And it also helped that the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, employed a technique called “hypnobirthing,” a form of meditation used to see birth as positive through visualisations as well as to help get through the pain.
The unique approach helped her get through her three difficult pregnancies. Kate suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, an intense type of morning sickness that the Duchess said made her feel “utterly rotten,” she told Giovanna Fletcher, host of the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast.
“(Hypnobirth) was hugely powerful and because (morning sickness) had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour because it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to,” she said in a rare interview.
“I saw the power of … meditation and deep breathing when I was really sick. I realised that this was something I could take control of.”
Kate and Prince William are parents to Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.
The future king of England was not “chanting sweet nothings” to Kate while she delivered, she said. “I didn’t even ask him about (hypnobirthing). It was just something that I wanted to do for myself,” she said.
Kate remembered when Prince William held George for the first time. “Seeing the pure joy of his face, it was really special,” she said.
Still, parenting has been challenging for the royal couple.
“With your firstborn baby, you think everything is going to go back to how it was,” she said. “I totally underestimated the impact and the change it had on our lives from that moment.”
Both William and Kate struggled to adapt. “It wasn’t that quiet in our household. William was like, ‘Oh my gosh, is this what parenting is going to be like?’ It took us a bit of time to get ourselves settled and going again,” Kate revealed.
Even now, she struggles to manage parenting her three kids and her royal duties. Kate says George and Charlotte often wonder why she can’t pick them up from school, though she and William try to do a run at least once a day. She said she felt “guilty” splitting herself like this.
Their family employs a nanny and a housekeeper to help manage the children.
At the end of the day, Kate and William try to prioritise making memories with the kids over checking items off of their to-do list. “That’s what I would want them to remember, those moments with me as a mother but also the family going to the beach, getting soaking wet, filling our boots full of water; those are what I would want them to remember. Not a stressful household where you’re trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing,” Kate said.
This article originally appeared on the NY Post and was reproduced with permission