in advanced pregnancy, the Duchess of Cambridge - who is reportedly due
on July 13 - never fails to look anything but perfect with her tidy
But what is it like for other women expecting babies at the same time as the Duchess?
Rebecca Ley finds out . . .
Bumping along: The Duchess of Cambridge pictured
looking radiant as she visits the the Warner Brother's studio with her
husband and Prince Harry
Natalie, 29, due July 13
West is married to Philip, 27, a technician for the RAF. They live in
Middlesex and are expecting their first child. She says:
always joke that the Duchess of Cambridge is my rival — amazingly, her
baby is due on the same day as ours. Our husbands work for the RAF,
William and Kate got engaged at the same time as us and set a similar
wedding date. And now she’s even upstaging my pregnancy! Frankly, I hope she’s having a little girl just so the sex of her child is different from ours — we know we are having a boy. Everyone
keeps saying my bump is on the neat side, so I do know a bit about what
it’s like for Kate to constantly have her size remarked upon.I didn’t suffer from extreme morning sickness like her, but I did have constant queasiness up until around 15 weeks. It’s
going to be odd for our baby to have this constant benchmark in the
royal child as they grow up. We will just try to make light of it. But
we have picked a really unusual name for our son, which I’m not going
to reveal just in case Kate copies that, too. If she comes up with the
same name, then I’ll know she’s spying on us!
My bump story: Natalie West, 29, is due on the same day as Kate and Lucy Spollin, 32, has put on two stone
Lucy, 32, due July 16
Kate's bump is tiny, while I’ve put on
Spollin a solicitor, is married to Spencer, 37, an IT manager. They live
in Southampton with their son Henry, 19 months, and are expecting their
second child. She says:
2st. But that’s the good thing about having a summer child — I should
be able to do plenty of walking afterwards to shift the baby weight.That said, my bump is all out front, just as it was with my son, so I think I’m having another boy. I’m not jealous of Kate’s designer
clothes: it is so nice to see a pregnant woman look glamorous and she
seems so happy. It’s been lovely expecting at the same time, as if my
pregnancy is being celebrated just a bit more than normal. In some ways, I’m luckier than Kate — she was so ill in the first few months. I was a bit nauseous, but I’m absolutely fine now.And while it might not be the usual
thing in royal circles for Kate to be considering moving in with her
mother after the birth, I understand why. My parents live 20 minutes
down the road and they play a huge part in looking after my son.
Hannah, 29, due July 24
Abu-Ghaida is a stay-at-home mum married to Ahmad, 36, an architect.
They live in Fulham, South-West London, with their son Faris, 16 months,
and are expecting their second child. She says:
I realised Kate was having a baby at the same time as me, I felt so
happy. I like it that the nation has got a bit of baby fever. But while
this is her first child, I’ve got my heir — this is my spare.I love keeping an eye on Kate’s bump and I’m always interested in what she’s up to. I even dream about the royal baby.
Kate looks fantastic in everything she
Boy or girl? Hannah Abu-Ghaida, 29, is expecting
her second child this summer - and predicts that it's a boy - while
Natalie MacKenzie, 31, knows for sure she is expecting a princess of her
wears and there is no getting around the fact we are different shapes.
My bump is much bigger than hers. I don’t feel jealous, though. As long
as your baby is healthy, that’s all you can ask for.We don’t know what we’re having, but my bump is all out front again, so people are saying it’s probably another boy.Despite
all the glamour, I think Kate’s experience will be harder than mine.
She has to think about the public as well as her own feelings. But I’m
certainly looking forward to poring over pictures of the royal baby.
Natalie, 31, due July 17
MacKenzie, a cognitive rehab therapist, is married to Mike, 33, a film
producer. They live in South-East London and are expecting their first
child. She says:
first 16 weeks of my pregnancy I felt horrendously sick. When I heard
Kate was pregnant and going through something similar, I just thought:
‘Poor girl.’ It must be so hard to be pregnant in the public eye. I even vomited in the fruit and veg aisle in Sainsbury’s — just imagine the fuss if Kate had done something like that!
We did have a giggle when we realised
Longed for: Liz Moore, 41, fell pregnant after trying for four years
she was expecting at the same time as me. We got married just before
William and Kate and had a party for the Royal Wedding when we got back
from honeymoon, so it has felt as if their lives have been mirroring
ours. It’s the first thing people said to us when we told them our happy
news. I love the fact Kate
has made pregnancy so fashionable. She looks great, though I have no
idea how she’s still wearing heels. I can barely stand in mine, let
alone walk. And while
people say she has a small bump, I’m not too big either. Mine suddenly
popped out at 23 weeks and hers is showing more, too. She looks so
relaxed and as if she is embracing it.It
will be interesting to compare the babies once they are born — we know
we are having a girl, so if Kate has a boy maybe we’ve got a future
princess on our hands!
Liz, 41, due July 28
Elizabeth Moore works in A&E and is married to John, 48, a nurse.
They live in Leicestershire and are expecting their first child. She says:
I found out Kate was expecting a baby at the same time as me, I was a
bit worried that people would constantly compare me to her. It took us four years to conceive, so we were thrilled it had happened. If Kate thinks her baby is upstaging mine she has another thing coming. It’s
the first thing people mention when I tell them I’m having a baby in
July — I’ve even got a T-shirt with ‘Royal Baby’ on it. Kate has that Audrey Hepburn elegance even now she’s pregnant, but I can’t expect to keep up with that. Instead of designer fashion, I’ve got most of my maternity clothes from eBay for less than a tenner. But
at least I can go to an aquanatal fitness class and not worry about
what I look like — Kate can’t go anywhere without attracting attention. My bump is neat and all out front, but we don’t know what we’re having. I
know Kate has been criticised for planning to move back to her mother’s
after the birth, but I’m 41 and feel as if I need my mum already. It’s totally understandable.
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