Meghan Markle allegedly plans to work up until her due date. And it appears that could actually happen, as a royal insider revealed the Duchess of Sussex has experienced a few false alarms and her doctors believe she could go into early labor.
Meghan Markle’s due date
Upon her pregnancy announcement, Kensington Palace revealed that the Duchess of Sussex was due in the spring. And, while in Hamilton Square for a royal engagement, Meghan Markle revealed her baby is due in late April. However, sources close to the royal family told Express that the insight might have been a decoy. “The actual due date is a few weeks before that — senior royals just wanted to give Meghan and Harry a bit of breathing room with all the attention on her pregnancy,” the source noted.
Additionally, some royal fans also believe Meghan Markle’s due date is in March because of her bellybutton. In the later stages of pregnancy, a woman’s bellybutton switches from an innie to an outie and, according to Mirror, the duchess’ bellybutton “popped out” in early January.
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Today The Duchess of Sussex made her first visit to @TheMayhew since becoming Patron – Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care. Among the people she met was Wully, a formerly homeless pet refuge service user, and his two dogs Azzy and Gallis – The Duchess found out about the different ways Mayhew’s animal welfare officers have supported Wully and his pets over the past 11 years. Her Royal Highness also met Roobarb the dog, who is part of Mayhew’s dog therapy programme TheraPaws, which puts smiles on the faces of vulnerable individuals. The Duchess met volunteers who dedicate their time to Mayhew community programmes, including the trap, neuter and return programme, which controls and cares for the feral cat communities in London. And Her Royal Highness was also able to meet the team behind Mayhew’s international work, which includes an overseas vet training programme in countries like India and Afghanistan to help improve animal welfare.
In the late stages of pregnancy, it’s normal to experience Braxton Hicks contractions and, apparently, Meghan Markle already has. “There’s been quite a few false alarms where they thought she was in labor and made arrangements to go to the hospital. It’s been a huge roller-coaster ride,” Express’ royal source explained. “At one point, they even made an emergency dash to the hospital in the middle of the night thinking Meghan was in labor, only to be checked out and given the all clear,” they added.
Will Meghan Markle go into early labor?
If the Duchess of Sussex is due in March, she is likely already full-term, or close to it. That means the royal baby could make an appearance at any point in the next couple of weeks. “Meghan and Harry, and the entire palace, are on high alert because doctors have said that this baby could come any day now,” the source confirms.
The duchess’ baby is already quite big and, apparently, her doctors say “the baby has engaged and she’s showing all the signs that the baby will be here sooner rather than later.”
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Number 7, a Feeding Birkenhead citizens’ supermarket and community café, enables local families to buy their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and provides advice and advocacy on benefits, looking for work, debt, budgeting, and cooking. At Number 7, today officially opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Their Royal Highnesses met beneficiaries of Feeding Birkenhead, a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead. #RoyalVisitBirkenhead #Birkenhead
Meghan Markle’s birth plan
Reports of Meghan Markle’s birth plan contradict each other. Some believe the Duchess of Sussex might give birth at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. And others claim she wants a home birth (or will deliver closer to her new home in Windsor). If her baby arrives earlier than expected, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in London for work, she could deliver at St. Mary’s. After all, Express’ royal source mentioned that they have already experienced a false alarm and made their way to the hospital.
In addition to location, Meghan Markle might have a natural birth. According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex has researched a birthing technique — the same one Kate Middleton allegedly used — called Hypno-Birthing.