Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Guys!!! Did you read this morning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a baby? I’m usually not a big celebrity/royal/etc follower, but somehow I just love them. As her pretend friend from afar, here’s the one thing I’d tell her about pregnancy…

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace said on Twitter. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

If I could go back in time and tell my pregnant self one thing, I’d say: Trust your gut. People will have endless thoughts on what to eat, wear, do, say, plan and think, but it’s your body and your baby, and you can for sure follow your own instincts. If friends share what worked for them, that’s awesome (I LOVE hearing people’s stories and advice), but you can choose what to take or leave. As Amy Poehler says: “Good for her! Not for me.” (My runner-up piece of advice: Babies be babies:)

Plus, let’s chat about a few other fun things…

Prince Harry as a baby

Who do you think the baby will look like? Here’s scampy Harry…

Meghan Markle as a baby

…and Meghan. Those curls!

What do you think she’ll crave? Apparently, when Kate Middleton was pregnant with her third, she sent Prince William to grab a jar of pickles for her and asked that they be cut into thin slices and served on very toasty toast. Personally, I was obsessed with Cheerios. I’d wake up at 3 a.m., devour a giant bowl, and then climb back into bed.

Harry and Meghan’s baby will be seventh in line to the throne when he or she is born next spring. After Queen Elizabeth, the heirs are:
1. Prince Charles
2. Prince William
3. Prince George
4. Princess Charlotte
5. Prince Louis
6. Prince Harry
7. Harry and Meghan’s baby

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Congratulations to the couple! What advice would you share? If you’ve been pregnant, what helped you during that time?

P.S. More on pregnancy and parenthood, if you’d like to read:
* What if you have a hard time conceiving?
* How did you know you were ready to have a baby?
* My pregnancy survival guide
* A pep talk for pregnant women
* What labor felt like to me (and the comments are fascinating!)
* 15 things I’d tell a new mother
* On having an only child

(Pickles photo by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit.)