Is this the reason the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might delay having a baby?

Are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex delaying having a baby for this reason? [Photo: Getty]

Ever since their wedding back in May, royal fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child.

But it seems we could have to wait a little longer for the arrival of a mini Meghan and Harry.

While the couple have made no secret of their desire to start a family, their future travel plans could have put a hold on any imminent royal buns in the oven.

As announced back in June, the newlyweds are due to embark on a lengthy royal tour to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand. 

Could the forthcoming royal tour have disrupted the couple’s baby plans? [Photo: Getty]

And while it would be safe to travel while pregnant, The Express has reported that the Duchess will very likely want to “avoid all the side effects that come with travelling while pregnant” on the upcoming royal tour.

Instead, the couple may perhaps want to follow in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who also went on tour shortly after their wedding and did not announce they were expecting Prince George until December 2012 – around 19 months after their wedding in April 2011.

For their first official overseas tour as a married couple, the Duke and Duchess visited Canada and the United States just two months after their nuptials.

But should couples planning to start a family be put off travelling?

Travelling while pregnant

According to the NHS website; “with the proper precautions, and armed with information on when to travel, vaccinations and travel insurance, most women can travel safely well into their pregnancy.”

But during the first few weeks of pregnancy many women experience side effects such as nausea and extreme tiredness, which may make travelling long-haul uncomfortable.

Other risks associated with travelling during pregnancy, as pointed out by the NHS include, long-distance travel (longer than 4 hours) carries a small risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis (DVT)).

The website states: “Long-distance travel (longer than 4 hours) carries a small risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis (DVT)).

“If you fly, drink plenty of water and move about regularly – every 30 minutes or so. You can buy a pair of graduated compression or support stockings from the pharmacy, which will help reduce leg swelling.”

For those pregnant ladies who do choose to travel the NHS advise finding out what healthcare facilities are at your destination in case you need medical attention and taking your maternity medical records with you when you travel.

The also suggest making sure your travel insurance covers you for pregnancy-related medical care and the cost of changing the date of your return trip if you go into labour.