I couldn’t help myself. I smiled when I saw the pictures of a beaming Kate and Wills and their baby boy. The little guy is so stinking cute and Kate and Wills looked like any happy new parents. I even wondered if William was as flustered putting in the car seat the first time as we were.
Kate is known as a style icon and part of that has meant keeping a sleek figure. I have already seen the explosion of comments about her post-partum body and how soon she’ll lose the “bump.” It kinda makes me grind my teeth in frustration.
So Kate, please just focus on being healthy! There seems to be a race these days to see how quickly a celebrity can get back into their pre-pregnancy clothes and strut down a red carpet at some media event. I hope Kate tells everyone to take a toss and just gets healthy in her own way at her own pace.
Focus on nutrition. Eating well will help both you and the baby. I hope you choose breast feeding, but if not, being a happy, energetic Mom is going to be the best for little George and will let you truly enjoy this special time.
Consider whole new workouts. Yes, “baby and me” swimming classes are NOT as strenuous as you’re likely used to. And dancing around the living room with your little one in your arms might not be as effective as a jog. But it’s a whole lot more fun and great bonding time for you and your son.
Do Pilates! OK, yes, I’m biased, but I know Kate’s sister Pippa is a Pilates devotee, and secretly I’m hoping there’s a Reformer somewhere in Kensington Palace. But there is honestly nothing better post-partum than Pilates. We teach Moms to suck back in those abs back in a way that is unique to Pilates. Trust me … it works amazingly well, and we even throw in Kegels (the stop-your-pee squeeze), which will naturally help with recovery from birth.
Just be You. I remember Heidi Klum, a mom of four, say that she always snapped right back to her pre-pregnancy weight because she took care of herself. She worked out and ate well throughout her pregnancies and that’s why she recovered quickly. Plus she has DNA to die for.
I’m sure you’ve exercised during pregnancy, as well as your own killer DNA … Honestly, Kate, I do expect you to look great right away. But please be sensitive to all those Moms who don’t have chefs, personal trainers, and nannies. Who are just happy they don’t have breast milk stuck in their hair. We’d all appreciate it.
Enjoy your little guy and welcome to the very big club of Moms. You’ll find yourself in whole new conversations and you’ll like them. Talking about naps and weening and potty training … there is a camaraderie that comes with the Mom club and we’re always happy to have a new member.