When people began wondering whether or not Jessica Simpson was knocked up, they had a legitimate reason: she looked knocked up. And, it turns out, she looked knocked up because she was (and still is) knocked up.

But when it comes to the contents of Kate Middleton’s womb, we’re apparently looking at months, if not years, of false alarms and intrusive speculation based on any so-called evidence we can get our hands on — and it’s already begun.

Does she have a bump, you ask? Have her breasts grown two sizes within the course of a week or two? Was she spotted shopping at a maternity store with her mother and sister?

No. The reason that Us Weekly is openly wondering if there is a bun in the royal oven is the following:

With Prince William at her side, the Duchess of Cambridge, 29, avoided a certain food product as they sampled items from UNICEF aid packages being sent out to East African countries suffering from famine.

While William, 29, plus the Danish Crown Prince and Princess tasted peanut paste, Kate politely refused — and reportedly gave her husband of six months a knowing look.

Doctors have frequently recommended pregnant women avoid peanuts and peanut byproducts while expecting in order to prevent the development of allergies in their babies-to-be.

Peanuts, and “a knowing look.” It’s going to be a long haul for tabloids from now till baby-making.