Royal Baby birth A bundle of post-pregnancy surprises for Kate

So they day has finally come – Kate and Wills (aka The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) have welcomed into the world a bouncing baby boy who is also the third in line to the throne, the Queen’s third great grandchild and the most eagerly awaited royal baby, ever!
The happy couple and their future King have a happy future ahead of them; a bright and busy horizon of nappy changing, nightly feeds, cooing over cute baby gurgling and eagerly awaiting those all-important first words, but there is quite a bit more in store for first time mum, Kate in her postpartum days.
While the Duchess’s delivery was Royally unique – with two gynaecologists whom she shares with her grandmother-in-law – her post-labour experience will be just as hormonal and leaky as every other woman’s.
In fact, there are a whole bunch of things first time mums will experience after having a baby, many of which they are completely unaware of. So Macs thought it best to give you a little insight into what Kate is to expect in the next few weeks post-childbirth. Yes ladies, she is exactly like you and me!
Night Sweats
Poor Kate, giving birth in a heat wave is not going to help with the constant sweating women experience after giving birth – especially at night. This is the body’s rather annoying way of getting rid of the extra water you retain during pregnancy. To make matters worse, while your pores are working overtime your kidneys are also in action trying to get rid of water, so you will be urinating constantly.
This ‘leaking’ will last several weeks after delivery, and it tends to last longer if your breastfeed. It sounds silly, but drinking lots of water is essential for helping to speed up the sweating and it also ensures you don’t get dehydrated. Your health is so important as a first time mum, so you should also keep an eye out on exactly how much you sweat. Excessive amounts could be a sign of other problems, such as an underactive thyroid gland.
Stretch Marks
While it’s impossible to believe Kate’s slim, athletic build has been ravaged with stretch marks, this is an all too common reality for many first-time mums. Stretch marks are narrow pink or purplish streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin as a result of ‘breakage’, and they are most likely to appear on your stomach and sometimes on your breast and upper thighs.
While they can occur at any stage in life due to weight gain or puberty, it is hormonal changes during pregnancy that make you more likely to get stretch marks. This means many of us are left with unattractive scars after pregnancy, which can put a negative spin on the beauty of having a baby.
If you do get them, don’t worry too much, as after your baby is born the marks should gradually fade and become less noticeable, but remember they will never completely disappear. There are however treatments and products you can invest in to prevent to decrease their appearance and rebuild your confidence, and Macs strongly recommends Dermalogica’s Ultraich Body Cream which is safe to use while breastfeeding and even during pregnancy to prevent stretch mark build up.
Not only does this formula reduce the appearance of stretch marks but it also deep hydrates and moisturises exceptionally dry skin. The Ultra Rich Body Cream is filled with Dermalogica’s Environmental Protection Complex, including Glycolipids and Vitamin E that help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. It also includes Evening Primrose Oil, which renovates dry skin, along with Panthenol that helps with cell repair.
Your belly will still be big after the birth
OK OK, so Kate barely had a pregnancy belly, but even she won’t be back in pre-pregnancy shape yet! In the first few weeks after giving birth, your skin and stomach muscles are still stretched out, and your uterus is probably still the size of a cantaloupe. All that will make you look about six months pregnant for a couple of weeks (or even months) post-delivery. So do not take your skinny jeans into the hospital ward with you to change into after you give birth! It’s not going to happen!
You’ll need lots and LOTS of nappies
Think about it, babies sleep, eat and poop. And they eat every couple of hours, which means they’ll also be pooping every couple of hours. Cue several nappy changes everyday – probably a bag’s worth! So make sure you stock up (but preferably not on the Gucci clad versions Kate will most-likely be using).
Your nipples might be sore
Breast feeding mums might suffer from tender nipples, which could become dry and cracked. Make sure you keep them well moisturised and you can even invest in gel pads to pop on your boobs after your baby has finished nursing.
You’ll need extra lube… for months
When a woman is breast-feeding, her hormone levels plunge to those of a woman who’s gone through menopause—usually resulting in serious trouble lubricating. This means potentially painful sex so we strongly recommend stocking up on lube. This dryness will not last for long though, so your sex life will get back on track eventually.
You’ll need your alone time 
If you’re breastfeeding, your baby will be attached to your boob pretty much 24/7, so you won’t get much alone time – quite a big transition for a first time mum. Take some healthy time out from your baby by enlisting your partner or relative to bottle feed prepped breast milk. You will get some much needed rest and will be in better spirits when your baby is crying out for his next feed.
And remember ladies, it’s OK to make mistakes
So you’ve never changed a nappy before and you’re worried about holding the baby wrong, or not lifting his head properly – CHILL! You’ll do absolutely fine as your natural mothering instincts will take over. Plus, despite all the self-help books and baby manuals on the shelves promising the best child raising methods, there is no actual right or wrong way to be a mother.
Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make a few mistakes as first time parents, but it’s all part of the learning process and figuring out how to play mummy and daddy. Having a baby is no easy transition, and just like Kate and Will – no matter how Royal they are – after your bundle of joy comes into the world your lives are never the same again.

Royal Baby birth A bundle of post-pregnancy surprises for Kate