Becoming a mother can be an incredibly daunting experience and, despite what some may think, no amount of money, fame, or titles can change that.
Although it may be hard to relate to Kate Middleton considering that she's the Duchess of Cambridge, this mum-of-two opened up about what most mums — even royal ones — have in common. "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," Kate said while introducing the Out of the Blue documentary film series. "Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother."
Many parents understand the roller coaster of emotion that comes along with parenthood, and Kate got real about her own experience in adjusting to her most important role: being a mum to George and Charlotte. "It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together," she said. "Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost."
Although Kate understands that she has more resources than most, she realises that every mum struggles, no matter her circumstances, and that it's up to fellow mamas to build each other up instead of tearing everyone else down. "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," she said. "Sadly, for some mothers, this experience can be made so much harder due to challenges with their own mental health."
Whether a woman is struggling with postpartum depression or adjusting to life with a child, the duchess urges others to be honest and seek help instead of hiding. "[It] should not be seen as a sign of weakness. Mothers take on an overwhelming responsibility of caring for their families," she said. "Their role is vital in providing unconditional love, care and support at home, particularly in the early years of a child's development. We therefore should do everything we can to support and value their hard work."