People magazine’s cover this week questions whether Kate Middleton is pregnant.
Their friends are having kids. They’re getting ready to start making family-friendly renovations to their home at Kensington Palace. And their first anniversary is fast approaching on April 29.
Yes, say royal insiders, Prince William and Kate have babies on the brain.
From their decision to quietly “shelve” a hoped-for trip to Africa to the Palace’s recent sensitivity to speculation on the subject, veteran royal watchers say the couple is poised to start a family sooner rather than later.
In particular, watching their friends become parents “does help” boost William and Kate’s decision to follow suit, a family insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
Although they are unlikely to announce a pregnancy before the Queen’sDiamond Jubilee celebration this summer, like any couple, “they will let nature and life take its course,” adds a royal source.
The problem, however, as we wrote about before, is Kate and her weight.
Kate looks awfully thin. She has been reported to be 5’10 and to weigh around 120 pounds and this is definitely underweight! Based on these numbers Kate’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is 17.2. A healthy (BMI) is 18.5–24.9.
Being underweight can make it nearly impossible to get pregnant in the first place. When the body senses a threat (starvation) like it does when one is underweight, the first thing it shuts down is the reproductive system in order to preserve and save calories for it’s organs that are mandatory for survival (lungs, brain, heart, etc). Not to mention, one reason that the body shuts down it’s reproductive system is to prevent it from bringing a baby into an environment where the baby would not be able to thrive. Usually when women lose too much weight, their bodies tell them that they’re undernourished as they often have amenorrhea, which is the loss of a period.
We would guess that Kate is amenorrheic based on her height to weight ratio. But this is just a speculation. There are a few exceptions to every rule (think Nicole Richie). But for now, we’re guessing that until this Kate eats a bit more and gains at least about 9 pounds (this would put her BMI at 18.5 which is in the normal BMI range) she would not be able to conceive.