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Why Kate Middleton’s Post-Birth Appearance Makes My Heart Hurt a Little

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Once again, Duchess Kate delivered a royal baby. And once again, she emerged merely hours later looking as impeccable as she does on every other day of her life in the spotlight.

To recap, the Duchess wore a Jenny Packham yellow and white printed frock and heels when she emerged from Kensington Hospital alongside her husband, William, holding their new baby girl (who, by the way, seemed to be on the road to share a name with me—Alice!—but is now officially Charlotte). Her hair, as always, looked shiny and perfect, and her makeup, as the kids say, was on fleek. It was 10 hours since she birthed a baby (reportedly without an epidural) who weighed more than eight pounds.

Obviously, royal fans and pretty much everyone else on social media lit up with feedback on the royal reveal. My Facebook feed was a scrawl of women asking, “How is this possible?” I jokingly commented on one thread, “You guys are all slobs. I looked like that—better actually.”

There was no way my sarcasm could have gone undetected. Looking as lovely as Kate hours after giving birth is theoretically possible in the realm of physics, but is, ahem, rather unlikely—like the model with pregnancy six-pack abs. But you should sooner expect to pay for your kids’ college with some future PowerBall winnings than you should expect it will happen to you. (And it will definitely require a pre-arranged staff.)

I’m not going to lie: It was important to me, too, to look somewhat put together following the birth of my twins in July. For one thing, I knew there would be pictures. So I proceeded with my hair and makeup routine at 4 am on the morning preceeding my scheduled c-section. But beyond that, I also anticipated that looking somewhat more civilized would help me feel somewhat more civilized and human in the hospital—and I was completely right about that. (So I didn’t regret bringing a hairdryer in my hospital bag, by the way.)

So that’s nice and all. But there are realities to giving birth that are far from glam, no matter how you prepare. For one thing, you are bleeding and as a result wearing undergarments that, shall we say, are not exactly magazine-cover ready. Then there’s the minor fact that you may not even be able to stand up, either following surgery (in my case), or as a result of delivery complications (also in my case), or for sheer exhaustion. You’re likely trying to breastfeed, you’re sore, and—in partiular for first-time moms—you may be utterly bewildered and even very weepy.

So imagine all of that in the context of having to sit—picture it, in a hospital room!—while your hair and makeup team gets you set to greet an insane throng of fans and global media. You might like to be bonding with your baby, but you’re doing that.

On the one hand, how awesome, right? A team to help you feel your best when you might feel like you’ve just been through a war. On the other hand, when I consider the pressure Kate must have endured—my heart hurts.

My husband sent out an email birth announcement to our loved ones from our hospital room. In it, I looked tired and weary, but basically normal. I’m not embarrassed of how I look in that picture (thanks in part to my prep work!), and I’ll be happy to cherish it.

In another photo I love, it’s my new family of four, just home from the hospital, posing in front of our house. I’m hiding my post-delivery bump and leaky boobs behind our front gate. I’m so glad I was able to hide in peace! Every woman who sees that picture—well, any woman who’s ever delivered a baby—will know well why I’m posing that way, of course.

But there are a lot of pictures I didn’t—and won’t—show anyone. For instance, the one in which I’ve squeezed my body—which still looks massively pregnant—between two car seats in the back of my car on the way home. My boobs are the size of Manhattan Island and the seatbelt is ruthlessly cutting off my post-baby bump in the middle—after major abdominal surgery. When I see that picture, I recall all the confusion and anxiety and also the physical pain. And when I see it, well I’m glad there were no paparazzi there that day. (Actually, given my fancy delivery hospital, they probably were there—but not for me!)

My postpartum phase has actually got me thinking a lot about celebrities, like Kate (and Kim, and all the rest of the high-profile moms). I have needed much of this time to adjust. Emotionally, of course, but physically, too. I’ve needed to recalibrate my weight, the changes in my pregnancy and post-pregnancy hair, my diastasis recti—all of it. I’m so glad I only had the ordinary pressures to deal with—the ones I put on myself, mostly, as well as run-of-the-mill social and professional ones—but not the pressures related to massive global media attention.

Not ones serious enough to summon a hair and makeup team to my hospital room. And thank heaven for that.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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The Royal Baby Is Due in April! Here’s What Kate Can Expect in Her Second Trimester

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Looks like Kate Middleton is just about out of the woods.

The Duchess of Cambridge — whose second pregnancy was confirmed by the Palace rather early, due to the condition known as hyperemesis gravid arum (or acute morning sickness) — has just emerged from her first trimester. The royal baby is due in April!

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015,” the Palace announced in a statement. “The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”

As she glides into her second trimester, the princess mama-to-be has a lot to look forward to. First, it’s likely her morning sickness will, as the Palace noted, begin to subside.

Second, she’ll likely start to show, and her noticeable bump will allow strangers to offer her subway seats, or to cut in bathroom lines. Oops, sorry! I was thinking of mere mortals in their second trimester.

Beyond that, Kate will be in that sweet spot between first-trimester uncertainty (it’s the most common time for pregnancies to end in miscarriage) and nausea, and third trimester physical discomfort and limited mobility. She’ll likely be comfortable enough to move around and travel (in fact, she’s resuming her engagements, including the Singapore Prime Minister’s state visit tomorrow). So how about a royal babymoon with Will?

Overall, you might call the second trimester the best part of pregnancy — a time many moms-to-be are most able to enjoy carrying their babies. So here’s to you in your second trimester, Kate! We can’t wait to meet baby number two this sping.

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Pregnancy Workouts: Second Trimester Fitness
Pregnancy Workouts: Second Trimester Fitness

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Royal Baby News: Kate Middleton Is Pregnant!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Prince William and Kate MiddletonStop the world: Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting again! The pregnancy—probably the second-most anticipated ever (after her first, of course)—was confirmed this morning by an official palace announcement.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.

As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.

Poor Kate! The Duchess’ awful morning sickness with Prince George was well-documented, and it’s a huge bummer for her that it’s back again. (Pregnancy symptoms can be different with second pregnancies, after all.)

No word on when Prince George will officially become a big brother, but according to, Kate is “believed to be fewer than three months pregnant.”

We hope Kate feels better soon, and are so excited that Prince George is going to be a big brother! Congrats to the Royal family!

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Prince William: Kate Middleton Pregnancy Rumors Are…

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

False—for now! Rumors have been circulating the internet that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting royal twins, making Prince George a big brother (yes, despite Kate’s completely flat stomach). But according to Prince William, George will have to wait for siblings to play hide ‘n’ seek with around Buckingham Palace.

While attending a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Aldershot, England, the Prince confirmed “One [child] is enough at the moment.” But didn’t rule out future kids. “Maybe one day,” he said.  Just not now!

I’m not sure why people get in such a hurry for new moms to turn around and have a second right away.  It’s as if you’re not even allowed to enjoy the time you have with your baby. Literally days after I had my son Logan, people started asking, “So when are you going to make Logan a big brother?” At that point, I was still sleep deprived and placing diapers on backwards. (Oops!) The last thing on my mind was when was I going to have another one!

But to each her own! Kudos to multitasking mommies like Jessica Simpson and Drew Barrymore. Jessica’s daughter, Max, is 14 months older than baby bro Ace, and Drew told me daughter, Olive, will be 19 months old, when her second daughter is born. Some moms would much rather have kids close in age, so they can get the diaper duty over with, and have kids who can grow up to be close friends and schoolmates.

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Could Kate Middleton Give Birth in a Helicopter?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Pregnant Kate Middleton could give birth in a helicopterOf course I’m obsessed with the frenzy around Kate Middleton’s Bump Watch (who isn’t?). So I’m reading anything and everything I can get my hands on about her pregnancy. Us Weekly reports that if the Duchess of Cambridge goes into labor early, while she is still in Anglesey, Wales, that she will be flown—in a helicopter—to London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, which is 70 minutes away. I want to go on record as saying this plan is bananas!

Don’t even get me started on helicopter safety. According to Slate, they are a staggering 85 times more dangerous than cars! That jarring fact aside, I know it’s extremely rare for first-time moms to deliver babies so quickly (the average labor for a first-timer is 14 hours; while women who’ve given birth before tend to have an average labor of 8 hours), but there is an ever-so-slight chance  that the future prince or princess could be born in a cramped helicopter! It’s not that outrageous of a thought, actually. This woman from Michigan didn’t think her husband would be delivering her baby in their car on the side of the freeway, either. But that’s exactly what happened. She wasn’t due for three more weeks, so she thought it was impossible for her to be going into labor. But after about four and a half hours of contractions, they hopped in the car to go to the hospital and—boom—baby on board!

I live in New York City, land of subways, busses and taxis and very high parking rates ($500 a month in our neighborhood!). My husband and I don’t have a car, so we knew that we’d be taking a taxi to the hospital when I was ready to deliver. My husband had nightmares about this (literally). With us living in lower Manhattan and my hospital being all the way on the Upper East Side, he was terrified that I’d go into labor in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic and that he would have to be the one to deliver our son in the back of a dirty taxi with the baby’s first smell being some awful mixture of incense and vomit. Oh, and did I mention that my husband’s so squeamish about blood that he almost passes out when he gets a paper cut? Yep, it’s that bad.

I, on the other hand, was convinced I would have an excruciatingly long labor that would go on for days, so there was no chance I’d be so lucky enough to give birth within a mere few hours. Needless to say, when my water broke at 4 am and we immediately found a taxi and made it to the hospital safely, then had the baby eight hours later (many of those hours I actually slept through!), we were both extremely relieved.

I hope for Kate and William’s sake that their baby’s birth goes as smoothly as ours, and that there are no transportation-related birth surprises in their future. Though, if Kate did deliver the royal heir in a helicopter—or even a car—that would make for an amazing news story, and I would devour every word of it!

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