Living in a palace doesn’t make pregnancy any easier!

She’s a princess with a highly trained super nanny, cook, cleaners and lots of other staff to make her happy.

If Kate Middleton wants a snack, there’s someone right there to attend to her every craving.

When she needs her toddlers entertained for half an hour so she can have a nap, the nanny is there to step in and take them to the royal nursery.

She doesn’t have to worry about being behind on the housework because she’s trying to raise two kids while growing a third, because someone is always there to do it for her.

You would think that the Duchess of Cambridge will be breezing through her final trimester of pregnancy without a care in the world.

But the third trimester is trying for more reasons than one.

Yes there are the physical difficulties. Struggling to get around with a huge bump, being unable to get up off of the floor once you’ve sat down on it and failing to find a comfy position to sleep in at night.

You’ve also got those hormones raging away and let’s not forget the fact that you’ve not been allowed to have a glass of wine for nearly nine months.

But there’s another thing about the third trimester, and specifically the third trimester after you’ve already had a child, that would get to even a duchess with an entire castle to wait on her hand and foot.

It’s the constant stream of comments about how easy the birth is going to be.

I don’t know about you, but I had people informing me, with zero doubt about the subject, that I was pretty much going to sneeze my second baby out.

The birth would be over before I even realised it had began. The baby would come flying out of me as I walked to reach the front door to head off to the hospital. The doctor would take a cursory look at me and the bouncing baby then declare there’s “nothing to see here”, before I carried on with my day as if nothing had happened.

If only. The reality of my second labour was 18 hours of contractions followed by 30 minutes of pushing. Hardly a walk in the park.

There is an assumption that any birth after the first one happens without you even really noticing.

There’s also a bit of a been there, done that attitude to follow-on pregnancies. People tend to fuss less about you – there’s existing children to pay attention to after all – and assume you’re hardly noticing this pregnancy at all as your body is so used to incubating babies now.

If a second baby shower was a bit uncertain, then a third one will be out of the question. You’ve already got all the old baby stuff anyway.

The fact is there are no certainties surrounding second, third or even fourth babies. Sure there are some stories about babies popping out in a matter of minutes – yes it does happen for some women.

But these are the exception rather than the rule. Most women have to put in a lot more time and effort into giving birth, even if their vagina has managed the task before.

If anything I found my second pregnancy harder than the first, because I had a toddler to deal with as well as the baby giving my body a tough time.

I felt bigger with my second pregnancy and the entire experience just felt like more of an ordeal than the first, probably because I had been through it once before and it had lost that shiny new feeling.

So goodness knows what people have been telling Kate as she waddles along to royal engagements when she would, I’m sure, much rather be at home in her trackies watching Loose Women.

Will she be told that third babies deliver themselves, and do your stitches for you? That they time their arrival to fit in with your weekend plans?

Whatever poor Kate is hearing, I hope she’s found that magical ability that all mums need to tune all of the nonsense, old wives’ tales, “helpful” advice and negativity out.

All pregnancies are bloody hard work and all labours are a necessary evil that we would quite gladly do without. Royalty or not.