Where’s that Royal Baby? The Queen and I are tired of waiting!

Poor Kate Middleton. Her due date is believed to have been July 14, and she is now overdue (if that date was right).

I feel terrible for her. It’s awful to miss your due date, and I should know. I was 10 days late with my first and was so anxious for her to arrive. But at least I didn’t have the Queen breathing down my neck. Talk about pressure!

I did have my mother calling with updates about my sister-in-law. She was due later in that same month and apparently was already dilating as my mother enjoyed telling me. That didn’t help my anxiety level.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said the family expects the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth by the end of the week. The Queen was planning to leave for her vacation but is trying to hold off until the baby arrives.

The Duchess may choose to be induced but that’s no picnic either. Depending on how overdue you are, the Pitocin can make the contractions quite painful. (I had to be induced twice and the first time was far worse because I was so overdue.)

The Brits are going crazy betting on the royal baby. You can wager on everything from name to weight to date of birth

From E Online:

Nearly £1 million ($1.5 million!) have already been bet on the child’s future name, gender, weight and, of course, the date on which the little prince or princess will be born.

The gamblers at online betting site William Hill seem to think the Prince or Princess of Cambridge will be born sooner rather than later. They’ve placed 3 to 1 odds on the child being born on Wednesday, 6 to 1 Thursday, 9 to 1 Friday, and 10 to 1 for Saturday. The odds for the rest of July don’t seem as favorable, and the betters give 20 to 1 odds against the royal baby arriving anytime in August.

So here are the questions:

Are you eagerly awaiting the birth of the Royal Baby?

Have you placed any bets on the baby?

Do you think Kate feels a lot of pressure with the Queen hanging around waiting on her?

Were you late? If so, how late?

Did you have to be induced?

How long was your labor? (The AJC has a poll on this. Click here to weigh in.)

43 comments Add your comment

catlady

July 19th, 2013
6:56 am

First child was 10 days late; she weighed 10 lbs. second was 15 days late; he weighed 9 lbs 5 oz. third,was 3 weeks late; my tiny one, she weighed 9 lbs 4 oz. what I got tired of hearing,was, Haven’t you had that baby yet? I wanted to say, ” no, I have decided to wait,a,year.”

Each time I went into labor and was “helped” by the pitocin. Emphasis on,the “hell” part.

I will be glad,when Kate has the baby; then we can go back to worrying about the Kardashiana.

mystery poster

July 19th, 2013
7:12 am

First child, 27 days late. Failed induction resulting in C-section. You are correct, pitocin contractions are the worst! Baby was 9 lbs, 9 oz.

Second baby, 37 days late. Homebirth, 10 lbs, 10 ounces. My midwife referred me to a doctor when I was about a month overdue, and he told me that if he induced, I would end up with another cesarean because my cervix wasn’t ready. He said that there’s never been a case of a woman pregnant forever, that babies all come eventually. He explained the pros and cons of waiting or inducing, and said if I wanted to induce he’d be there Thursday morning and to just show up.

Catlady is correct about the phone calls. We started turning off the ringer on our phone so we wouldn’t have to deal with it (this was back in the days of landlines). I had to tell my mother a million times, “mom, I wouldn’t have the baby and not tell you.” ha ha.

mystery poster

July 19th, 2013
7:33 am

Although none of my mother’s were late, one of her sisters had two 10 month babies. She told me, “I cried every day and ate a dozen donuts.”

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

July 19th, 2013
7:40 am

Now they won’t let you be too late — 10 days was the limit at Piedmont — but one article says they’ll let Kate go 14 days.

K's Mom

July 19th, 2013
7:51 am

I thoroughly enjoy this couple and wish the absolute best for them. I cannot imagine having the whole world waiting on the birth of my child. My first started flipping so we induced two days before his due date and I ended up having a csection. Pitocin gave me no issues. I did not get any pain relief until we decided to do a csection. Of course I’d had 3 surgeries before then for endometriosis, so it could just be that pain that severe was normal to me. Second time I had a scheduled csection and it was a breeze!

mystery poster

July 19th, 2013
7:51 am

I was lucky to find a doctor that believed that not all woman fit into exactly the same timeline. I had to drive 100 miles to find him.

FCM

July 19th, 2013
7:55 am

People who know their history know the royal baby would not be born on Bastille Day! The English-French wars are not about that day, but oh my what kind of future English monarch wants to celebrate his birthday then?

For similar reasons we know the royal would not have shown up early, on July 4 either.

All kidding aside, I am sure that the Duchess is more tired of waiting than you or the Queen. I am also sure they will work it out. I do pray it goes well for her.

In 1776 we declared our Independence from England, and have spent most every year since continuing to remark on what the Royals are doing. We Americans are an interesting lot.

z

July 19th, 2013
7:57 am

Living vicariously through others, pitiful. This facination with the whole thing is truly lost on me.

Lynn G

July 19th, 2013
8:16 am

A late baby is always going to be huge, because babies gain a pound a week the last month. They’re often around 3-4 lbs. a month before, and 7-8 lbs. at birth. While a very late baby may slow down on the growth after 2 weeks, it’s likely Kate is looking at a 10 lbs. if she goes 2 weeks. Then would probably need to be cesarean, the hips decide.

Techmom

July 19th, 2013
8:24 am

Wow, I didn’t think most doctors would allow women to go that far overdue these days. Seems like I hear more and more about scheduled inductions based on the doctor or parents’ schedules which I don’t particularly agree with.

I’ve never heard that pitocin is worse if you’re overdue. What exactly makes it worse?

I was a week overdue, went into labor and then it stalled so I still ended up with Pitocin (and 27 hours labor- gah! it was bad!)

cobbmom

July 19th, 2013
9:10 am

Due to health issues both my children were induced at 38 weeks. I had 5 hour labor/deliveries and the contractions weren’t as strong as menstrual cramps. I also had a completely female OB/GYN office and delivery room staff.

Atlanta mom

July 19th, 2013
9:15 am

I was given some wise advice. Tell everyone your due date is three weeks later than it actually is.
As for labor, it took my first child three hours(with help from pitocin). Second child was born about an hour after the first labor pain, and the third child–I called the doc before I had a contraction, the hospital was four miles away and at five in the morning we barely made it.

The Carnivore

July 19th, 2013
9:23 am

These royals take a long time to die off. At the rate they are going, this baby won’t rule England for another 120 years. So I don’t care too much about the birth.

elgrunir

July 19th, 2013
9:31 am

Ah, yes,

Fascination with–and worship of–children are alive and well, unfortunately.

justmy2cents

July 19th, 2013
9:31 am

In order- no, no, no, no, n/a- yes to being induced with the first one due to pre-eclampsia, 2nd was emergency c-section due to prolapsed cord. Labor with my 1st, with the pitocin, was 8 hours- it went slow because of the meds to prevent a seizure due to the pre-eclampsia. Always remember- the due date given is an ESTIMATED due date, not a 100% accurate.

pj

July 19th, 2013
9:40 am

It’s healthier to wait until labor starts naturally. Thank god they’re not “making” her go into labor. I think your poll shows that many labors go on longer than they might have and I’m guessing that many of them are because of medical interference.

pj

July 19th, 2013
9:44 am

plus I agree with z.

Aubrey

July 19th, 2013
10:13 am

We don’t even know if that IS her due date but even so… the average gestation for a first time mom is 41 weeks and 3 days. Why is everyone in such a rush!? Baby will be born when he/she is ready.

Gah

July 19th, 2013
10:54 am

My first was right on time, but had to be born emergency c-section after 36 hours of labor. (She was born June 29, 1978.) I didn’t even see her that first day because I was so knocked out. (They put you under “back then”.) My 2nd, my son, born January 25, 1982, was born about a week early by c-section “appointment”, so no labor! That was GREAT…especially thinking about my 1st’s 36 hour labor! I wasn’t looking forward to going through that again. I got to hold him almost immediately, and felt so much better than I did the first time.

Gah

July 19th, 2013
10:54 am

P,.S. I think it’s a princess, and she will be born on MY birthday, July 25.

Aubrey

July 19th, 2013
11:32 am

To Theresa’s Comment “They won’t let you be too late”. A responsible and educated provider absolutely will. You will notice that the vast majority of providers that won’t let you be too late also are in hospitals with obscenely high c/s rates… many for Failure to wait (rather than the more mother blaming approach of failure to progress). ACOG guidelines specifically state that induction without medical reason before 42 weeks should be avoided. I wish more women in this country were informed about their birth and didn’t take the doctor’s word for it as many go directly against the published guidelines of their governing board.

BlondeHoney

July 19th, 2013
11:38 am

My first was born right on his due date after about 12 hours of labor; they used pitocin because my epidural slowed down labor, so i had no clue if pitocin made it worse or not. 2nd came a few days early after only about 5 hours labor. I didn’t think either that doctors let you go beyond two weeks because amniotic fluid gets too low; my daughter-in-law was induced after being 1 week overdue.

mystery poster

July 19th, 2013
12:45 pm

I also want to comment on “they won’t let you be late.”
It is MY body and MY decision as long as the baby is healthy.

@Atlanta Mom
I like the idea of telling everyone your due date is 3 weeks later than it actually is. If I wasn’t done having children I’d certainly use that.

I don’t know if pitocin is harder when you’re overdue, but what they told me was that the pitocin contractions don’t build to the peak and then decline, they start right on peak. I don’t think that being late would contribute to that.

mystery poster

July 19th, 2013
12:47 pm

@ Aubrey
“I wish more women in this country were informed about their birth and didn’t take the doctor’s word for it as many go directly against the published guidelines of their governing board”

Amen… women have not evolved in less than a generation to be unable to birth their own babies.

Old timer

July 19th, 2013
1:10 pm

Both of mine a week early…small, 5 pounds. Labor started on its own, slowed and pitocin administered, ending with an epidural……my best friend. I think they are born when ready also…

K's Mom

July 19th, 2013
1:42 pm

Thank God for medical intervention or I never even would have become pregnant. The naturalists can poo poo medical intervention, but my dad’s great grandfather was married 4 times because 3 of his wives died giving birth (as did the children) at home. I thank God for my doctor and her medical expertise in my unique situation. If you want to carry your child for 15 months…go for it, but do not preach that the medical establishment is evil to a group of mothers unless you know every single circumstance of her female history and pregnancy!

jarvis

July 19th, 2013
1:47 pm

Do rats, cats or bats ever run past their live birth due dates?

Kat

July 19th, 2013
2:48 pm

The British do not hand out c-sections as often as Americans do. Since a mid-July due date is variable in its very wording, she’s not “overdue.” Calm down, people. Live your own lives, and don’t worry about the Royals. We are here and they are there for a reason.

Kat

July 19th, 2013
2:50 pm

I like Theresa’s column, except when people start sharing birth stories. No one cares about your pain, as many of us have experienced it.

catlady

July 19th, 2013
3:27 pm

Lynn, I believe after the due date the baby starts to LOSE a little weight. I know each dr looked at my newborn and proclaimed it definately post-mature.

And, no way she will have a baby over 8 lbs!

Techmom’s, I think the pt-pain is,worse exactly because the cervix just isn’t ready.

I wanted to wait until labor started on its own, as long as there were no signs the baby was in distress. Luckily that happened, although with non-productive labored, I still had,the usual induction stuff. Miserable.

My,elder daughter’s first baby was induced a week earlier. She waited for natural labor for the second, and although he was a pound and a half bigger, she said it was much better; she would never want to be inducted again!

motherjanegoose

July 19th, 2013
3:48 pm

My first {son) was a week early and 10 1/2 pounds. Dr. told me he would have been over 11 if we went to term. NO I was not huge and NO I did not have diabetes. Actually, I was not huge but my stomach was. This was before they did routine sonograms and EVERYONE told me I was certainly having twins….except my Dr. Pitocin was the most evil drug I have ever taken. They used it one me with my daughter, as I was late and they induced me. After that, I NEVER wanted to give birth again.

Becky

July 19th, 2013
3:53 pm

Actually on the news this morning, they were saying that today is her “actual” due date..So she isn’t late..

I’m interested in when the roayl baby will be here, but am more excited by the birth of my new great niece..She (Melody) was born Tues and her Mom had to have an emergency C-section..Thankful that both of them are doing great..

Tim

July 20th, 2013
7:23 am

@GAH My birthday is Thursday also, so the prince will be born on that day.

motherjanegoose

July 20th, 2013
9:28 am

Becky …congrats and I hope to see you in September!

Old School

July 20th, 2013
4:59 pm

We have government commercials encouraging women to wait until full term to deliver (apparently having a doctor make delivery more time-convenient is becoming a serious problem) and everywhere else we see institutional impatience as Kate waits for nature to take its course. You people are all pathetic. Get a life and start worrying about something that really matters, like the imminent demise of the American empire and its economy.

DB

July 21st, 2013
6:31 pm

Well, you have to understand — the Queen isn’t “breathing down her neck” – if the Queen has decided to hang around waiting for the birth, that’s HER choice, and any “inconvenience” is strictly the invention of the media. I daresay that, in their own home and in their own family, they are somewhat protected from all the crazy speculation. I think it was brilliant having Kate stay with her parents for a few weeks toward the end. And if she’s as smart as I suspect she is, she’s probably stopped reading the newspapers a long time ago!!

She’ll have the baby when she’s good and ready, and not one minute before :-) I had Pitocin for both of mine — the first time, labor was “non-productive” even with Pitocin, and I ended up with a 9 lb 13 oz baby a week late by C-section. With my second, they induced because they were worried about a spike in blood pressure a week late, and the baby was 8 lb 12 oz. I HATED Pitocin. One minute, you’re sitting there, calm as a cucumber, and the next minute, you’re “OMIGOD!!!” You don’t have a chance to get on top of the contractions — it’s just BAM!

Becky

July 22nd, 2013
7:43 am

@MJG..Thank you..That would be great..

???

July 22nd, 2013
11:16 am

Where’s the Royal baby? Simple, same place it’s always been, in the mother’s womb. Next question.

Chip Shirley

July 22nd, 2013
12:33 pm

William is Not Baby’s Father! I AM!
I am the real father of Kate’s baby! I am! It was a cold dark night as my cab roamed the streets of London…..CONT.
http://ChipShirleyShow.blogspot.com/

thekimmer

July 22nd, 2013
1:10 pm

Are you eagerly awaiting the birth of the Royal Baby? No

Have you placed any bets on the baby? No

Do you think Kate feels a lot of pressure with the Queen hanging around waiting on her? No

Were you late? If so, how late? NA

Did you have to be induced? NA

How long was your labor? NA

JLM

July 22nd, 2013
1:46 pm

We should apply for joining the commonwealth, this will be the only way to get rid of the ‘pay to play’ attitudes in the senate.

newbi@

July 22nd, 2013
2:21 pm

I do not believe you can be 37 days late. I believe the date was picked wrong in the first place, or your guesses were off. Maybe you had a period the first month or two, but NO WAY you were 37 days LATE