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An overdue baby feels the same to everyone – even royalty. So what do you do while you wait? Do you pop to Granny’s castle for a swim?

Whether you’re royalty or not, an overdue baby feels the same to everyone.

Regardless of who you are, where you live or whether you wear a crown or not, an overdue baby causes the same impatience, discomfort and cries of “I just want this baby OUT NOW” for everyone. Even for the Duchess of Cambridge.

We’re betting Wills has had his ear bent with a few complaints like that over the last few days, as Kate sighs and gets up for the 10th time during the night to have a wee (not that she’s sleeping, because …who can?).


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And if it’s Baby Number 2, that means that Baby Number 1 is wanting someone to play cars or Play Doh with him, or to build up the Thomas the Tank Engine tracks again, after he smashed them the first time.

And mums still have to be mums, even if you’re a princess.

So while royal enthusiasts covered in Union Jacks camped patiently outside the hospital and international media started to ‘bags’ their spot for their foot stools and long lens cameras, Kate did what most overdue Mums-to-be with antsy toddlers would do, and headed off to Granny’s castle for a swim. And hopefully offloaded keeping-George-happy-in-the-pool duties to one of her five bodyguards or nanny, who tagged along for the ride.

International media are all over this “Newsflash – – should she be driving?” (Sigh) “Is this a publicity stunt?” (Really?)

Fact is, the Duchess of Cambridge (and no doubt the rest of her staff) just needed to get out of the house for a bit, and tire George out so he’d have a long nap and she could put her feet up with a cup of tea.

My second son was overdue by 10 days but as his big brother had come 3 weeks early, I’d been on ‘stand by’ for weeks. Trying to kill some time, I took my 3 year old and his little bike to a busy beach walkway for some fresh air. But when home time rolled around, there was no way my guy was getting off his bike and coming to the car with me. So after much cajoling and desperate unsuccessful bargaining, I did what any 42.5 week pregnant mum would do and carried my screaming son and his bike which he was clinging to, past all the onlookers (because it was quite a scene) back to the car, vowing to not leave the house for the remainder of my pregnancy.

Unsurprisingly the baby arrived not long afterwards.

So what do you think Kate is doing while she waits to hurry this baby up? Do you think her and Prince William are experimenting with some old wives tales to get things moving?

Maybe a hot curry is on the menu in the Palace tonight with a stiff gin as a pre-dinner drink and a raspberry leaf tea chaser. Perhaps Kate and William are heading to bed early tonight for some ‘special royal cuddles”?

The baby will come when the baby is ready. Not that that’s any consolation for this impatient Mum waiting. Maybe tomorrow instead of the pool, she could take George to Hyde Park with his bike, and then try and get him home before he’s ready to go…it works a treat!

Was your baby overdue and what did you do while you waited? Did you try anything to get things moving quicker? Are any of our Mouths of Mums readers waiting for a baby to arrive right now?
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  • My baby surprised us all and arrived exactly one week early

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  • I couldn’t imagine having the whole world knowing and waiting for you to give birth. Talk about pressure!

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  • Many of us can definitely relate to this!!!!

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  • Lol, sex sex sex thatbis what the obs said

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  • Glad I’ve never gone over, only had the waiting for bub to come so you can meet them.
    The worst is “have you had the baby yet?” NO!

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  • It is funny reading this now as she might be missing being pregnant

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  • My second child also a boy was overdue and yes it gets a little frustrating, the waiting, not sleeping, feeling and looking like a beached whale but I found that going for a little walk couple of times a day helped me to clear my head and not think about it even for a little while. I also found aromatherapy very helpful in keeping me going through the day and calming me at night. Good luck to all the mum’s out there who are expecting their bundle of joy.

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  • I think every overdue woman gets over being pregnant. A beautiful bub is worth the wait though.

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  • quality great exellent

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  • So pleased at the safe arrival of the princess!

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  • I was 41 weeks with all three of my children, nothing worked they just come when they want to!

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  • I Hvae never gone over my first was sadily born at 24 weeks and was ill and didnt survive long, my second at 34 weeks, my third at 37 weeks and my fourth at 38 weeks. So i have never had the discomfort of going over.

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  • Drive down a bumpy road that always does the trick.

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  • Both my babies were late, DD1 by 4 days and DD2 by 8 days. I tried everything with DD2 but she wouldn’t budge! I was actually booked in for induction and she decided to come 2 days before. It did feel like I was pregnant forever. Counting down to the due date then wondering every day afterwards if today would be the day. Was really hard and made harder by having to entertain an energetic 2 year old.

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  • Lke it

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