As we quickly approach the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s heir we’re also starting to piece together the last 18-months of the royal couple’s life and how the road to parenthood hasn’t exactly been a breeze.
According to the July 22nd print edition of GLOBE sources close to the family say that Kate suffered a miscarriage early in 2012 that devastated her and William. She knew that the pressure was on to produce a royal heir and the deck appeared to be stacked against her. Because of Kate’s extremely thin physique she had a very hard time conceiving and carrying a child to term was also going to be a struggle. After that miscarriage she gained a bit of weight and consulted a fertility specialist.
When Kate finally got pregnant in October of last year the morning sickness set in pretty quickly and both her doctors and the royal family weren’t willing to risk losing another viable pregnancy. That’s one of the main reasons why she spent a few days in the hospital being treated for severe dehydration connected to the sickness. Lots of women end up sick as dogs for months but never end up hospitalized. Kate and the royals had a lot at stake – the future in fact – and no one was taking any chances.
Obviously that early care has paid off and while white knuckling her way through the nine months has been rough, Kate and William are days, maybe hours away from meeting their baby. That in itself is a pretty big accomplishment for a woman who two years ago feared she’d never carry a child to term.
I think hearing that the Duchess had an earlier miscarriage makes the extra caution last winter make a whole lot more sense, don’t you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!