As mother-to-be Meghan is learning, the first trimester – and often beyond – can be unexpectedly exhausting.
Consultant obstetrician Maggie Blott said: ‘During the first half of pregnancy, particularly the first three to four months, many women experience extreme fatigue, which is partly because the body is working very hard.
‘A baby grows faster in the first three months of pregnancy than at any other time so a woman requires a huge amount of energy to support that growth.
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting her first child next Spring, was radiant in a black evening dress with what appeared to be feathered detailing. The mother-to-be attended back-to-back afternoon engagements after taking the morning off to rest
‘You also expect some pregnancy hormones to be higher during that period, which can also contribute to extreme fatigue. It’s nature’s way of making sure a woman slows down to allow the body to concentrate on growing a baby.
‘Extreme tiredness can often cause recurrent symptoms of nausea and vomiting – and the only thing to do in that situation is to rest.
‘Anyone who has worked and been pregnant knows how difficult it can be to get up when the alarm goes off in the morning. And the only way to deal with is to go to bed earlier in the evening.’
As for jet lag, Dr Blott said pregnant women can take longer to adjust. ‘I tell women who are travelling, ‘Be patient, it will take a little time’.’
But should a woman embark on a gruelling work schedule while expecting?
Dr Blott said: ‘Look at doctors who work until they give birth, barristers in court – they all have busy jobs so it’s not crazy at all.’
The prince laughingly pulled on a pair of traditional Aussie ‘budgie smugglers’ over his jeans yesterday.
He was presented with the tight swimwear at a meeting with members of the Australian Invictus Games team in Sydney.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended events in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney on Sunday, with Meghan recycling much of her monochrome ensemble
The jeans: Pregnant Meghan, 37, re-wore the £140 (AUD$199, USD$141) black ‘Harriet’ jeans by Australian brand Outland denim that she sported on a visit to Dubbo, New South Wales, on Wednesday, pictured
Harry waited about 10 minutes for Meghan to arrive in a three-car convoy from Admiralty House, where the couple have been staying
Meghan, who appeared lively and engaged at the lunch reception, watches intently as Mr Dawson performs
Harry was snapped pulling a hilarious face as Meghan smiled next to him beneath and pair of sunglesses
The Duchess of Sussex embraced one of the sailors as she congratulated him following the event on Sunday afternoon
A playful Prince Harry stuck out his tongue and posed for photographs during the sailing final on Sunday
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were on hand to honour those involved with the Invictus Games Foundation, pictured