Kate Middleton Post-Baby Body Media Coverage: Disrespectful to Women?

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Is the media coverage of Kate Middleton's post-pregnancy body, which became THE topic right after she gave birth to the Royal Baby, disrespectful to women?

Kate Middleton Post-Baby Body

Since the moment she and Prince William presented Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge to the world, her figure became a talking point.

Reactions to her appearance ranged from positive to negative to just plain curious.

“Why Does Kate Middleton Still Have Her Baby Bump?” screamed one headline.

“Kate Middleton's royal baby post-bump is a boost of confidence for mums everywhere,” another said. "How can she look so pretty just after giving birth?"

One fashion blogger wrote “in all honesty, the dress was not pleasing to the eye, neither was the stomach. I hope she gets her post-maternity bod soon.”

Scores of Middleton-related search terms clogged the web, such as “diet,” “post baby bump,” “belly,” “stomach,” and “why does Kate Middleton still look pregnant.”

Kate remains wildly popular, but could the whole thing signal that society’s obsession with her looks puts unrealistic stress on mothers and women?

“The media’s neuroticism over Kate’s post-pregnant looks is brainwashing women," human behavior expert Patrick Wanis told Fox News.

How? He says that the intense coverage implies all women will be "judged and criticized unless they meet the new standard - unattainable perfection."

“The obsession with the perfect female body is spiraling out of control.”

The same DAY she gave birth, a weight loss tabloid cover from OK! sparked outcry thanks to its “Kate’s Post-Baby Weight Loss Regime" headline.

As for the medical reason her “bump” is still showing, experts say it takes around 10 days for a woman's womb to contract back to its normal size.

Many praised Kate for her "bravery" in challenging one of the taboos of pregnancy - the post-partum belly - and for not recoiling from the spotlight.

Basically, she's not image-obsessed and doesn't care what people say, and certainly isn't holding out for a huge tabloid photo spread a la Kim Kardashian.

Just the same, when it comes to the media, critics say it's all too much.

“The focus should be on how she feels as a mother and the love and nurturing she will express as well as the bond between her and her newborn," Wanis said.

"Rather than whether or not she still looks hot. And hot for whom?”

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Kate looks lovely. To all of the complainers.....she literally had the baby the DAY BEFORE she approached the media with her son! It would not be natural or healthy for her body if she shrank down to her pre-baby size in a mere 24 hours or so! I think she did very well dealing with the media during such a stressful time. She was probably sore from the entire ordeal, then she had to walk out and face a slew of cameras before she was allowed to leave the hospital. Plus, I'm sure safety was on everyone's mind, so that was another concern looming, so just be a little empathetic, and stop criticizing Kate. If you want to see an example of Kate's future physique, just look at her mother, Carole. She had 3 kids and looks great, so just give Kate some time!

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I think she looks absolutely gorgeous and feminine…as usual! And as anyone who has ever had a baby will know, the uterus takes a few weeks to shrink back to its normal size! I cannot believe actually how ignorant some of the comments are! You think after 9 months of stretching something just shrinks back to post-swell size in a few hours?!?! I think Diana would have been so proud! Kate is elegant, feminine, classy and down to earth at the same time! She looked absolutely stunning in my opinion!!

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There is nothing wrong with her dress, she's just given birth to a gorgeus little baby and all certain people is being self cantered and judging her on the way she is dressed.

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u guys....... u dont get it the issue here is not the belly, it is the AWFUL and CRAPPY way they looked the point is they are ROYAlS they have enough resouces to make them look presentable WAITY looked like a six months pregnant farm girl ......she had a whole month to look for the right attire.... I guess lazy sounds familiar!!

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@ sue

Are you stupid? Mentally challenged? Dumber than a sack of hammers? Maybe all of the afore stated questions? Get some help so you actually understand the biology of pregnancy and delivery. Women are not supposed to look like stick ants after giving birth and trying to cover up the human form to look "presentable" is shallow at best.

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@ SunnyL

@SunnyL
There has to be at least one on every board, and this one seems to have one that just cannot understand common decency. I loved your comment. You may be the only one to put it that way, but after her gazillion posts about the "ROYALS", I am guessing many of us feel the same way. Good work.

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My God, this woman just delivered a baby. How can you judge her? Duchess or not, most bodies heal the same way. Her baby was 8 lbs 6 oz. I gave birth 4 months ago and it took me 2 1/2 month to get rid of the belly and I still have a little left. Exercise is not recommended for the first few weeks and the uterus needs time to retract. She seems to be such a lovely person and she deserves a freaking medal for coming out there right after birth and finding the strength to smile and get her hair done for all the vultures outside. I am nobody and I would hate so many people around my newborn, flash lights, and noise...The sad part is that everybody will admire Kim Kardashian once she is done with all the plastic surgeries and she'll become a role model for new moms for "losing weight so quickly". It's sickening the wicked and pathetic world we live in. Congratulations, Kate! You are beautiful and most importantly: you are genuine!!!

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hi all WAITY is a major dissappointment, cant speak, cant dress, cant do nothing , why wear a hospital gown!!!!!! Willy is a plumber now , .....with all that money is that the best they can do, second freaky show after the wedding!!!!!

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Waity, is that you sue? Whatever. I came back to see if the ignorrance was still running wild, and it is. It does seem a quite a lot of people disagree with what atire is acceptable for this young couple. They are young and happy,and I see no reason for tryiing to disparage them or the way they look. Princess Diana would be saying the same thing, if she was here, because that is her Grandchild, Son, and Daughter-in -law. I am sure she would take offence to the mean remarks. She heard enough, when she was alive. She took enough from a lot of ignorant people, and I am sure she would proudly stand beside this little family, if she could.

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Terrible photos. Why is trashy and common so popular now ? kate looked like crap and william couldn't put on a jacket ? compare them both to photos of diana and prince charles when william was held like that as a baby, outside the same hospital. kate has a stylist ? Too bad she obviously didn't show up ! william is lazy ---- they are so-called royals, why not try to look it ? kate's dress was bad enough i thought it was a hospital gown at first !

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Oh, well, you can't please everybody, but I'm stunned that some comments are downright nasty. I think calling her Waity is hateful. Plus, it doesn't rhyme with Future Queen or King of England's mother.

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I did not pay much attention to her dress or post-baby body. I couldn't get beyond the pride and happiness in both of their faces. Hopefully she doesn't give two thoughts to what anyone thinks about how she looked or what she wore. Why should she; she looked beautiful.

Kate Middleton Biography

Royally Pretty Girl A celebrity gossip mainstay since at least 2006, Kate Middleton is Prince William's lady friend. These two dated off and on for many... More »
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Reading, England
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Kate Middleton
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