Kate Middleton has some advice for new moms. The royal family member visited a maternity ward and shared what she learned about motherhood.
Kate attended a maternity ward at the Royal Surrey County Hospital during her first solo engagement since the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She spoke to the Jasmine team, which helps mothers with mental illness before and after their babies are born. Kate also attended the Special Care Baby Unit, which takes care of premature babies.
Kate reminds new moms to take care of themselves. It’s all too easy after the birth of a baby to put everyone else’s needs ahead of your own. She wanted to send a message to remind young mothers to take care of themselves.
“So many women don’t seek help because they don’t realize what they’re going through until much later,” Kate says, according to The Telegraph. “That’s why this full support is so important, not just from a medical team but also from family and friends. Being able to open up the conversation for moms so they can prioritize and take care of themselves.”
The Princess of Wales says it’s important to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. “You often think ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘My kids come first,’ but actually you’re supporting your child when you can be the best person in yourself,” Kate said.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Kate joked that she still considers her youngest child, Prince Louis, to be her baby even though he’s almost 5 years old. “But he’s a big boy now,” Kate said, according to The Telegraph. “It feels like yesterday.”
Though William and Kate have help, they face challenges as parents. During an event marking the launch of Best Beginnings’ Out of the Blue film series, Kate spoke about the importance of mental health.
“For me personally, becoming a mother has been such an enriching and wonderful experience,” says Kate. “But sometimes it was also a big challenge. Even for me who has support at home that most moms don’t have. Nothing can really prepare you for the overwhelming experience of becoming a mother.”
Kate says being a mother is full of “joy, exhaustion, love and sorrow”. She notes how a mother’s identity changes almost overnight, and how the focus shifts from an individual to someone responsible for another person’s well-being. In her speech, Kate also mentions the pressure some parents feel to be “perfect.”
“It’s okay not to find it easy,” says Kate. “And asking for help shouldn’t be taken as a sign of weakness. Our children need us to take care of ourselves and get the support we need.”
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