Being a mom can be both wonderful and overwhelming — even when you're a princess.
On Thursday, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, opened up about her experience as a mother and the challenges and triumphs that come with having kids.
"It's right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains," she said at a maternal mental health event in London.
Watch the full speech below:
The 35-year-old mother of two reminded mums there is no rulebook for parenting and that "you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family," which can "lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance."
Middleton, who co-founded the Heads Together campaign for mental health awareness alongside her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry, went on to share how motherhood can be an overwhelming experience filled with joy, exhaustion, love, and worry.
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"You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost," she said.
Middleton is one of many famous women to speak out about the struggles of motherhood. Most recently, model mom Chrissy Teigen told Glamour magazine about her postpartum depression diagnosis following the birth of daughter Luna.
"Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row," Teigen said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 9 women who give birth per year will experience postpartum depression symptoms. Symptoms include: feeling sad or overwhelmed, irritable or restless, feelings of anxiety, anger or rage, and in some cases physical pain.
"It's OK not to find it easy," Middleton says of being a new mom. "Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness."
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