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HRH Duchess Superwoman

By now we aren't surprised by the remarkable poise and composure demonstrated by the Duchess of Cambridge mere hours after the grueling task of childbirth. Nonetheless, for the third time, I found myself in awe of this woman; appearing in a stylish dress, feet in heels (heels!), perfectly coifed, and with a seemingly genuine smile upon her face, posing for photographers outside the hospital. We know she has access to a glam squad (because obviously), so I wasn't surprised by that. But having been through childbirth three times myself, I just couldn't understand what happened to the edema. Are there special diuretics administered as part of the royal protocol which dictates a mandatory photo shoot before royals are permitted to return home? And while some may be quick to dismiss that this is all part of the job she signed up for, I have sympathy. Sympathy because she is experiencing the mother of all periods, sitting atop a pad the size of a kayak, wrapped in enormous mesh undies, and she has to submit to hair and makeup and trot (v sorely, I'm sure) outside when all she probably really wanted to do was grab a cozy robe and do skin-to-skin with her little fella. All. The. Slow. Claps.
But lest there be any doubt in the minds of those who have not experienced childbirth, let me be clear. This is an impossibly high standard. It is not normal. And for most of us, it is certainly not achievable. So let's just keep it real, ladies. Pack that hospital bag with the comfiest of sweat pants. Toss in several hair ties to wrap that hair out of your face. Makeup totally optional. Do not worry about anyone else's standards or expectations, give yourself plenty of grace, and try to rest postpartum when you aren't juggling the many requirements of that precious, though neediest new member of your family.
Photo: BBC

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