For all my joking about it on Twitter, I’m actually a bit of an anglophile and I have a particular fondness for all things royal. It’s an affinity that began with Princess Diana back when I was a teenager, and continued through the wedding of Prince William to the former Kate Middleton. My interest in the royals reached new heights over the last nine months, as not only were the Duchess of Cambridge and I both pregnant at the same time, but we both also suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. My own baby boy was born healthy two months ago, and I’d been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new royal bundle of joy. Since Prince George’s arrival, I’ve been reading lots of articles about the history of the monarchy (I love that stuff), with some tabloid fodder mixed in as well. That’s when I came across THIS GEM from OK! Magazine:
Stop looking at David Beckham and FOCUS:
ARE YOU BLOODY JOKING WITH THIS BOLLOCKS? This cover came out one day after the Duchess left the hospital. ONE. BLOODY. DAY.
I thought that Duchess Catherine looked so beautiful and sweet the day she and her family left the hospital. She was glowing and appeared to be on the edge of tears, which is exactly like I was when I left the hospital after each of my births. She also chose to wear a dress that not only showed off her post-baby bump, but emphasized it. I went home in shapeless clothes, because god forbid I looked like I’d just had a baby mere days after, you know, just having a baby. Catherine knew literally billions of people were going to see her that day, and she didn’t squeeze into spanx or a girdle. Instead, she showed off her squishy swollen belly, even placing her hands on it as if to say, “yeah, look at it.”
The last thing this new mother needs to worry about is her weight. ESPECIALLY since she had hyperemesis, which means she is just beginning her road to recovery with food. Right now, Catherine needs to focus on caring for herself and her baby. That’s IT. But bravo for making her (and millions of other postpartum women, by extension) feel like she already needs to worry about her appearance two bloody days after squeezing out an eight-and-a-half pound baby (that’s almost four kilos to you).
So Tabloids, listen. The Duke, Duchess, and their new prince have participated in the dog-and-pony show for the cameras. If you’re going to keep writing about the new mother’s appearance – and let’s face it, you are – do us all a favor and focus on how great it was that the former Ms. Middleton showed off what a real body looks like post-birth. That bit of elastic above the Duchess of Cambridge’s swollen belly has done loads for the self-esteem of fragile postpartum women. Please don’t ruin that.