Once the Duchess of Sussex gives birth, she’ll be expected to quickly show off the royal baby outside the hospital. But CEO Chelsea Hirschhorn wants Meghan Markle to take a raincheck on that photo shoot.

Fridababy CEO writes open letter to Meghan Markle.
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March 29, 2019

You get a lot of advice before becoming a mom—some of it is helpful, and some of it is unnecessarily annoying (I'm looking at you mother-in-law). So when we saw Chelsea Hirschhorn, CEO of Fridababy, wrote Meghan Markle a letter published as a full-page ad in the New York Times Tuesday, we were interested in seeing what she had to say.

While we may technically not be royal princesses (ahem...speak for yourself), this letter struck a chord with us. We applaud Chelsea’s realness and sense of humor—because let’s face it, after spending hours in labor, moms all need a good laugh.

She starts the letter:

“Dear Royal Mom-To-Be,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

You will soon give birth to one of the most anticipated babies in the world and like your princess predecessors, you’ll be expected to parade outside of the hospital in front of throngs of photographers to show off your new bundle of joy shortly after giving birth. You’ll smile, you’ll wave, you’ll be radiant, but between your legs will be a whole different story.”⠀


It's true: Meghan will have to push that angel out then parade around flawlessly with Baby. We all know this, Chelsea knows this, Meghan knows this, and the unborn royal baby laying in fetal position in Meghan’s belly probably already knows this. But what we don’t talk about, especially in Meghan’s case, is the "mess" happening between her legs. ”Spoiler alert: bringing a new life into the world usually starts with your vagina, and the aftermath is a mess,” Chelsea writes. “The bleeding and swelling will linger, peeing will burn, and sitting like your old self will feel like a herculean feat. And if it’s a C-section, there’s a whole host of other issues to tend to.”

Meghan is expected to stand up tall, smile for pictures, and cradle baby for all of us watching at home when in reality, her lady parts need some serious care. Chelsea refers to this post-birth period as the fourth trimester. Sure Baby has arrived and pregnancy may technically be over, but mom's body just went through a lot and she needs recovery time—not a public outing.

“Skip the pomp and circumstance of the baby parade. Let the headlines instead read: 'Prince Brings Royal Baby Out Because Mom Is in Bed Sitting on a Pack of Ice,'" Chelsea continues. “And if you really can’t skip it, then at the very least flash us a glimpse of the mesh underwear underneath to keep it real. With your help we’ll have made some real progress."

If the headlines read that Meghan was icing her lady parts, while Harry took care of baby—we would need to applaud that! Taking time to care for yourself after giving birth isn't something that should be shamed. Meghan would be setting an example for all of us since that vagina needs recovery time! Sure, most of us don't have photo shoots and public appearances lined up after leaving the delivery room, but still. A mom can take care of herself, while still taking care of Baby.

And while we're on the topic of royal genitals. We're hoping Harry shows the Fridababy brand some love with FridaBalls—the only boxers that protect against any kicks from baby. Harry's got to take care of his precious jewels, too!