So the news regarding Kate Middleton's due date (July 13th, if you believe the buzz) is all over the web this week. It's a great date that would make the royal heir (currently the royal baby bump) born a Cancer, verbal and quick-witted, according to astrology. For lots of women who have gone past 40 weeks, however, the buzz around Kate Middleton's due date may bring flashbacks of anxious relatives and caring friends asking what seems at the time like every 20 minutes "are you in labour yet?" And if you think having a betting pool is only done for Kate Middleton's due date, think again -- my lovely (prior) coworkers had one going for mine. The thing is, speaking for myself, when I was in the last month or so of pregnancy I had pretty much two modes when it came to labour. Either I was thinking about it, or I didn't want to be thinking about it. Here's some advice for all people waiting for a baby, they are not personally carrying (royal baby or not), whether they are Prince William, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth, or Kate Middleton's mother: Do not ask about labour. It is not very likely that you will miss the event entirely. Here's what you should ask a pregnant woman approaching her due date instead, particularly in July:
- May I get you a drink?
- Would you like a nap?
- Can I bring you a copy of your favourite movie to watch while I fold the laundry for you?