Kate pregnant: Will the Duchess of Cambridge have a third baby in 2017?
SPECULATION is growing that the Duchess of Cambridge could fall pregnant with her third child this year. But will Kate have a baby in 2017?
Will Kate have a baby in 2017?
The Duchess was pictured in a floaty summer dress at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, doing nothing to dispel rumours that she could be expecting.
The bottle-green number featured a loose silhouette and all-over print which concealed her figure but complimented her eyes.
Last weekend, Kate wore an empire-waisted day dress to her sister Pippa’s wedding, which she attended with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Bookmakers have reported a flurry of bets on the Duchess of Cambridge falling pregnant again this year, with an official announcement before the end of the year now odds on at 4/6 with Betfair.
Despite the speculation, a royal source has told the Sunday Express that they would “be very surprised” if William and Kate have a third child.
“They have got a boy and a girl – there is a sense that their family is now complete and they are moving onto the next chapter in their lives,” the source said.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, popularly known as Kate Middleton, are in for a busy year as they move back to London to increase their royal workload.
Their nest will be slightly emptier from September when Prince George, 3, begins school.
Royal fans have speculated that the couple might choose to expand their brood and give Prince George and Princess Charlotte, 1, a younger brother or sister.
A new baby would be fifth in line to the British throne and the Queen’s sixth great-grandchild.
Betfair has given ods of 7/4 for Kate to give birth in 2017, and 2/5 for a royal baby to arrive in 2018.
How would Kate’s third pregnancy differ from her first two?
The Duchess announced her first two pregnancies early on in during the first trimester, as acute morning sickness forced her to cancel several engagements.
She is highly likely to suffer from the condition again during a potential third pregnancy, Doctify gynaecologist & obstetrician Mr Mahantesh Karoshi has explained.
“In women who have suffered recurrent bouts of severe morning sickness, studies suggest a markedly higher recurrence risk (80%) of severe nausea and vomiting in subsequent pregnancies.
“Although the risk for hospitalisation in subsequent pregnancies is likely to be lower, morning sickness can get progressively worse.”
Mr Karoshi added that because Kate is now older, at 35, than she was during her first two pregnancies, she might notice a few differences should she fall pregnant again.
“Her belly might look much farther along than she appeared in her previous pregnancies at the same gestational periods because of repeated stretching of abdominal muscles,” he explained.
What would Kate and Prince William name their third child?
The Duke and Duchess will most likely choose a name with royal heritage.
George and Charlotte are both the names of former British monarchs, in keeping with tradition.
Alice and Victoria are the most likely options if the couple have another daughter, according to bookmakers Betfair.
Prince Philip’s mother was named Alice, as was Queen Victoria’s daughter.
The name also has a special meaning for Kate, who wrote a dissertation on Alice in Wonderland while at university.
Victoria would be a nod to Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch, whose incredible tenure is beaten only by Queen Elizabeth II.
While they are likely options for the royals, both names have fallen out of favour among the general public in recent years.
They both ranked among the top 20 baby girls’ names in the early 1990s, but now rank 24th (Alice) and 98th (Victoria).
If Kate and William have a boy, Betfair predicts that they will call him Arthur or Henry.
Arthur is William’s second name, and was reportedly what Prince Charles originally wanted to call his first born.
The last prominent Prince Arthur was Queen Victoria’s son.
Henry is the name of eight previous kings of England, and is also the correct first name of Prince William’s brother – known to most as Prince Harry.
Both names have experienced a resurgence in recent years after dropping out of the top 100 baby names for the last half of the 20th century.
Arthur is now the 35th most popular name in the UK and Henry is the 13th.
Naming the child after a family member is thought to be a less likely option.
The name Catherine has been given odds of 20/1, with Elizabeth at 16/1, Diana at 25/1 and Camilla 100/1.
For a boy, William is 25/1, with Philip at 12/1 and Harry at 25/
Odds on baby names for Kate and William’s third child
Catherine or Kate 20/1
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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