When’s the next one, then? (Picture: Reuters)Bookies have opened betting on when Meghan and Harry’s next child will be born, just three weeks since the arrival of their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Bookies Coral reckon that 2020 will be the year that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce that they are expecting a second baby, at 5-4.
2021 comes next in the betting at 2-1, while it is 8-1 for a second pregnancy to be announced this year.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: ‘It’s almost certain that Meghan and Harry will add to their blossoming family in the next few years and we think a second pregnancy is most likely to come next year.
‘It’s 8-1 for Meghan to announce she is expecting again by the end of the year and whilst the odds may be long you can’t rule it out.’
While having bookies taking bets on your reproduction is more of a Royal problem than an average one, the pressure to have a second child is extremely common.
You don’t have to be a duchess for people to start asking when the next one is coming before the stitches in your perineum have dissolved – women from all walks of life report being asked almost as soon as the first is born when they’ll be having number two.
The NHS recommends that women wait a minimum of 12 months between pregnancies, and some studies suggest that a gap of 18 to 24 months is ideal. So a 2020 baby wouldn’t allow Meghan enough time to recover.
Given that one in 10 mums experiences post natal depression and around 20,000 women per year are left with PTSD after birth, lots of women understandably don’t feel like having another child.
Even if your birth was easy and you take to motherhood like a duck to water, that doesn’t mean that you’re gagging for another baby.
Experts predict that by 2022 more than half of UK families will stop at one child. In 2015 47% of couples had already stopped at one child.
Blame finances, environmental concerns or just a lack of desire to do the baby thing twice, having one child is an increasingly popular option and makes the assumption that a couple are going to have a second one even more redundant.
As well as those who don’t want a second child, not all couples are able to conceive a second time. Known as secondary infertility, around one in seven couples will struggle to conceive. It can be due to stress, factors surrounding the previous birth or the fact that the mother is older therefore sometimes less fertile.
Whatever the reason, secondary infertility is a real struggle and therefore it is not safe to assume that because someone has had one child they will be able to have another one.
Asking ‘when’s the next one?’ could actually be prodding at an agonising secret struggle.
There’s also every chance that the woman in question is intending to have another baby at some point in the future but doesn’t want prying questions into her reproductive planning.
There are so many questions you can ask a new parent. How are you finding it? What’s your favourite part of being a parent? Are you going to any groups? Is there anything I can help with? Would you like a cup of tea?
When is number two really does not need to be one of them.
But at least most of us won’t have to cope with the indignity of the bookies putting odds on when it will happen.