Kate Middleton pregnancy: Midwife reveals what Kate can expect as baby due ‘any minute’
KATE Middleton is due to give birth “any minute now” according to her husband Prince William as the Duchess of Cambridge enters her final month of pregnancy with royal baby number three.
Kate’s blooming baby bump has become noticeably larger in recent weeks and the Duchess is now understood to be taking time off from her royal duties as she prepares for the latest addition to her family with William.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already an official page set up on the Royal Family’s website suggesting the arrival of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s new sibling is imminent.
And Dede Efueye, a midwife with Private Midwives, has revealed what Kate can expect during her final trimester.
Ms Efueye told the Express.co.uk: “In the last month of pregnancy, a baby’s growth accelerates so mothers can expect to feel the heaviest as they approach their due date.
“Kate may find it gets harder to stay on her feet all day during her day to day visits and royal activities.
“We know that babies can be born safely anytime from 37 weeks until 42 weeks.
“The most important thing is that women give themselves time to prepare emotionally as well as physically for the arrival of their baby.”
When asked about when it is likely Kate will be out and about again following the birth, Ms Efueye said: “This depends on the type of birth a mother has had and the length of the labour. Some women may have had quick births or a good working epidural that allowed them to rest more during the labour and therefore they may feel quite rested after the birth.
“Some women who have had caesarean sections, long inductions or complications during the birth may need some more time to recover.
“Overall, it is important for mums to spend the first 4-6 weeks doing lots of skin-to-skin, resting and bonding with the baby. Both mum and baby need time to adjust to their new life together.”
The UK’s leading pregnancy experts with Emma’s Diary, which is published on behalf of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), earlier revealed Kate’s baby “is likely to weigh the same as a small watermelon right now” which is approximately 6lb 6oz (2.9kg).
In the final month, Kate is likely struggling with sleep as well as suffer from leg cramps and aches and pains and preparatory contractions.
The mother-of-two appears to have been expecting this as she has not conducted a royal engagement since last week, after a busy schedule over February and most of March.
Sally Goodwin, a hospital midwife, said: “The last few weeks of your pregnancy are both exciting and tiring. Kate may need to take naps now, where she can.
“Relaxing as often as possible will help Kate, as things will soon become much busier when her baby arrives.
Kate may find it gets harder to stay on her feet all day during her day to day visits and royal activities
Dede Efueye – midwife
“It is also perfectly normal for women to focus on their due date at this stage of pregnancy too and it’s understandable to feel disappointed if baby has not arrived by this date, but it’s worth remembering that only five percent of babies are actually born on this estimated date of birth.”
An Emma’s Diary statement added: “Kate could go into labour at any time now so her body will be preparing for this.”
A Kensington Palace spokeswoman has previously told the Express.co.uk they would not comment on the Duchess of Cambridge’s due date.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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