Although Kate Middleton previously revealed Prince William wasn’t interested in having a fourth baby, the Duchess Of Cambridge’s recent outing sparked rumors that she may be pregnant again.

On Tuesday, the 38-year-old visited the Evelina London Children’s Hospital where she toured the facility and met with some of the patients. While she was praised for her charitable work, others couldn’t help but notice a change in her usual wardrobe choices.

Kate stepped out wearing a tweed skirt suit by Dolce and Gabbana that she paired with black tights, Gianvito pumps, and a pair of diamond Mappin & Webb Empress earrings. However, Prince William’s wife was not wearing her sapphire engagement ring.

Instead of rocking the 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire, Kate wore a gold wedding band. The decision caught the eye of royal fans who suspected the 38-year-old may be pregnant with her fourth child.

The Express UK reported that fans claimed Kate was suffering from swollen fingers, which is considered a normal part of pregnancy. The NHS has stated that swelling during pregnancy is common since your body retains “more water than usual.”

Kate previously joked that Prince William wouldn’t be able to handle having more than three children and was happy being a father to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Despite the pregnancy rumors, People claimed Kate chose to wear her gold wedding band during the hospital because of health and safety concerns. Those visiting the children’s ward needed to remove their jewelry to prevent any potential hygiene hazards from affecting the patients.

It isn’t the first time Kate has ditched her engagement ring for a hospital visit. In January 2018, the Duchess of Cambridge left the accessory behind when she toured the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Mittal Children’s Medical Centre.

While fans may be eager for another royal baby, they may be disappointed to learn that the latest royal baby frenzy was a false alarm.

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Kate Middleton visits The Foundling Museum on March 19, 2019 in London. Getty Images/Eddie Mulholland