Speculation continues to grow over which figure within the Royal Family will follow Princess Eugenie and announce they are expecting. Eugenie, and husband Jack Brooksbank, stunned Windsor fans after they confirmed the couple would be welcoming a youngster in early 2021. And the excitement which has gripped Royal Family supporters has led to questions over who might be next, including the likes of Kate, and her sister Pippa.
But reports show when both Kate and Pippa were pregnant with their first children, their births and the impact on their bodies could not have been more different.
While expecting Prince George, Kate endured hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare form of acute morning sickness, which saw her hospitalised for several days.
After her stay was confirmed by the Palace, CNN royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained that this “complication” would ensure she followed her mother-in-law Princess Diana in giving birth in hospital.
She said: “Kate will definitely give birth in a hospital, certainly if she is still enduring complications such as this.
“They’ll be keen for Kate to get the best care possible because ultimately she is carrying the heir to the throne.”
Ms Arbiter added at the time: “They’ll want to be in a hospital for the best facilities, the best level of care in case any complications arise [since] Kate could be considered a high-risk pregnancy.”
She would eventually give birth to George in St Mary’s Hospital’s Lindo wing in 2013 – where her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry were born.
But the difficulties and trauma experienced by Kate were not replicated when her sister announced she was pregnant, and expecting Arthur.
Writing for Waitrose Weekend in 2018, she said: “When I learned the happy news that I was pregnant, I realised I needed to adjust my normal four-to-five-day-a-week routine and find a way of continuing my exercise safely throughout the three trimesters.
“I was lucky to pass the 12-week [mark] without suffering from morning sickness.
“That meant I was able to carry on as normal and continue most of my sports with better knowledge and, more importantly, professionals to learn from.”
Pippa gave birth to Arthur Michael William on October 15, 2018 at St Mary’s Hospital, in London, and at the time it was claimed Kate may miss Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding as she planned to be by her sister’s side as she gave birth.
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She is renowned for her love of endurance racing, and once completed a 3,000-mile cycling race across the US and a seven kilometre swim in Istanbul to raise money as part of her role as an ambassador to the British Heart Foundation.
In 2015, alongside her husband – and Arthur’s father – James Matthews, she participated in a 47-mile swim, in honour of her partner’s brother who lost his life while on a mountain climbing trek.
After Arthur was born, Pippa was concerned about how she would continue her fitness regime, and admitted that she found her “saving grace” within a local baby gym.
The space allowed her to workout while Arthur was able to “build his own confidence”, playing on mini trampolines, soft objects and playmats.
She added: “Arthur burns lots of energy in this safe environment and learns many physical skills. I have also noticed him building his confidence with each visit.”
— to www.express.co.uk