Duchess Kate has lost all of her baby weight in just 5 weeks: not surprising?

Earlier this week, there were some exclusive photos of Duchess Kate floating around – you can see them here. She was seen out and about in Wales, doing some grocery shopping with only a bodyguard in tow and no Prince George. As you can see in the photos, Kate is back to wearing her beloved skinny jeans and her body looks pretty much the same as it did pre-pregnancy (plus some bigger boobs, because of nursing). We pretty much saw her figure in the informal, backlit portraits taken by Michael Middleton too – Kate’s figure bounced back really quickly. There’s absolutely no surprise there. While pregnant, she pretty much only “looked pregnant” in the traditional baby area. Her arms, legs, face, etc all looked the same. Anyway, it’s somehow big news that Kate’s body bounced back quickly:

Kate Middleton is the ultimate super-mom. On Monday, Aug. 26, just five weeks after giving birth to Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge went for a grocery run with an enviably thin frame. Still, a Middleton family source insists to Us Weekly that the new mom has “hardly done anything to lose the weight . . . she looks incredible. “A few weeks after George was born, you could hardly tell she had just given birth,” the source marveled of Prince William’s wife.

And indeed, 31-year-old Middleton looked radiant as she ran errands on Monday, Aug. 26, in Sebago flats, snug black skinny jeans and a black-and-white striped shirt. The royal even pushed her own shopping cart through the parking lot of her local Waitrose supermarket.

“Kate’s still breastfeeding and the small weight she gained while pregnant has just melted off,” the source continued. “She’s not dieting. After giving birth, she did continue with her yoga.”

During her pregnancy, Middleton frequently took brisk walks with the couple’s dog Lupo and had prenatal yoga sessions with a private instructor.

Middleton and William, 31, have been taking things easy since the fanfare of George’s arrival, spending time together as family in Anglesey while they await the renovation of their home in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.

And, according to 31-year-old William, the couple have been getting to know their little bundle of joy a little better in the meantime.

“He’s a little bit of a rascal, put it that way,” the proud father told CNN in a TV interview last week. “So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I’m not sure. But he’s doing very well at the moment.”

[From Us Weekly]

So, she’s not doing anything. Except yoga. And breastfeeding. And she’s probably still walking and hiking too. And she’s probably on a diet. But other than that, nothing! The weight has just melted off doing nothing! But seriously, I’m not shading her. She has muscle memory and an athletic build and I really think she watched her weight very carefully while she was pregnant too.

And this part isn’t her fault but I’m going to slam Us Weekly for it: “Kate Middleton is the ultimate super-mom!” O RLY? You can only be called a “supermom” when you’ve lost the weight? Guess all of those moms who haven’t lost all their baby weight just suck the big one, huh Us Weekly?

Photos courtesy of Michael Middleton, WENN.

 

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  1. Elisabeth says:

    she’s very slender…it looked like she didn’t gain a lot of weight while pregnant with George, she’s breastfeeding…it’s no surprise. Good for her

    • V4Real says:

      What baby weight; I doubt she gained more than 15 pounds.

      One thing I have learned about brestfeeding is that women don’t always lose weight by doing so. I know a few women who breastfed thinking they would lose the weight but it didn’t work.

      • Isa says:

        V4real you got that right! 10 lbs just hung around until my babies weaned.

      • jacquie109 says:

        Agreed, I was one of those moms. I didn’t lose the weight because I was breast feeding. I didn’t actually lose it until after I stopped nursing.

      • itstrue says:

        Yeah, people don’t realize that the added calorie burn is nice, but you spend a lot of time on your ass nursing, so it doesn’t necessarily help. Feeding for a half hour every three hours is a lot of couch time. Plus if you do “on demand” feeding it’s even more. Never mind that people tend to have a more insatiable appetite when sleep deprived…another subject all together.

      • UsedToBeLulu says:

        15?? To me it looked like she gained at least 25 lbs, if not more.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        @ itstrue – my son wanted to nurse about every two-three hours, but it took him over an hour to eat each time, so I really only had about two hours max in between feedings. I spent a LOT of time sitting, lol! Maybe that’s why it took me twice as long to lose the weight then it did with the first…(He is still a very slow eater to this day, it’s a family joke that I need to serve him an hour before the rest of the family sits down to the table, so that we all finish at the same time, haha!)

      • Cait says:

        Right? Sigh. I’m four weeks postpartum, and trying to lose that final ten lbs.

        With my 2 year-old, I didn’t lose the baby weight until I weaned her. With my one month-old, I’ve resigned myself to being pudgy until I stop breastfeeding him.

        Oh, well. It’s worth it, right?

    • Anonny says:

      I’m hitting the wall 4.5 months out with the final ten that won’t…come…off. I read that evolution likes us to keep some extra weight on while BFing. (The first 20 came off in 2 weeks, the next 5+ took another two months, and now I’m stuck.)

      Does this sound about right?

      P.S. This baby weight story was inevitable, from the day of their first baby pic (in the blue dress). I knew that was the last time we’d see her with any sign of being pregnant.

    • imqrious2 says:

      My SIL, who, like Kate, is 5’10″ and super slim normally, was in her pre-pregnancy jeans within 6 wks. of giving birth to all 3 of her kids. She only breastfed the kids for a couple of weeks.

      My sister, who’s 5’3″, slim (size 4-6 before her first baby) was breastfeeding on demand, and it took her almost a year and a half to lose the baby weight (she had gained 40 lbs with the first, and lost 25 with in the first 3 weeks post-birth. She ate much more carefully and nutritiously with the second (was vegetarian with the first), breastfed on demand again (and boy, was he a s-l-o-w eater lol; it seemed like she never stopped nursing all day! lol), and it *still* took her another year to take off the last 10 lbs.

      Now, the “baby” is 13 and she’s finally back to a size 4 lol

  2. Lilo says:

    Well, my mom used to say that when you have a really fit, slim and toned body before pregnancy, you will get it back in no time without doing much. It has to be since teenage years, though, it has to be your natural body type. If you are the type that gains fast and has to struggle to stay fit and toned, I mean really struggle, you will not bounce back after pregnancy. It’s genetics and how well your metabolism is. I am a struggler and boy, if I ever get pregnant I’ll be going up like those jiffy pop-pan thingies and when I’m fifty I’ll still use the “baby weight” excuse. Darn.

  3. HK9 says:

    No I’m not surprised. Where her appearance is concerned she seems really disciplined and quite frankly, she didn’t gain much weight while pregnant. She also has resources available to her that the average woman doesn’t have so this isn’t surprising.

    • Melissa says:

      That is true, but it’s not always about resources.

      When I see the media makes a big fuse about women being thin during and after birth, I always want to laugh. I see “normal everyday” people with an athletic body eat like a horse while pregnant and bounce back immediately. I know a lot of women with 3-4 kids the same way. It really is a matter of genetics. Otherwise, celebs like Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian would stay skinny during and after pregnancy.

      • LadyMTL says:

        ITA, it’s not always about how much money you can throw around.

        A very good friend of mine has two daughters and she’s the same size now as she was before. She’d always been the type to exercise regularly (even when she was pregnant, she would go until she got too big to move – her words) and she firmly believes that it helped her a lot. She’s not rich by any means, all she did is exercise.

  4. Lisa says:

    If you don’t gain a lot, it is not that hard to lose it pretty quickly (for most healthy active) people. I have one kid, gained 22 lbs and lost it all within 6 weeks. Everyone is different. I don’t see what the big deal is.

    • Anmelt says:

      Wow 22 pounds is pretty good!

      I was 37 pounds heavier just before I gave birth to my first one and lost all of it after five weeks. I was super stressed and shellshocked by the lifestyle change of being mom.

      Second baby 44 plus pounds before birth and it took six months to get back to 112 pounds with lots of walking. I think first baby body can bounce back super fast. I don’t dare to have another one because I bet it would take even longer to bounce back.

    • Amelia says:

      I have a strange question if you don’t mind me asking; when you say you “gained 22/37/44lbs” do you know what it actually consisted of?
      Whenever people say they gained X amount of weight during pregnancy, I never fully understand whether they mean they’ve had a surplus of calories or if they’re talking about the weight that comes from the placenta/water retention, etc.
      I wonder if anyone could shed some light on this! (How obvious is it that I’m yet to have a child :P )

      • Anmelt says:

        Well, second one I think I was 22 pounds more than pre preg right after delivery but dropped 3.5 pounds a month, steadily. So a fair amount of fat and water retention? I had a big booty during that pregnancy and I am usually slim and athletic with a bony butt.

        The first one I was perhaps 7 pounds straight after delivery so in that case I guess mostly placenta and water retention.

      • KatieD says:

        @ Amelia: I gained 28 lbs during pregnancy and lost it within a few weeks due to a combination of genetics, exercising while pregnant & eating healthy, and breastfeeding. I was very curious to see where all the weight went, so I found this breakdown of the weight gain:

        Baby: 7.5 pounds
        Placenta: 1.5 pounds
        Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
        Uterine enlargement: 2 pounds
        Maternal breast tissue: 2 pounds
        Maternal blood volume: 4 pounds
        Fluids in maternal tissue: 4 pounds
        Maternal fat stores: 7 pounds

        Seems pretty accurate because I had a 6 lb baby girl and lost about 9-10 lbs in the days immediately after birth.

    • Sixer says:

      I was a skinny rat before I got pregnant and I only gained 21-23 pounds both times. One baby was 8 pounds, the other almost 10. And I was back to pre-pregnancy weight within three weeks both times. No credit to me: I just carried on as normal and it happened.

      I would say I eat healthily for a person that doesn’t diet or try to eat healthily (ie I don’t like junk food so I don’t eat it, I do like fruit and veg so I eat them, I do like chocolate so I eat it). And I don’t do any exercise beyond a bit of yoga and walking in place of short car journeys.

      I think it all depends on your body and your metabolism.

  5. Nicolette says:

    Not surprising at all because she didn’t get that big to begin with. She looks great!

    • Esmom says:

      I think it’s mostly placenta, amniotic fluid and baby and if the weight gain is more than 25-30 pounds than the rest is extra calories. My doctor told me that you only need 300 extra calories per day to nourish the baby. I followed those guidelines plus exercised as usual (until I couldn’t) and I bounced back quickly after the first one. The second one was a bit tougher to lose the last few pounds though!

      Oops, posted in the wrong place, I meant to reply to Amelia above :)

      • wonderwoman21 says:

        The break down of the weight gain is so interesting. When i found out that 25-30 lbs was supposed to be put on during pregnancy i was like this o_O” but then i saw the break down and was more ok with it.

        So far 28 weeks pregnant and i’ve gained 19 lbs. I’m guessing i’ll gain 10 more or so. I’ve stayed active (stair master, walking, weights) so hopefully i can bounce back by summer.

      • Esmom says:

        @wonderwoman, you sound like you’re on the right track for bouncing back quickly. Best wishes for continued good health and, of course, a healthy baby. The early days/months with my babies are some of the most treasured days of my life. Weight gain/loss sort of falls away in the bliss. Enjoy!

  6. Little Darling says:

    She’s also young with the means to the end.

    This is not a surprise. Healthy women who are athletic and take care of themselves prior to pregnancy rarely have a hard time dropping the weight. Its non news. :)

  7. Jules says:

    Well it’s not like she has to worry about going back to work at a real job, or has any of the normal worries a new mother has. What is important to her? Her hair? Trying to look like she’s a regular bloke?

  8. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    Meanwhile, somewhere in LA, Kim Kardashian is alternating between grimace-sobbing into a pillow and using that People magazine cover of the royal infant portrait as a dartboard, while PMK desperately tries to find out who Kate’s post-birth plastic surgeon was.

    • Florc says:

      TheyPromisedMeBerr
      Oh not you too!
      This is bad. This is shading other mom’s for not losing the weight and that they have envy for a woman who did. It should be about focusing on health.
      Everyone likes to make fun of Kim, but she had a hard pregnancy and a harder time losing the weight. If Kate didn’t lose it i would be sympathetic. She did though and that’s normal. The only down side is that other women will now feel bad about their own body image.
      So while some here get a genuine laugh at the misfortune of others and especially Kim it’s just promoting depression of a new mom’s lingering fat.

    • Duliea says:

      I have never understood the whole Kim/Kate comparassion. They have nothing in common. Kate is not a star, she is not married to a star either.She has known her partner for over 10 years. She married first, then had a kid. She is just someone who maried into Royalty. Thats all. Kim is unforuntantly treated like a star and has a baby with Kanye, who is A list in music.
      Honestly, Kim has got way more in common with Angelina Jolie then she does with Kate. I can’t think of any other woman who is papped as much, who has all those stories about her, none other then Angelina Jolie. Jolie also like Kim was married twice, she is currently with a A list star, she has kids with her A list partner too. She also seems to be a bit of a famewhore like Kim . Her PR team is probably the most powerful one in Hollywood. Kim in terms of reality star, has the most pwerful PR team .Those two women love to be the center of attention, they need it like a drug. I mean I know this site is pro-Jolie but its the truth.

      • Suze says:

        Kate is a celebrity, if not a movie star. So I understand the interest in her.

        I agree, I don’t understand why, of all people, she constantly gets compared to KK. It’s odd. It’s hardly a compliment to the duchess and they really don’t have much in common.

        BTW, Angelina Jolie has an actual movie career, which sets her apart from KK, too.

  9. aims says:

    She’s one of those women who bounces back quickly. She looked amazing through out her pregnancy, and handled it well. We should all be so lucky. But, I think it’s ridiculous to say she’s a super mom. She has one child, and help. There are women out there who have a lot of kids who are busting their asses everyday. They’re the super moms.

  10. Annie says:

    One way or another, body shaming is wrong. If you’re going to snark on her because she lost weight quickly you might as well snark on people who didn’t. It’s the same thing. Women are pathetic when it comes to weight and body obsession, I swear. And don’t blame ~society. There’s something oddly satisfying about making snarky remarks about other women’s bodies for women who hate their own bodies and looks. Nobody who likes what they look like or have confidence in themselves goes after picking other women’s bodies or see if they gained or lost weight. It’s always te most insecure, self-hating women that are just looking at the rest, up and down, judging thinness and thickness.

    Get it through your heads: some women are thin, other women are thick. And it’s hard for them to change what they are. We are what we are. Kate is thin. Her body works that way, so naturally she will be thin even after a baby. Thicker women will only get thicker after a baby. It’s their nature. And whatever they choose to do to lose weight it’s their right. So even if Kim Kardashian gets a lypo after her baby, it’s nobody’s business. If tabloids compliment Kate for being thin, it should have no effect on your own self-esteem if you are ok with who you are. No need to get offended. You should know by now thin people will always get more compliments. Deal with it.

    Some women never left middle school, I swear. And I feel so sorry for you, because you have a long way to go and so many body shamers to come that you won’t be able to handle and THAT is one miserable existance.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for being so articulate about what is still a sensitive topic. This is what I’ve been trying to explain in a lot of boards I visit.

      There’s a subtle campaign by some against women who are naturally thin while others are being praised for their “curves”. Why must we bring one down to lift one up? Why can’t we just appreciate everyone for who they are?

      It’s not just with weight, I see that with natural hair (people think only curly hair is natural hair) and hair that is straighten or processed, makeup and no makeup, career-woman and stay-at-home mother; the list just goes on and on and on.

      Meanwhile, guys just give their buddies a pat in the back and offer them a beer…

    • Birdix says:

      This is only anecdotal, but I was always naturally thin before babies, now I’m thick. For two friends, it was the opposite. Childbirth can do funny things to your hormones (as can aging). But I agree with you that body shaming, in either direction, is wrong.

    • Tara says:

      Thank you so much for this post. Now that I am 40 I am starting to put on some weight. I look and feel wonderful but have had to deal with nasty remarks for years about being thin, many of them to my face. I have had other thin people tell me how glad “we” should be because at least we’re not fat like “them” ithat is also hurtful and I set them straight. My little sister and some of my friends have cried many bitter tears over the years about not being thin enough for society’s tastes. I am sick and tired of it. I hate it so much. I am 5’8 and weigh 139 lbs. and guess what? No one should give a rsts ass. What about my killer smile or my homemade alfredo sauce or my historical fiction obsession or lame sense of humor?? Women allow themselves to do this to other women.
      If every woman gave two other women per day one sincere compliment I wonder if that would help.

    • Suze says:

      No, we shouldn’t judge people for their size. Men or women, actually. I really wish weight were a non-issue and no one would have to justify why they are the size they are at that particular moment – it’s stupid.

      Although certain aspects of your body type are set, I do disagree that everyone is doomed to thickness or thinness. I think those labels are bit restrictive. Weight is not static. People are different sizes at different stages of their lives, and in different circumstances. We don’t always know what’s going on and we shouldn’t judge.

      Kate is athletic, and has been since her early years. She has also been different sizes, like many people.

      Through it all, she has obviously been disciplined about her habits. She looks good now. She looked good as a young woman about town. I thought she looked good pregnant, too.

  11. Anna says:

    She really had no extra weight to lose in the first place. In her case I wouldnt be surprised if she hadnt increased her pre-preggo workout routine or went on a special diet to get back to her old shape.

    • taxi says:

      No special diet needed, imo. I was the same way-thin when I got pregnant, pretty physically active, 30 yrs old. I gained 24 lbs by 4th mo by living on mushroom soup & vanilla milkshakes. Nausea subsided &at end of mo 8, I’d gained total 32 lbs. 9th mo, gained 5 more lbs, had a 7 lb 12oz baby. Total gain 37 lbs. Lost 32 lbs in first week (baby, fluid, placenta, etc).

      The last 5 lbs took about 2 weeks but it was a full 5 weeks after delivery before I could button my pre-preg tight jeans. Yes, I nursed. No, my waist never got as small again. No special effort, just genetic luck combined with reasonable food habits.

      When I started gaining weight years later, it was because I was cooking for kids & ate their leavings because it seemed wasteful to toss them. Still cooked & ate regular dinner later w/adults. Not smart.

      • Apples says:

        Taxi,
        Could you please post more often on Celebitchy? You don’t post enough in my opinion as I always enjoy your comments. Thank you :)

        As to your former habit of eating your kid’s leftovers… When I was a Nanny on a beautiful N. England island one summer. I used to put each toddler/kid’s leftovers in their own tupperwear and would bring it back out for the next mealtime or two and let them pick at it- no matter how random the foods. Toddlers always remind me of drunk people at a cocktail party: can’t stop talking, and can’t stop getting out of their chair and walking around :) Will eat anything you put in front of them if you don’t care whether they eat it.

  12. Miss Jupitero says:

    Breast feeding will melt the pounds off in many cases. If you are slender and fit to begin with, even more so.

  13. Merritt says:

    My sister was like that. Even when she was still pregnant, if she wore a loose shirt, she didn’t looks it.

  14. Jessica says:

    She’s pretty tall, has a naturally slim build and is extremely weight conscious. Of course the weight came right off, there wasn’t much weight to begin with. If she’d spent an extra two days in hospital before making that first appearance her uterus would have contracted by a lot and she would have looked almost back to normal then!

    Remember Nicole Kidman? Just days after she gave birth she was pictured in low-cut non-maternity skinny jeans, without even the slightest hint of a tummy. The taller and thinner you are, the quicker the weight goes. The more petite you are, the more your bump takes over your frame and the more every single extra pound matters, so it takes longer to look like you’re back to normal.

  15. Gine says:

    Not a surprise, she has that kind of figure. A friend of mine is the same way, she’s had three kids and you’d never know it. Unlike me, who will probably never snap back fully from pregnancy if I decide to have kids, if my poor mom is any indication. Sigh.

  16. Noodles says:

    Losing weight quickly does not a supermom make.

  17. Stef Leppard says:

    What’s the BFD? I gained 28 lbs when pregnant and lost it all within two weeks, no dieting or exercising. A lot of the weight is the baby, amniotic fluid, the placenta, TONS of water weight, etc. So I think it’s fine that she’s slim again so quickly.

    • Ellen Smith says:

      I agree. I gained 6.5 lbs. when pregnant – had borderline gestational diabetes and was put on what could best be called an Atkins diet – high protein and low carb. I was 22 lbs. lighter a week after I gave birth, and my son was 7 lbs. 2 oz. I was losing weight because I cut out the sugar and carbs, but he gained weight normally. Oh, and I had a large belly (but no bloat elsewhere).

  18. dlsmith says:

    I lost my baby weight easily too. Breastfeeding eats up a lot of calories. I craved food and candy and ate all the time. Baby didn’t like to nap so a one hour walk with the stroller and breastfeeding was all it took. It took longer than 5 weeks, more like 4 months, but I was slimmer during baby’s first year than I was when baby turned two.

    • Jennabean says:

      You just made me feel so much better. I lost all my baby weight by the time my daughter was about 2 months by the time she turned two I weighed a lot more. I was very active before I had kids an it was very hard for me to fit exercise in with a child.

  19. Steph says:

    With my twins I lost all the weight in a month with no effort and I don’t have an athletic body type. Sometimes it just happens like that, I honestly did nothing different and it was just gone. However, I also didn’t gain a lot of weight outside of the abdomen, so could have been just a ton of fluid.

  20. GMarchetti says:

    Jessica Simpson surely is surprised!

    For her, every woman should gain 100 pounds during pregnancy, and lose it in about 5 years, if they don’t get pregnant again during this period and then will have to lose 200 pounds in 10 years.

    That’s fair enough.

    • emmie_a says:

      Why does it bother you — or why is it any of your business when Jessica loses her body weight? She is probably enjoying her life and her Mexican food and not starving herself like some people. So?

      • Lady D says:

        Sticking up for a large person while cutting down a slim person. Can we not agree to just accept women the way they are?

      • GMarchetti says:

        Actually, it is my and everybody else’s businesses because she keeps publicly talking about her weight.

        What bothers me is when a fat person keeps using the same excuse, “I don’t know why I’m fat, I don’t eat anything”. If you’re fat, unless you have some disease, it’s because you eat more than your body needs.

        I have nothing against overweight people, it’s just that SOME OF THEM need to take responsibility and admit that they have a problem, and then maybe, get the help they need, lose weight and be healthy.

        By the way, I don’t approve starving yourself to death so you can “fit” in an unrealistic image that movie and magazines try to sell (before you start preaching on me for that).

  21. Sabrine says:

    It’s genetics and self-control. She’s got the body type that bounces back. She’s obviously also not stuffing her face with junk food or excessive calories every day. Self-control is huge.

  22. Annabelle says:

    Kate is very disciplined with food and seems to enjoy being active. She really only gained in her boobs and tummy (with a little puffiness in her face at the end), so of course she’s back to her regular size.

    • caitlin says:

      “disciplined” is one way of putting it, but IMHO, it’s a bit of an understatement I’d say. She’s obsessively committed to regaining the physique she worked so hard to attain before the wedding — the skeletal one, not her former athletic but slender self. Had to laugh at the remarks in the article about her not dieting and simply doing yoga and bf’ing. Puh-leeze.

    • SISI says:

      Both Kate and Pippa are keen sportswomen, and obviously they will watch over what they eat – even consult a dietician if necessary.
      Getting married is always a stressful time – multiply that by 1000x for a Royal Wedding watched by millions! So I’m not surprised she lost so much weight before the wedding and as newly-wed (marrying into the royal family is not picnic!)

  23. ncboudicca says:

    Guess my definition of “super mom” is completely different from Us Weekly’s.

  24. elo says:

    Man,I’m 8 weeks out and still feel huge :(

    • Amanduh says:

      Aww…it’ll get better!! I know how you feel…I practically hibernated for the first few months! Eight weeks is still really early!! Sleep (ppffft, right??!), eat well, and love your baby – everything will fall into place as its supposed to :) You’re doing an amazing job!

  25. elkiddo says:

    I gained 8 kilos (about 18 pounds) during my pregnancy, admittedly, its not much and i lost it all in the first week, i think that’s mostly due to breastfeeding.. Kate didn’t seem to gain that much too, so i guess it’s no surprise there.

  26. Lucky Charm says:

    I seriously don’t understand why people think you have to be dieting and exercising for hours every day to lose baby weight. I was back at work eight weeks after my first baby, wearing all my pre-pregnancy clothes. And I certainly wasn’t dieting or doing any exercise other than walking her in the stroller every day, usually to visit someone. And this was with three weeks of complete bedrest (complications after delivery put me back in the hospital). I know two people who came home from the hospital having lost all their baby weight already. Anyway, like others have said, Kate is tall, thin, didn’t gain a lot of weight, walks, and is nursing. Really not a surprise she looks like this.

    • Lisa says:

      Exactly. My mom went back to work quickly after she had my brother, and she was teaching at the time, so standing for hours + walking with the stroller and breastfeeding… She dropped the weight. Even though she took over a year off with me, she travelled between hospitals a lot, and the weight fell off. She only gained about 25 each time.

    • Florc says:

      Lucky
      You said it. Kate has to work to have that body. She has a strictly monitored diet and must do more than yoga to not only have her muscle mass, but maintain it. She’s said to be a fan of cycling machines, stair master and treadmills. Those are all heavy cardio.
      Kate had a naturally athletic build and had a bit of normal, but existent fat. She noticeably lost a great deal once the engagement hit and from then on looks like she must actively work to maintain her figure.
      As for a bit of snark… It’s not like she has anything else to do. Husband away, baby with nannies, no events except a gala and wedding to attend. She has the time to work out. Other new mom’s don’t.

    • SISI says:

      I agree! Catherine is very athletic, naturally slim, and kept herself active all throughout her pregnancy. She particularly enjoys long walks, swimming and tennis – that plus some yoga (or pilates), sensible eating and breastfeeding would have been more than enough. She also delivered a fairly large baby (8 lb, 6 oz) so most of her weight gained in preganancy was actual baby!

  27. MeowuiRose says:

    I was the same way. I only gained about 15 lbs when pregnant and it was gone by the time I left the hospital. I didn’t change my eating habits during my pregnancy and had a very active job so that helped. My body looks way different even though the number on the scale is the same. I have belly jiggles like cats do lol.

  28. Marigold says:

    Would it kill magazine editors to consult an OBGYN before writing these supermom weight loss stories? There are uncountable variables is losing weight after giving birth. When you look at all the possibilities, it is virtually impossible to peg one woman as superhuman and another a lazy slob. But let’s continue to define women by their weight…

  29. v1nc3nz00 says:

    in her case isn’t the baby weight just the baby himself?

  30. Rachel Ruiz says:

    You really can do nothing and lose the weight, if your body is so inclined. I gained about 30 with each pregnancy and lost it all very quickly, and I did absolutely nothing except breastfeed and go on short walks. I’m blessed to have a body that doesn’t hold on to extra weight, but we are all different and there is no wrong way to lose/not lose pregnancy weight.

    So sick of body shaming these moms post-partum! You either lose too quickly or not quickly enough, it’s such garbage.

  31. Claudia says:

    And she’s also really tall… so… you know… that helps.

  32. WendyNerd says:

    Well, I feel like a fatass now. It took me like, four months to lose 30lbs.

  33. MavenTheFirst says:

    Another photo op to show how ‘ordinary’ they are. Feh. Her hair looks professionally done.

  34. fabgrrl says:

    What baby weight would that be? The tiny belly? Once the baby and fluid were gone there was hardly anything for her to lose.

  35. Ginevra says:

    I only gained 19 lbs and had basically lost it all by my 2 week postpartum checkup. And yet, my baby was born a month before Kate’s and I still can’t fit into my pre pregnancy jeans. My hips are all wider and my abs all flabby and stretched out. So I am just going to tell mysel that Kate is wearing one of those postpartum girdles.

  36. Apples says:

    I would just like to comment on the very strong, message Duchess Kate sent out with this outing.
    Her first post-baby body images in weeks would naturally sell for a lot of $$ and interest. What does she choose?
    An innocent visit to Waitrose grocery market. On the one hand forwarding her as a simple mom just doing her own shopping, like one of us, while Grandmother watches baby.
    The more subtle message? Pippa was hired by Waitrose to write for their food magazine and was greeted with much derision. Kate is sells out any dress she wears within hours. Her message to businesses here in this high impact outing: you support my sister, and I will support you. Note how she makes sure the Waitrose name on her reusable bags is seen from whichever angle her photo is taken from as she pushes the carriage.
    Score 1 to Duchess Kate and Middletons.

  37. Lila says:

    Am I the only one thinking that the photos are a nice little advert for Waitrose (the one Pippa is “writing” for)?

  38. UsedToBeLulu says:

    She hasn’t lost all of it. LOL She never had much of a bottom before the George, and now she does. She is clearly heavier than she was pre pregnancy.

  39. Her indoors says:

    Baby no 1 gained 28lb, back into my skinny jeans in 3 weeks. Baby no 2, still not lost it and the child is 16 :)

  40. caitlin says:

    If that’s her bodyguard in the photo, he should be fired – he’s yakking away on his cell phone oblivious to what’s going on.

  41. bettyrose says:

    Of course she lost the weight quickly. Was there ever any doubt? But let’s not be so hasty in calling her super mom. I notice there is no baby with her going grocery shopping – saw the pics yesterday – so it feels like a photo op to me. She didn’t get off an 8 hour shift, pick the baby up from day care, and swing through the supermarket on her way home in time to make dinner for the family.

  42. Decloo says:

    Stress is a great way to lose baby weight. I was naturally thin like Kate and only gained like 20 pounds. All the baby weight was off in two weeks because I was so stressed out and depressed. I wore a bikini and, frankly, don’t think I have ever been as thin as that time.

    • ruth says:

      I think we can safely assume that that’s not the case with our Kate. Stress? She wouldn’t know stress if it came up and bit her in the backside!

      • Tara says:

        But you couldnt possibly know that. Wealth and privilege dont alleviate stress. When my friends had their children they all said it brought on a whole different category of stress.

      • ruth says:

        Unlike us “regular” moms, Kate has access to all the resources she needs to alleviate or diminish much of her “stress”.

      • momof2 says:

        And you had no stress??!! Wow, tell me your secret(s)!

      • Tara says:

        Ruth
        Your statements dont make sense. First of all, absolutely everyone feels stress and many people feel powerless to alleviate it. Being rich doesnt make you stress free whether you are a new mom or not. Princess Diana was wealthy and titled after she had her children. She had the best resources money and privilege could acquire. But she was unbelievably stressed. I have known new moms with very comfortable lifestyles and they suffered from stress and anxiety. My best friend from college had a baby and though it was an exciting time for her and her husband she worried a lot – will I be as great a mom as my mom was? Will my son remain healthy? What will the world look like for him in 20 years? Will he have my husband’s good nature or my dad’s temper? What if he develops a learning disability? What if he grows up and doesnt want to run my husband and father-in-law’s real estate company? When should another baby?
        Money gives the wealthy a different set of problems but everyone has them, for sure. People should bond over their similarities not judge one another over their differences.

  43. Janet says:

    Not really. I was back in my skinny jeans two weeks after my son was born.

  44. Tig says:

    If she lost her baby weight quickly- good for her! However, I do wish the current trend of calculating how much/how soon after a woman gives birth would stop. Adjusting to a newborn is challenge enough w/o worrying about wearing skinny jeans within 2 wks.

  45. Lauren says:

    What bothers me is the use of “supermom.” She lost the weight, but farms out the responsibiity of caring for her child. What’s so super here? It upsets me that clearly the #1 most important thing for a new mom is losing the weight by whatever means possible, and that this is being pushed as a public perception.

  46. Ginger says:

    I agree US Weekly deserves a ton shade for saying she’s a “supermom” because she lost the weight so quickly. UGH! I see we haven’t progressed that far concerning comments about a woman’s weight. Who really cares? The only thing of concern here is that Kate and the baby are happy and healthy. I too walked and did yoga throughout my pregnancy but due to complications, doctor ordered bed rest and recovery from acute Eclampsia that nearly killed me and my child, it took me a while to lose my pregnancy weight. BUT since my child was born severely premature I didn’t gain a lot. I missed the last trimester when the pounds really come. Because of this experience I think the writers at US Weekly can shove it. Not all of us have an easy, breezy pregnancy and birth. Kate is very lucky and blessed.

    • SISI says:

      I agree and sympathise with you very much. But remember that Catherine did not have an easy start to her pregnancy – fortunately her HG symptoms disappeared or were adequately controlled after the first trimester, enough for her to resume royal duties and enjoy the rest of her pregnancy.

    • lalala says:

      Ginger – I sympathize with you. I too had a preemie and no one could possibly understand how scary and worrying it is unless it has happened to them too. I only gained about 18 lbs in total, but would have gained 100 more if it meant that my baby could have come out full term and healthy. :(

      I truly believe that healthy baby = easy pregnancy, no matter the mother’s pregnancy symptoms. It can always be so much worse …

  47. Ceebee says:

    Um, seriously, if I had a nanny (or two or three dozen) to take my little one of my hands for even a COUPLE of hours a day to luxuriate in grocery shopping all by myself, I might have the mental fortitude to embrace yoga class again and shed the last ten pounds. As is, all I can do is melt into the couch at the end of the day.

  48. Chillax says:

    I was shocked she would be photographed before the Tusks Trust Gala. I thought that would be her post baby debut.

  49. TheOriginalWaffle says:

    When I first saw these pictures, I had a kind of road-rage incident related to them. I was about to turn right, but the crosswalk signal was on, and a very thin woman with a stroller jogged across the intersection. I thought immediately of all the praise Kate would get from losing the weight. And to myself, I muttered, “Lose that baby weight! Hurry up!” as an ironic comment on her having to do that…. it looked so painful, being 98 degrees at 9 a.m. here in Phoenix… but now, given time, I just hope that the woman always loved jogging and just didn’t want the baby to stop her.

  50. vava says:

    Well, you know what? It doesn’t freaking matter how quickly (or completely) a mother loses the weight. The press is just turning this into an issue that is first off: UNACCEPTABLE, and second: UNNECESSARY.

    Every body is different. Who gives a rip about the Duchess of Cambridge? (Answer: The Duchess of Cambridge, The Douche of Cambridge, and Mother Middleton.).

  51. You Know says:

    Of course she had all the time in the world to exercise by swimming, hiking, yoga, etc because she only made less than 20 appearances throughout her pregnancy. Some royal and future queen to only make less than 20 appearances.

  52. Kiyoshigirl says:

    Not surprising. This is how it should be for a fit woman shortly after giving birth. If you are fit prior to pregnancy, eat healthy and exercise during pregnancy, and don’t suffer from any complications, you should have no trouble doing the same. Too many women use pregnancy as an excuse to start eating and stop exercising. I rode my bike to my 9th month checkup during pregnancy. I walked into the office and the physician said he’d pay money if 1/10th of his clients would do the same, and before people jump on me with excuses, I’ve suffered with congenital arthritis from the age of 5. Physical limitations are not always an excuse either.

  53. raincoaster says:

    She’s also a jogger and a smoker, although I don’t know if she’s smoking now that she’s breastfeeding.

    • MegG says:

      Why does everyone say breastfeeding helps you Lose weight, if it doesn’t ? I’m 6 months pregnant and curious. I’ve been trying to keep up exercising but worried this will fall off the wayside after baby. I want to fit into my old clothes again! Good luck other mums to be

    • MegG says:

      Why does everyone say breastfeeding helps you Lose weight, if it doesn’t ? I’m 6 months pregnant and curious. I’ve been trying to keep up exercising but worried this will fall off the wayside after baby. I want to fit into my old clothes! Good luck other mums to be

  54. Xantha says:

    A little OT: Apparently there has been friction between the Palace and some members of the UK press because some British newspapers talked about her grocery trip and have published the pictures.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/28/new-privacy-row-after-pictures-of-kate-middleton-s-supermarket-shop.html