Following Monday's announcement of Kate Middleton's due date, it's now being reported that the Duchess of Cambridge is around 13 to 14 weeks pregnant. The Daily Mail reports today (Tuesday) she's had her 12 weeks ultrasound and been told the future heir, due in July, is healthy. Despite reaching her second trimester, recent photos of Kate Middleton show only a very tiny, if any, baby bump.
The Duchess made her first, and only, official engagement of the year, so far, on Friday, Jan. 11 when her first portrait was unveiled. If the Kate Middleton portrait hadn't been so controversial, her nearly non-existent baby bump likely would have stolen the headline. Instead, it was more of a footnote that the Duchess of Cambridge is not yet showing. Photos of Kate Middleton from her appearance at the National Portrait Gallery show her wearing a long-sleeve, knee-length flowing dress. She belted it on the higher side and has her hands folded for many of the shots. Still, even profile shots of the Duchess barely show a shadow of a bump.
It could very well be that Kate lost weight early in her pregnancy due to her acute morning sickness. The condition, which causes vomiting and dehydration, hospitalized her for several days in early December 2012. It's not unusual for expectant mothers, who experience nausea in the first trimester, to actually lose weight before gaining baby weight because they don't feel like eating or can't keep food down. Coupled with the fact that many women, especially first time mothers like the Duchess, don't start sporting an obvious baby bump until 12-16 weeks, it could be several more weeks until we get our first real pictures of Kate Middleton's baby bump.
Check out the recent pregnancy pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge in the slideshow on the left sidebar.