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Kate Middleton's Baby Bump: See the First Photos

Today marks her first public appearance post-pregnancy announcement.
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For the past few weeks, Duchess Kate has been on bed rest due to a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. But thankfully, she's finally well enough to make her first public appearance post-pregnancy announcement.

Today, Kate attended a reception in honor of World Mental Health Day with William and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.

Through their Heads Together campaign, the trio of royals has taken up the cause of mental health awareness, and today's event celebrates "the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK."

For the occasion, the expectant mother wore a blue lace dress, which is believed to be from Temperley to show off her growing bump.



Duchess Kate had to cancel previous public appearances such as Prince George's first day of school due to her condition, but back in September, she appeared in a video for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, a mental health organization of which she is a patron.

In the clip below, she shares the importance of talking about mental health issues. "Mental health is how we feel and think. Things that can't really be seen but that affect us every day, and talking about them can feel difficult," she says, introducing a short animated film on the topic for children.

"It helps us all to talk about our mental health: what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own and how to listen and help if one of our friends is finding things difficult. Sometimes it's just a simple conversation that can make things better."

At this point, it's unclear how far along in her pregnancy Kate is. Traditionally, new moms share the news publicly around the twelfth week, which would put the baby's due date around April of 2018; however, In late September, Prince William quipped: "All the best with the midwifery. Might see you sooner than you think," to a student midwife, leaving some to believe Duchess Kate is further along than previously thought.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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