Bump-watch is well and truly underway for Princess Kate.
As the six-and-a-half month pregnant princess stepped up her work engagements recently, many marveled at Kate’s still-trim physique (those legs!) and wondered: How does she do it?
“She really does have that pregnancy glow – she looks amazing,” midwife and pregnancy expert Zita West tells PEOPLE. “A lot of that is down to genes, but she also has a good support network so she will be feeling good emotionally and mentally too.”
Nearing the end of her second trimester, Princess Kate is even able to fit into her non-maternity wardrobe. “She’s very neat just like last time,” says West, whose clients have included Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and fellow royal mom Sophie Wessex.
“She’s managed to stay looking dainty through both pregnancies,” says Cathy Ranson, editor-in-chief of Netmums, the UK’s biggest parenting site. But, she adds, “It should be remembered that Kate is about five inches taller than the average woman, so she carries the extra weight well.”
And then there is her athletic lifestyle. “Kate is known to work out and enjoy yoga, which will have helped her stay trim and toned before, during and after pregnancy,” says Ranson.
While her bump is remarkably similar in size to her first pregnancy with Prince George, there is one subtle difference, according to expert bump analysts.
“She is carrying a little bit wider,” says West. “But that’s very likely because the muscle just isn’t the same in second pregnancies.”
“You still can’t tell that she is pregnant from the back!”
While bookmakers seem to favor the royal couple having a little girl, any wives’ tales regarding the shape of the bump (such as carrying wide means a girl) are to be ignored, says West, who used to work at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington (where George was born and where it is believed his sibling will be delivered too).
“It’s nonsense,” West says. “I’ve been a midwife for 30 years and there is absolutely no way of determining the sex just from analyzing the bump!”
Pregnancy experts say George’s little sib, whether a sister or a brother, will likely be another big baby just like 18-month-old George himself, who weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs., 6 oz. at the royal birth. He was the heaviest future king to be born in 100 years.
“Just look at George!” West says. “We all thought she was going to have a small baby the first time round, but she had a lovely big baby and I’m sure she will again. ”
With George’s sibling due in April, what is Kate likely to be concerning herself with now?
“At this stage, it’s the most rapid development of the baby’s brain, so she will be taking omega-3 supplements and really looking after herself,” West says. Though that may present challenges.
“Resting is much harder the second time round because she has George to look after. And despite the help, I think she is a very hands-on mom.”