6th month.


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Old 12-09-2018, 07:20 PM
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I still think the baby will be born late March/early April. But I would say late March (already spring). Can't wait to see the little one's first pictures, so excited!


I think the Duchess will have her baby at a hospital. But not sure which one, we just need to wait for confirmation.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:26 PM
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I agree. It is due to the fact that Meghan would be considered a first time geriatric pregnancy, is why I believe that she'll be encouraged to have a hospital birth.


https://www.prevention.com/life/a237...ric-pregnancy/
Given the dangerous condition Serena Williams was in right after an easy pregnancy and easy birth, I'm sure Meghan understands clearly how fast things can go wrong. A lot of hospitals have changed the conditions to where they try to make the mother feel as comfortable as possible and only intervene in the natural process when requested or medically necessary. But it's always safer in case things start to go wrong.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:40 PM
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Whatever plans Harry and Meghan do have, we won't know about it until something official is released such as the announcement when the press will be able to set up around the Lindo Wing. That's a for sure sign she'll use it.

One thing for certain though is that I believe Harry and Meghan will have total control over this event.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:40 PM
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I agree. And the photo call will be the least of their problems. Most of us will welcome the photos. Best to focus on that, because one cannot change the trolls.
Yes, that's my point. I don't think they focus on trolls, but they are going to continue being extra careful about their privacy and the tabloid blather does nothing to make them want to go that extra mile of being on public display outside the hospital with their first baby. So I agree Meghan will likely deliver in a hospital, but they really don't have to announce anything if they don't wish to do so. They could avoid the public altogether and there might be misleading info regarding how far along Meghan is. Therefore, she could go into labor and have the baby before anyone is aware of it happening to avoid the crowds and clamor.

Harry is surely going to be adamant about protecting his baby's privacy too. We already don't get to see too much of William's children. There will likely be even fewer photo-ops with H&M's family.

I'm already missing seeing Meghan's dogs, because in her previous life she used to share so many photos of Bogart & Guy. We did get to see cute family photos a couple of times with W&K with George and Lupo, and a few years later with George, Charlotte, & Lupo in a grassy setting.

So hopefully, we'll get to see pictures of H&M with the baby along with Guy and the new dog. But there are no guarantees, especially not with OTT pile-on stories about the pregnancy, etc.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:46 PM
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I think a photocall outside the hospital will still be expected of Harry & Meghan as it's a bit of a tradition ie Anne, Diana, Sarah, Sophie & Kate have all done it. Harry is a high profile royal (as confirmed by the Queen's diamond jubilee balcony group) so if they slip away privately, it will be unusual.
Some on that list did not hide from cameras but didnít exactly hold a photocall, either. After Zara and Jamesí births, Anne and Sophie & Edward left the hospital by the doors where press were camped out, so they were more allowing pictures than posing for them. Interestingly, in the pictures Iíve seen from after Peterís birth, a nurse carried him out for photographers to see but neither parent was there. And of course, when Louise was born she had to be rushed to another hospital for specialty care, so photos were the last thing on anyoneís mind. The public had to wait two months for the release of a photo taken by Prince Andrew. Sarah and Andrew, on the other hand, held photocalls. They werenít at St. Maryís, though. Bea and Eug were both born at Portland Hospital in London, another private maternity facility. All of Princess Margaretís grandchildren were born there, too.

All that to say that there are options for how Meghan and Harry handle where to deliver and how to introduce the baby, even just within the precedent set by the last generation of the BRFóprobably more leeway than William and Kate had.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:59 PM
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Thanks for that information. Indeed, it seems to me that M&H have any number of options. And once again, I feel they could decide to be ultra private and not announce anything. Meghan might simply be wisked off to the hospital when the time comes, and we don't really know how far along she actually is. The baby could be delivered without hoopla and photos shared later.

Therefore no need for OTT excess about what she wears and how she looks after giving birth.
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:51 AM
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More on the royal tradition of leaving hospital in front of the world's press rather than slipping privately out of another exit or not informing the press of the labour or any other scenario that differs from what's generally been done previously.

Princess Anne & Mark Phillips leaving the Lindo Wing with their son Peter in 1977:
https://www.macleans.ca/wp-content/u..._GLIMPSE06.jpg
and
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...hoto/849181140

Anne & Mark leaving the Lindo Wing with daughter Zara in 1981:
https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img...dary/50811.jpg

Diana & Charles leaving the Lindo Wing with William in 1982
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...photo/79732082

Diana & Charles leaving the Lindo Wing with Harry in 1984
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...oto/1041871820

Sarah & Andrew leaving the Portland hospital with Beatrice in 1988
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...oto/1041871160

Sarah & Andrew leaving the Portland hospital with Eugenie in 1990
https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incomin...ke-of-York.jpg

Sophie & Edward leaving Frimley Park hospital with Louise in 2003
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...photo/52117215

Sophie & Edward leaving Frimley Park hospital with James in 2007
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...photo/78594700

And of course there are tons of photos of Kate & William leaving the Lindo Wing with their babies.

Meghan & Harry may choose to do things differently but it would be considered unusual for high profile royals.
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:10 AM
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I doubt Meghan will choose to have her baby at home. She is an advocate for more education and accessibility concerning menstrual health. She'd be a fool not to understand that a hospital birth is safer. Not to mention, the numbers are there. It's proven that a home birth is more dangerous to mother and child. They'd set themselves up for A LOT of criticism if they were to go with the home route.
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:17 AM
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At 37 years old and having a first child, no doctor in their right mind would recommend a home birth, especially with a royal baby. As far as I'm concerned, that idea is a nonstarter.
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:22 AM
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I suspect the home birth scenario is the product of a journalist's imagination. I seem to remember when Kate was pregnant with Louis there were stories in the press that she was opting for a home birth at KP. That didn't happen either. I wouldn't be surprised if Meghan and Harry decide not to go to St Mary's for the birth though. Perhaps Frimley Park.
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