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Princess Kate’s Brave Birth Revelations After ‘Devastating’ Pregnancies

The Princess of Wales ‘actually really enjoyed labour’ after a string of difficult pregnancies with George, Charlotte and Louis

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave with their new born baby boy from the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England.

The Prince and Princess of Wales share three children together; Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five.

It’s no secret the Princess suffered greatly with hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting, in all three of her pregnancies. Speaking on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast  in February 2020, Kate opened up about the experience:

“[It was] utterly rotten. I was really sick. I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating and yet the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and to grow new life, which I think is fascinating.”

Kate Middleton with her three children Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis© Instagram
Princess Kate with her three children Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis

The Princess also revealed the effect the sickness had on her husband, saying: “William didn’t feel he could do much to help and it’s hard to see you’re suffering without actually being able to do anything about it.”

“Because it had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labour… Because actually it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to! But I know some people have really, really difficult times, so it’s not for everybody. No pregnancy is the same, no birth is the same.”

Here, discover all of Princess Kate’s birth stories with her three children….

Prince George’s birth

St James’ Palace announced that the Prince and Princess of Wales were expecting their first child on 3 December 2012. The exciting news came early in the royal’s pregnancy due to Kate being unwell with hyperemesis gravidarum and requiring hospital treatment.

Fortunately, the Princess felt better in the final trimester and the world celebrated with the royal couple when little Prince George arrived at 4.24pm on 22 July 2013.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son Prince George© Getty
Prince William, and Princess Catherine with their newborn son Prince George

Prince George was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London weighing 8lb 6oz. Kate is said to have delivered him naturally. The couple delayed the public announcement for almost four hours, releasing the official statement from Kensington Palace around 8pm.

William had the duty of calling his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, on a specially encrypted phone to tell her the happy news. Then he called Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, in Bucklebury, her sister Pippa and brother, James, his own father King Charles and his brother Prince Harry. The couple waited one day before leaving hospital with their baby boy.

Princess Kate smiling whilst holding new-born Prince George at the Lindo Wing in 2013© Getty
Princess Kate looked radiant just hours after giving birth to Prince George in 2013

Kate has previously opened up about the moment George was born, telling Giovanna Fletcher:

Prince George's christening 2013© Getty
The christening of Prince George in 2013

The Princess also spoke about her first night in hospital with her firstborn. When asked how many hours after giving birth she presented Prince George to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing, she recalled:

“I… Oh my gosh, I can’t remember. Everything goes in a bit of a blur. I think, yeah I did stay in hospital overnight, I remember it was one of the hottest days and night with huge thunderstorms so I didn’t get a huge amount of sleep, but George did which was really great.”

In 2017, doctors from Kate’s healthcare team shared some details of the pregnancy and birth.

Prince George's first birthday, 204© Getty
Prince George on his first birthday with William and Kate

Professor Tiong Ghee Teoh, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and anesthesiologist Dr. Johanna Bray were a part of the royal’s 23-member medical team that were on call three months prior to the birth in case extra assistance was required.

“We had a huge team,” Professor Teoh revealed. “Anything that could possibly go wrong, we had a team of people behind each speciality.” He added, “Everyone was sworn to secrecy.”

The Princess of Wales’s Imperial College Healthcare team included two obstetricians, three midwives, three anaesthetists, four surgical staff members, two special care baby-unit staff, four paediatricians, one lab technician and three to four managers.

Princess Charlotte’s birth

The world learnt of Kate’s pregnancy with Princess Charlotte on 8 September 2014.

Kate Middleton in pink overcoat© Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle
The Princess of Wales during her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte

Once again, Kate’s pregnancy was announced early, before the 12-week mark, because she was due at a series of public engagements, which she could not attend due to illness. Kate sadly could not attend Prince George’s first day of school due to the condition.

Princess Charlotte was born at 8.34am on 2 May 2015 weighing 8lb 3oz. Once again, the birth took place at St Mary’s Hospital in London. As Charlotte was delivered relatively quickly, the couple left the Lindo Wing in the late afternoon, just hours after Kate had given birth.

baby princess charlotte© Getty
Princess Charlotte was born 2 May 2015

The Princess called on the same two doctors for all three of her births: surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen, Alan Farthing, and the surgeon gynaecologist to the royal household, Guy Thorpe-Beeston. She was also attended to by two midwives.

Princess Kate in a white coat dress holding hands with Princess Charlotte © WPA Pool
Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte leave St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan

Kate has previously revealed in the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast how she used hypnobirthing in her labours. She revealed:

“Actually it was through hyperemesis that I really realised the power of the mind over the body because I really had to try everything and everything to try and help me through it. There are levels of it.

Princess Kate holding a baby Princess Charlotte© Karwai Tang
Charlotte was one on when she joined her parents on her first royal tour

“I’m not going to say that William was standing there chanting sweet nothings at me! He definitely wasn’t, [laughing] I didn’t even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself. I saw the power of it, really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that that they teach you in hypnobirthing when I was really sick and actually I realised that this was something that I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful.”

Prince Louis’ birth

William and Kate announced the Princess’ third pregnancy on 4 September 2017. The statement was similar to the previous two occasions, revealing the family were thrilled at the news but that once again Kate was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

We remember the birth announcement of Prince Louis like it were yesterday.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. © Getty
The Princess still suffered with morning sickness in the third pregnancy

The statement read: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

Just like his older siblings, little Louis was born at the Lindo Wing at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. Kate earned her super-mum title, presenting her new-born Prince to the world just seven hours after giving birth – wow!

Adorable Louis was swaddled in the same blanket Kate used for George and Charlotte as babies.

It’s hard to believe that Prince Louis turned three earlier this year, with his proud parents sharing an adorable photo of him on his way to nursery to mark the occasion. Louis could be seen smiling at the camera whilst riding a balance bike and carrying his backpack, with many people commenting that he looked just like his big brother George!

Princess Kate wearing black and white polka dots and a hat

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