The Duchess of Cambridge revealed some of her thoughts on being a mother during a recent speech for the launch of a series of educational films from the charity Best Beginnings. Watch The Duchess of Cambridge Talk about Motherhood:
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Appropriately, it was Mother’s Day in the UK, a good day on which to discuss mental health issues which affect 1 in 5 women during pregnancy and in the year after birth.
Mother of two, Kate said, “It is right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains, it’s okay not to find it easy. Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience, however, at times it has also been a huge challenge, even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.”
She also said that nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother, pointing out that it is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry all mixed together.
Titled “Out of the Blue,” the new film series covers topics like mental health during pregnancy, bonding with your baby and postpartum well-being.
She continued, “And yet, there is no rule book, no right or wrong — you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can, at times lead to lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance. Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with their own mental health.”
The duchess gave some statistics about the number of women who face mental health challenges during pregnancy and after giving birth. Although quite common, many mothers struggle to speak out about their issues due to feelings of fear and shame.
She mentioned the pressure to be a perfect parent, and this coming from someone subject to so much media scrutiny around the world.
“It is right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. It’s OK not to find it easy, and asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness.”
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