Since the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton announced her pregnancy, the world has been abuzz about everything from the baby's gender to how the couple will adjust to life as parents. Now, news recently broke that Middleton's due date is in this July. The Royal Family confirmed the rumors shortly after people had originally speculated that the baby could come as early as May.
''Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in July," the palace said in a statement, according to ABC News. "The Duchess's condition continues to improve since her stay in [the] hospital last month.''
During her first trimester, Middleton was hospitalized for severe morning sickness, which created a media circus around the Royal Family. However, all is well now in England as the duchess and Prince William plan for a summer delivery.
The main way that physicians and expectant mothers calculate their due dates is by taking the first day of their last period, counting back three months, then adding seven days, according to Discovery Health. However, pregnancy can last anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks, which leaves room for inaccuracy.
The gender of the baby can be determined as early as 12 weeks into pregnancy. An ultrasound is conducted to give individuals an image of the fetus as it's developing. In addition to verifying the gender of the baby, the test can help parents ensure the fetus is growing into a healthy baby. However, some people choose to keep the gender a secret until the day of the delivery.
How have you calculated your due date in the past? Do you know prefer to find out the sex of your child or leave it as a surprise? Leave your feedback in the comments section!