Doing it differently! Duchess Meghan welcomed her first child, a boy, on Monday, May 6. However, she had a very different pregnancy than her sister-in-law Duchess Kate.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 37, and her husband, Prince William, share three children. Prince George, 5, was born in 2013, followed by Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 11 months, in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
While carrying all three of her little ones, Kate suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is extreme morning sickness characterized by severe nausea, persistent vomiting and dehydration.
“Usually women who get it once are more likely to get it again,” Dr. Knopman told Us Weekly exclusively in September 2017. “Risk factors include a personal or family history of HG — watch out Pippa! — and a history of motion sickness or migraines.”
This caused Kate to miss many royal engagements during her pregnancies, but Meghan, also 37, has traveled to multiple continents since confirming in October 2018 that she and Prince Harry are expecting a baby.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace’s statement read at the time. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
In January, the former actress told well-wishers in Birkenhead, England, a more specific due date. Meghan said that she is due to deliver in late April or early May — and when her little one arrives, she won’t be taking a long maternity leave.
The duchess “plans to return to work as soon as possible,” a source told Us exclusively in April 2019. “She came into the royal family with so many goals and plans on forging ahead.”
Take a look at the gallery below to see all of the ways that Meghan has veered from Kate’s footsteps during this pregnancy.
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