In a blog post at Healthnews, Tori Kropp wonders whether or not women really get the royal treatment after they have a baby.
I’m pretty sure the answer is no. I’ve never been royalty, but I’ve been a new mom. There are key features of new motherhood that are distinctly unlike what I imagine being royalty entails. Unless part of princess living is dealing with other people’s poop. Maybe the glossy mags just downplay that aspect.
No matter how many casseroles your friends bring over, or how equitably you and your partner share parenting from Day 1, being a new mom is hard work. Just feeding and changing the baby is a full-time job. On top of that your body is recovering from probably the greatest physical effort you’ve ever made, and going through rapid, unprecedented hormonal changes.
Really, there’s no way being a new mom is like being a princess.
Shall we count the ways they’re totally different?
- Princesses don’t clean up poop.
- New mamas are allowed to have imperfect hair and clothes.
- Princesses have a team of people looking after their needs.
- New mamas are expected to do the work of a whole team of people looking after that new baby’s needs.
- Princesses wear designer duds to dinner; new mamas wear dinner on their designer duds.
How else is the royal treatment different from the new mom treatment? Let us know in the comments!
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