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Second Royal Baby is On the Way: Kate Announces She Is Pregnant

Monday, September 8, 2014

I don't think that any news today can top the wonderful announcement this morning that Kate is in fact pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately, as many of us had feared, Kate is again experiencing the very severe morning sickness that she did when pregnant with George: hyperemesis gravidarum.




As you no doubt remember from December of 2012, Kate was hospitalized at Edward VII after she became very, very sick at her parents' home in Bucklebury over a relaxing weekend. Ultimately, the royal couple were forced to prematurely announce the news because Kate had to be hospitalized and re-hydrated. It is a very serious condition when left untreated. 

From all accounts, it is entirely miserable. William made reference to his wife illness at the time, "I don’t know why they call it morning sickness – they should call it all-day and all-night sickness... She feels like it is going to go on forever.” You probably remember the very brief appearance she made for BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award as a presenter. Just a few weeks after her hospitalization the still sick Duchess looked wan at best. She driven to the show for her presentations only, and after graciously chatting with some of the athletes was driven home straight away.

For some women, the nausea and vomitting go away after the first trimester and for others it persists throughout the pregnancy. We all were hoping so much the first time around that Kate would be someone relieved after a trimester, and very happily, she was. Hopefully, she will once again be a "lucky" one.

Obviously, Kate has withdrawn from her scheduled engagement today, and I imagine she will not be present at the other two, but it is possible she will be able to make at least one Invictus event for Harry--maybe the ceremony on the 11th? Kate is being privately treated at her Kensington Palace home and it is not entirely clear how long she has been ill (i.e. known she is pregnant), but the Palace said the couple only discovered recently and that Kate has not hit the 12 week mark. essentially, the same as last time. We saw her trucking through King's Cross just a little over a week ago, so it seems reasonable to say this is a very new development, but she could already have been resting for several days at this point. The key reason this is announced today and not perhaps next week, is obviously that she had an engagement planned. They had to announce a little sooner rather than a little later, although this is not something you can keep under wraps the way a regular pregnancy can be concealed.  

This also throws into question her scheduled tour of Malta this month. It could be very hard to travel in her condition, not to mention other security concerns with the heightened interest. I would not be surprised if the trip were cancelled.

This is the complete text of the Palace's press release announcing the pregnancy:

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.


The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.


As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

This post will be updated as information becomes available.

28 comments:

  1. It will be another boy... Due in April... She won't go to Malta IMO...

    But why did the announce the trip knowing she was pregnant? Unless she has just found it...

    Sorry if I sound harsh but I am shocked

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    1. No, no, they have not known long. The Malta tripped was planned long before she was pregnant. Even today's engagement was on the books before. This hyperemesis gravidarum hits you hard and hits you early.

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    2. And, the Hyperemesis may be the first indication you are pregnant. I had it with my son, it was absolutely horrible. I knew I was pregnant exactly 1 day before it hit so it's reasonable to conclude that she didn't know. Particularly because she was enjoying a little wine just a little while ago, which I would assume she wouldn't do if she knew she were pregnant.

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  2. I think they just found out last week. She was spotted drinking wine when they were in Norfolk two weeks ago so I'm guessing she didn't know she was pregnant.

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  3. Talk about having your kids back to back! George is only just 1. My goodness LOL that's going to be a busy household. Good thing they can afford full time help ;) I hope everything goes well for her this time and that her sickness is only going to last a very short while.

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    1. Well, by the time Cambridge 2 is born, George will be just a few months shy of 2 years old, which I think is relatively standard for many families.

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  4. First I'd like to say it is certainly happy news. However, the timing seems odd due to the announced trip to Malta but also because of their earlier announcement that they would be living in Norfolk due to Williams job with the emergency service. If she is now based at Kensington due to her morning sickness, as she seemed to be most of her first pregnancy, and William is in Norfolk, it appears they will be apart for much of the pregnancy. Of course, if she gets over this after the first trimester, perhaps she can once again join him. Perhaps that explains their seemingly hasty return to London last week, just after she was reported to have had a wine spritzer during their date night. Possibly that particular part of the report was inaccurate. I find it unlikely that she would be completely unaware that she was pregnant if, as I read, she is approaching her twelfth week. In no way do I mean this to be critical. Just an observation. Hope she gets over morning sickness quickly and the pregnancy progresses with much health.

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    1. Regarding possible alcohol consumption, if women aren't trying it can take them 1-2months to realize they are pregnant. So maybe they weren't actively trying, which may be why she was unaware. Or the report was inaccurate. Either way, a small amount that early on won't do damage so the baby will be fine :-)

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    2. She is nowhere near the 12 week mark. Based on William's comments this morning, they just found out within the past week, if that. There is nothing to suggest that she is not still going to be based in Norfolk. She just happens to be at KP now, most likely due to the fact that they had events this week.

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    3. Hi Kathy: So, I think my of your comment has already been addressed. Just as William was working in Anglesey while Kate was pregnant with George and she joined him fairly quickly, almost as soon as possible, I would say, I think we can expect the same here. My bet is she will be in London for as long as her doctor wants her there, but then she will take George and they will join Willian in Norfolk where she can get quiet, privacy, and rest.

      William seemed to indicate that Kate has been sick approximately a week, and I doubt they knew much before that. The Palace announces the due MONTH (not date) after she crosses the 12-week mark. Last time she was pregnant, she got sick the first week of December and they announced her due-month on January 14th, I think. George was born July 22. I think we are quite early in this pregnancy.

      I am hopefully she will bounce back quickly, too!

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  5. Hi Jane I have been absent for a while but what news to come back to ! Congratulations to William and Kate. I am so shocked! I heard rumours but I honestly didn't think she would be pregnant again so soon! This is amazing news. I hope she gets better soon and hopefully she has learnt some ways to cope and she knows it won't go on forever. God bless them. I don't expect her to attend any of the planned engagements then she needs to rest and this time she has George to look after. Wow! Thank you for your breaking if the news Jane, your blog is wonderful it's good to be back! Hope she gets well soon! :)

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    1. Welcome, Simmy! I am stoked you have returned. :) I think this week is out. You just can't be a royal, running about with a million cameras trained on you and wondering if you will be suddenly sick. That would terrible front page. Honest facts, there. ;)
      I agree, though, she has been through it before, so she has a sense that it will end, and probably sooner than she had worried last time.
      We have a wonderful 2015 to look forward to!

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  6. Oh, what great news! I just had a hunch she was pregnant again, based on her outfits lately. Morning sickness tends to hit around 6 - 8 weeks, so she's might be as far along as last time. Maybe this will be a late March or April baby? (Am I counting 40 weeks right?)

    As for the white wine spritzer...eh. Either inaccurate, meant to throw people off and she secretly switched drinks with William at some point during the meal, or it's true and she figured no harm/no foul.

    The attitude towards drinking while pregnant seems to be a bit more lax in England than in the U.S. (I'm always shocked when I see pregnant women in British tv shows drinking wine!). Before 16 weeks, since the baby isn't living off the placenta yet, it doesn't matter too much if you drink a tiny bit anyways (not that I'm recommending it).

    Here's hoping she feels much better soon!

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    1. Agreed! Babies are so protected in early pregnancy that if you have a small amount of alcohol it really isn't dangerous. Just like a little drinking while breast feeding isn't dangerous. Anyhoo, it might just mean they didn't plan this baby which is all the more cute and down-to-earth. These things happen to a lot of couples :-)

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    2. And, a white-win spritzer is mixed with water anyway, so...I don't put any stock really in she had a sip of wine/she didn't have a sip of wine. She isn't going to telegraph her private life that way.

      This is the math I have done...baring in mind I am terrible at math.

      Last time, Kate went to hospital the first week of December. The Palace announces the due-month after the 12 week mark.

      They announced July on January 14th.

      George was born the 22.

      Sooo...assuming her morning sickness is kicking in around the same time as it did last time, I agree with April. It won't be as hot outside the hospital. :)

      I don't think they knew, honestly. Otherwise, I don't think they would have added two more engagements to the calendar.

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  7. I was most surprised by the pregnancy announcement; I would have thought that Kate, having suffered from HG while carrying George, might have needed a bit more time to recover--minerals and other bodily nutrients--before entering into a second pregnancy.

    Having said that, under normal circumstances, this second pregnancy is rather normally timed, with a gap of roughly one year and nine months between the two births--and Kate's age also has to be taken into consideration; 32 is fine, but 34/35 gets into iffy territory and might result in necessary medical aid. (Does anyone actually believe that Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, conceived both of her two children naturally, at ages 38 and 42?) That sort of medical intervention is both costly and hard on the woman involved.

    Hats off to Kate if this pregnancy was HER choice--and I really hope that this one is a girl. (I think Kate would enjoy a daughter.) And may her HG be short-lived.

    The good news is that George will have a built-in playmate in the Boondocks/Anmer Hall. JC

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    1. Has Sophie publicly spoken that they were natural? Just curious. They could have been private about medical intervention. But yes, some women are naturally fertile and lucky!

      Just regarding your comment "hats off to Kate if this pregnancy was HER choice". I'm sure you didn't mean it to be, but it sounds a little negative. Women all over have unplanned pregnancies, and she's married and stable so even if it wasn't planned they knew they wanted a family and more child(ren). So it was absolutely her choice to have this baby. Plus, we all know that once you start doing the horizontal polka you are accepting the possibility of a baby...especially if you are in a happy, stable relationship that wants children :-)

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    2. Hi :-) Fertlity differs so widely from woman to woman. I had my third child at 41 without any medical intervention. You are right though. One never knows if you'll be in that percentile.

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    3. Hi Erika ~ I'm 30 and with endometriosis I am not able to have children naturally. We are on a waitlist with a fertility clinic to start IVF treatments. Dealing with infertility and knowing you cannot conceive on your own is devastating. I've learned that many women have had intervention, and I have come to have so much happiness and awe for women of any age who can do it naturally. I really took that for granted until test after test proved I cannot conceive naturally. And I have even more appreciation for people who are considered "older" (in terms of fertility) who can do it naturally. I just had never heard that before about Sophie, so was wondering if she spoke publicly. Some people are fiercely private about these struggles. I was curious.

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    4. Hi Anonymous, I am sorry to hear about your struggle with infertility. I have two friends with endometriosis who are unable to conceive as well. It is a
      devastating and emotionally wrenching diagnosis. More often
      than not people assume I
      conceived with a lot of help, so
      perhaps that was why I was so
      quick to reply. So sorry if I caused
      you any distress. Im not aware of Sophie ever publically saying that they used IVF etc but doesn't mean they didn't. Erika.

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  8. Poor thing. i feel sorry for her to have that terrible type of morning sickness again. Much as she & William wanted another baby, she still has to be anything but happy at the moment. My empathy to her.
    I wish she would take the next three months off and get her needed rest and quiet at Anmer Hall.

    And I hope the baby is a girl!

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    1. I hope it is a girl, too! While I am sure that Kate is physically feeling pretty wretched right now, I can't imagine she also isn't happy and even excited. She loves children and since she has had George, obviously once she gets through this she knows all the joy waiting on the other side. I think William was sincere when he said they are both excited. But, gosh, I do agree it also must be pretty miserable right now. :)

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  9. I had a feeling they wouldn't want a lot of space between babies! Her and Pippa, and William and Harry, are close together. And while they are young, she is in her 30's and royal life will demand a full-time schedule one day. So might as well make babies while the Queen is letting them spend time more privately!

    Does this mean the reports Kate was drinking a white wine spritzer at the pub are wrong? Or is the pregnancy that new? I kind of wondered if this was entirely planned, or a "we won't prevent anything from happening but aren't totally trying yet". Or maybe she wasn't even drinking wine.
    Amanda, Canada

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    1. I don't think the reports were wrong. She is certainly early in her pregnancy. I think around 6 or seven weeks, but possibly 8 or 9. hard to say, obviously. :) But, she either didn't know when she was in Norfolk, OR, a white wine spritzer is pretty tame in terms of alcohol, maybe it was a celebratory dinner? My mom told me when she read about the date and the holding hands, etc, etc, that she thought they were pregnant. Honestly, don't stone me, am not shocked if she had a white wine spritzer. More than one? yes. Hard alcohol? yes. But one watered down drink isn't going to do anything. In my opinion. :)

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  10. Exactly : ) . Before the baby is feeding off the placenta at around 16 weeks (ie getting everything through mom), you don't really have to worry about a little watered-down alcohol (again, not recommending it, but it's really not going to do any harm).

    Who knows if this report is even accurate, though. Ginger ale (good for morning sickness!) could easily be mistaken for a white wine spritzer.

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  11. Thanks Jane! I have to admit, I thought this announcement would come later in the year, so I am happily shocked!! Her upcoming visit to Malta had me convinced that she wouldn't get pregnant before.. but hey, what do I know ! :p I do hope she has a little girl.

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  12. Yay! I'm so happy for them! I wish they didn't have to announce it so early, and that she didn't suffer from HG. But I'm glad she has good care.

    I found out I was pregnant with my second when my first was 9 months old. What a shock! I thought since I was 34 years old at the time that it would take a lot longer to conceive. Boy was I wrong! I was one sick and busy mama for a long time, But now that they're 5 and 6 1/2 is so much fun and they (usually) play well together.
    Congratulations, William and Kate!

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  13. She is having a boy...

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