With the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – Duke and Duchess of Sussex – are expecting their first baby in spring 2018, here’s Rachel Tompkins, (mother of a spring baby herself), about what to expect when you give birth at that time of year…

Maternity leave basking in the sun

Possibly not the biggest concern for Megan (do the royal family even have maternity leave?) but for us mere mortals the thought of a long-hot summer of not having to go to work is pure bliss. Think picnics in the park with your mum mates, long warm evenings sitting outside in a pub garden as your baby naps in the buggy and a good all-over tan from pushing the buggy around in your shorts and vest top!  What’s not to love?!

Garden parties

Ok, so it won’t be a royal garden party for the majority of us, but in fact our children’s birthday parties for years to come that will be celebrated outside.  Because unlike poor winter babies who are afflicted with a lifetime of dark, cold, wet birthdays stuck inside sweaty halls, parents of spring babies can look forward to celebrations outside, meaning less expense, less mess, and a spread reminiscent of The Darling Buds of May* (*Google it if you’re too young to remember).

Save money on baby clothes

Babies born in spring spend most of the summer in minimal clothing, especially if summer is as hot as the heatwave we had this year. With parents stampeding to stock up on fans and muslin gro-bags, the last thing you’ll need to worry about it buying mountains of clothes for your precious cherub. Which means more cash knocking around to treat yourself to a new smock top to cover that mum tum (again probably something Megan won’t have to worry about!)

Less time to get back in your bikini

Many pregnant women, or new mums, or old mums, or pretty much any mums, will be horrified at the thought of ever donning a bikini again. For those who couldn’t care less about not being able to squeeze your saggy bits back into one because you’ve grown a baby in your body, and that means a whole lot more than looking like a supermodel – good for you. But if you are hellbent on getting back into that tiny two-piece in time for your summer hols – the clock is ticking.  And if you give birth in spring like Meghan you really won’t have long to let your diastasis recti knit back together, your boobs deflate enough to wrestle back into a bandeau, and your undercarriage be ready to face the wrath of the beautician’s hot wax!

Paddling pools and push-alongs

Having a baby in the spring means that when their birthday comes around the shops will be stocked up for summer. Cue an almost guaranteed plethora of garden toys as gifts each year, from paddling pools and push-alongs, to novelty sprinklers and slides. As someone with a winter birthday, who’s presents seem a distant memory by the summer time, this really is the stuff of dreams!

It’s in the stars

Spring babies fall under the first three signs of the zodiac – Aries, Taurus and Gemini. Those born under the sign of Aries love to be number one. They are bold, ambitious and make for daredevil, fearless children. Taureans on the other hands are practical and well-grounded, and one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac. As babies they are often content and love the security of routine. Gemini’s are natural communicators, and this can prove exhausting as they begin to talk. They’re full of physical energy and get bored easily.

Future success

A study found that babies born in March and April are more like to go on to be company leaders than those born in summer. It comes down to age and development in school, with spring babies being at the older end of the year. Never mind company leaders, what about country leaders?! As the eighth Royal grandchild Meghan’s baby won’t automatically be a prince or princess, but if this study is anything to go by, fellow spring baby Queen Elizabeth may have met her match!

@Rachtompkins @mushmums