Kate Middleton made her podcast debut this weekend on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with host and best-selling author Giovanna Fletcher. The Duchess of Cambridge discussed pregnancy, motherhood, and her “5 Big Questions” survey, and she also revealed that she turned to “hypnobirthing” when she delivered her three children: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.
Middleton suffered from an extreme form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum during all of her pregnancies, and she explained that it led to her realizing the power of the mind over the body.
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🎧 SOUND ON — listen to a clip of The Duchess of Cambridge talking with @MrsGiFletcher about her own childhood experiences and the importance of the early years. Their full conversation will be released as a special episode of Giovanna’s ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast – a series of frank and warm conversations with mums and dads covering all aspects of parenthood, from tackling loneliness, to being a single parent. On this Early Years episode, The Duchess discusses her '5 Big Questions on the Under Fives' – a quick, online survey which aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come. Visit the link in our bio 🗣️ to have your say on the biggest ever national conversation on the early years #5BigQuestions
“I got very bad morning sickness, so I’m not the happiest of pregnant people. “[It was] utterly rotten. I was really sick – I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating – but yet, the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and to grow new life, which I think is fascinating,” said Kate. “It was through hyperemesis that I really realized the power of the mind over the body because I really had to try everything and everything to try and help me through it.”
The Duchess explained how she connected with hypnobirthing, which includes self-hypnosis and techniques to help the body relax before labor and childbirth. According to the Mayo Clinic, hypnobirthing classes teach how to use music, visualization, words, prompts from birthing partners, and positive thinking to help control labor pains and sensations.
Middleton said that there are different levels, and Prince William didn’t stand there and chant sweet nothings to her. She added that it was something she didn’t even ask her husband about because she wanted to do something for herself.
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🎙️ The Duchess of Cambridge has joined @MrsGiFletcher for an episode of the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast to talk about her landmark #5BigQuestions survey. On the special episode of ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’, released on Saturday, 15th February at 1600 GMT The Duchess and Giovanna discuss the importance of the early years, their shared experiences as mothers to three children, and The Duchess’s ‘5 Big Questions on the Under fives’ survey. It’s not too late to have your say in the biggest national conversation on the early years — visit the link in our bio to complete the survey 📋 and help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come.
She saw the power of the meditation and deep breathing in hypnobirthing, and when she was really sick it helped her realize that she could take control during labor. Middleton says that it was “hugely powerful” because things were so bad during her pregnancy, and it helped her enjoy labor.
Middleton explained that she actually liked labor because she knew it was an event with an ending. However, she understands that hypnobirthing doesn’t work for everyone because labor and delivery can be extremely difficult.
Kate Middleton appeared on the Happy Mum, Happy Kids podcast to promote her new 5 Big Questions survey for early childhood development. The episode is now available wherever podcasts are streamed.