Kate Middleton opens up about the 'constant challenge' of motherhood

Middleton admitted to getting "very bad" morning sickness and feeling lonely post-partum.
Middleton admitted to getting "very bad" morning sickness and feeling lonely post-partum. Photo credit: Getty.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has opened up about her experience as a mother.

In a candid interview with Giovanna Fletcher in her Happy Baby podcast, she told Fletcher that being a mother is a constant challenge.

She admitted to feeling guilty about leaving her children for work.

"You know even this morning, coming to the nursery visit here – George and Charlotte were like 'Mummy how could you possibly not be dropping us off at school this morning'?" Middleton told Happy Baby.

She said anyone that doesn't feel guilty about leaving their child for work is "actually lying". 

 "You hear it time and time again from mums, even mums who aren’t necessarily working and aren’t pulled in the directions of having to juggle work life and family life."

But despite being a member of the Royal Family, the Duchess described her experience as a mother as a huge responsibility.

"What I’ve learned over the last few years is so fascinating and I definitely would have done things differently, even during my pregnancy than I would have done now," she told Fletcher.

Middleton also opened up about turning to hypnobirthing - a mindful practise which teaches self-hypnosis techniques to help stress and relieve pain during childbirth.

 "I saw the power of it really - the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that - that they teach you in hypnobirthing when I was really sick and actually, I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour," she said. 

"It was hugely powerful and because it had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour!"

She admitted to getting "very bad" morning sickness and feeling lonely post-partum.

"William didn’t feel he could do much to help and it’s hard for everyone to see you suffering without actually being able to do anything about it," she confessed to Fletcher.

"I’m not the happiest of pregnant people."

She said although lots of people have it far worse, it was still a challenge.

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