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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Most women don't find themselves on camera after less than 24 hours, but we are all given exercises after birthing a baby. Amazingly, we can achieve a flat tummy in a few weeks with exercise. It's disgusting to see such comments after just delivering an 8# plus baby. A tummy gets like that over a 9 month period, so give it time to return to normall

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Insulting, disgusting and very disrespectful of women, Kate and Prince William! Thank you for keeping it real Duchess Kate. You look beautiful and your family is darling. Congrats on your new born baby boy! :) xxx

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I think she looks beautiful and happy. shame on anyone to talk about her body/ clothes they are just miserable in their own lives

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@ Little+Monster

I agree with you... They are not happy in their own lives, so they have to make someone else feel bad!

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I'm glad she has the balls to come out looking like she did! The world is way to obsessed with girls looking like death walking that its ridiculous!! She looks fabulous! F you haters and anyone that makes someone unhappy about the skin their in! If you don't have anything better to do with yourself than to talk about other people like that go jump off a cliff!

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My god...is this what the world has resorted too!The woman just gave birth and was kind enough to even come outside and show us baby George.Now people wanna talk about her and say negative things about her dress or her stomach,Fowl.They should be happy to see her and that she even had the strength to come outside.

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To answer your question, THG: yes - this kind of coverage is disrespectful to women. Now shut up already.

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obviously who ever made these comments has no kids or has been through child birth, your stomach stretches while pregnant it doesnt just pop back in to place once you have popped the baby out. your uterus is still getting back into place and a litle baby pooch will be there for a minute. your suppose to not do crap at all for 2 weeks and then you can do little activity for the next 4 weeks than they clear you for exersize at your 6 week check up. if she breast feeds she loose weight fast i was back to pre pregnant body in no time.

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@ babie

Unfortunately there are people out there that feed on negativity and can not be happy for others and very likely are not happy themselves. I think Kate looks beautiful and happy and will be a fantastic mother. Please just leave her alone.

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Its been a week I gave birth and I still have my baby bump

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People are moron to say that Kate look horrible . She's beautiful no matter what. To patty who said her tummy went flat after 36hrs yeah right! Kate is still human even married to prince . She was keeping it real . The woman is stunning, she's seem happy in her own skin and with her baby so leave her alone bitches!!!

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@ Lydia+

She look great. Not trashy like KK. Leave Kate alone.
Lydia+ is absolutely right. If she was fat you people would say something she look awesome。

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@ CUPCAKE

Kim K has got shit to do with any of this. Even though she looked just as beautiful. Say what your narrow minded ass will. But so long as the women in question are healthy and so are thier offspring, that's all that matters plain and simple.

Kelly-roland

apparently those who are wondering why she looks pregnant obviously have never seen someone who has recently had a baby. everyone has a belly like that for at least a week after having the baby.