July 5, 2011 at 9:41 AM ET
Lots of newly married women can relate to the life of Kate (aka Duchess Catherine of Cambridge): The jet-setting, the castles, the fabulous clothes and hair, the crowds of adoring fans... OK, maybe not. But the constant speculation about when she'll have a baby? THAT seems awfully familiar.
"Yes, I hope to." Those four words, reportedly spoken by Kate to some random Canadian dude who wished her luck starting a family, have re-ignited the baby fever among royal watchers. She was probably just being polite, poor girl! And now everyone's all up in her business. Well, given her royal status, they've never really been down out of her business. Goes with the castles and other perquisites.
But what about the rest of us? If you've got a mother or mother-in-law who is jonesing for a grandchild, you know their pointed questions and unsubtle "hints" can make the British tabloids look like models of restraint by comparison. If you take your time producing an heir -- either by choice, or because of fertility issues -- the constant womb-watching gets tiresome.
At those times when you don't want to discuss your reproductive status, what's your best answer to the question, "So, when are you going to have a baby?" (Who knows, maybe you can give Kate some good snappy comebacks!)