Stepping out of the hospital hours after giving birth to show the world her newborn baby His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, Kate looked like she had been bred for the role for ‘the mother of the people’s prince’. But during her brief address with the press Kate seemed like any other new mom, a little nervous and very tired. In reality, she’s only human and Middleton must have been going through so much more than camera meets the eye.
The mixed emotions she must be feeling about sharing her son with the rest of the world, at such a young age. The physical and emotional healing that her body is going through. On top of all of this she has to stand up in front of the world a few hours after birth, knowing she would be critiqued on every move. Headlines in Global News reported that magazines claimed that the Duchess was “still looking pregnant,” while “belly,” “diet” and “post-baby bump” became key phrases on Google searches related to Middleton.
But it’s more likely that Kate inspired other new moms to embrace their post-pregnancy bodies as Kate’s post-maternity polka-dot Jenny Packham dress sold out within hours of her stepping out of the hospital.
We all know, you would be lucky if you could wheel most new moms out post-delivery in an XL Juicy tracksuit & Depends! And almost all of us would be feverishly trying to hide our swollen stomachs. Most stars hide out until they are in peak physical shape, promoting unreal expectations for new mothers. We will all look five months pregnant after giving birth and thank you Kate for showing we don’t miraculously slim down to size 0 right away.
Within those few minutes of the new royal parents being in the public eye the media was already jumping on them. Reports circulated with concern about how Prince George was strapped into his car seat. Had Prince William had enough practice? Is it illegal to swaddle a baby in a car seat? Did Kate adjust the car seat once inside the car? LA Times featured an article titled 5 safety tips for Will and Kate: How to use George’s car seat
Although these are all valid points, I can’t imagine what this sort of microscope would feel like for a new mother. I remember a few elderly ladies trying to give me advice on the street about how I was handling my baby and that was annoying enough, I can’t imagine how it would feel to have the entire world waiting to jump on practically any parenting mishap.
Unfortunately for Kate this is probably the start of a long road of criticism about her mothering. Already questions are out about whether Prince George will travel with his parents to a family polo match… I think we, as moms need to find it in ourselves to remember she’s just a new mom, with feelings, who needs support and time to learn the ropes. Even if she married blue blood.
Although most of us won’t have the opportunity to give Kate parenting support we can all offer her some by not feeding into the media frenzy and turn away from the tempting sensational reports that will undoubtedly arise about her mothering in the coming months and remember every new moms make mistakes. I wonder if they have a ‘Raising a Prince’ Meetup in London… You should start one Kate!