latest cover features several photos of Kate Middleton, Duchess of York, with the splashy headline, "Royal World Exclusive! Kate's First Bump Photos." Celebrity magazines have a bump-watch obsession, often confusing an actress' few-pound weight gain for a bun in the oven. But when your child will be the next heir to Britain's throne, that obsession is, ahem, bumped up a notch.
Britain's royals have yet to comment, although recent comments about their desire to have a family have raised eyebrows. But Kate and William, whose much-publicized royal wedding took place on April 29, 2012, have been married for barely over a year. Is it too soon to have a baby?
Obviously, this is a very personal decision, with different answers for different people. Antiquated as it may seem, it is still Kate's 'royal duty' to produce a heir. Given Princess Diana's sudden death and all the scandal surrounding it, perhaps it's no surprise that the world is eager to see Kate with a baby.
For us normal, non-royal folk, though, life is more complicated. Some people marry with a child already on the way. Other young married couples
wait years to have children, often due to lack of emotional or financial stability.
As the average age of marriage gets older, a woman's ability to have a child comes into consideration, perhaps narrowing the gap between the wedding and the desired time of conception. Still others just want to enjoy each others' company for a while. And some simply don't want kids (though hopefully they've discussed this way before the wedding). How long did you wait after getting married to have children? How long would you want to? Do you think it's too early for Kate and William to have a baby?
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