MEGHAN Markle is understood to have desperately wanted a “normal, natural birth” in the comfort of her Windsor home.
But as the Duchess appears to be one week overdue and with no sign of her baby’s arrival, Meghan is now facing the prospect of induced labour and a hospital birth.
Doctors have warned that Meghan may need to give birth at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, 15 miles from Frogmore Cottage, if there’s no progress in the next 48 hours.
Induction can be offered seven to 10 days after the due date, although it can be left as late as two weeks if mum and baby are “well and fit”.
At 37, Meghan is considered a “geriatric” maternity patient and this increases her risk of a troublesome labour.
Obstetrician Clive Spence-Jones, of the Whittington Hospital in London, said a study found that women over the age of 36 should consider induction around their due date.
This is because they are at higher risk of complications.
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Meghan is now said to be feeling ‘comfortable’ while being supported by Prince Harry[/caption]
Once Meghan has been induced, she will not be able to have a home birth.
“After induction there are more opportunities for medical intervention to be needed during labour, so home birth is not recommended,” Mr Spence-Jones told the Mail on Sunday.
Older mothers are at a greater risk of developing health conditions which might mean more help is required when giving birth.
There is also a greater chance that mothers over the age of 35, already have conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure which could lead to birthing complications.
The Sun on Sunday previously revealed that Meghan is “nervous” about complications and the prospect of an emergency Caesarean.
This is said to have informed her decision not to have a photocall shortly after the birth.
LABOUR OF LOVE How labour is induced
An induced labour is one that’s started artificially.
It’s fairly common. Every year, one in five labours are induced in the UK.
If you’re being induced, you’ll go into the hospital maternity unit.
Contractions can be started by inserting a tablet (pessary) or gel into the vagina.
If you have a vaginal tablet or gel, you may be allowed to go home while you wait for it to work.
A source told the Sun on Sunday: “Meghan is nervous about complications such as an emergency Caesarean and doesn’t want the pressure of having to look immaculate on the hospital steps just hours later.
“Like any anxious first-time mum, she’s worried about the birth itself.
“As she is over 35 she is considered a slightly older mum – which sometimes can lead to some complications.
“Meghan also has the added stress of the world’s attention on her – everyone wants to catch the first glimpse of the new royal addition.”
Meghan is now said to be feeling “comfortable” while being supported by Prince Harry and her mum Doria Ragland as she prepares to give birth.
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