The Nutrition Twins weigh in: Is Kate too thin to conceive?

Celebrities / Health & Fitness / March 3, 2012

There has been much speculation ever since she tied the knot with Prince William as to when Kate Middleton would hear the pitter patter of tiny feet.

But on every occasion when she steps into the spotlight, it’s not just her fashion choices which capture people’s attention, but her increasingly shrinking frame.

Bearing her lithe figure in mind, we sought the expert advice of The Nutrition Twins to see, that perhaps, is Kate too skinny to currently conceive.

They write….

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.

We wish her luck!

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Melissa Myers
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years, both in London and New York. She now focuses much of her time helping bring inspiring stories to light and, additionally, her project "Makeover with Meaning," which seeks to add a sprinkle of happiness into the lives of those who need it most.

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on March 4, 2012

First of all she has not even been married a year so everyone should step back on that, but have you two taken a look in the mirror – I am pretty sure you are both under weight and low BMI’s so don’t knock the princess.

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