Kate Middleton: Even I struggle with being a mother

THE royal has offered an astoundingly personal glimpse into her life.

It seems all women can struggle with motherhood, even the ones who appear to have it all like the Duchess of Cambridge.

Despite appearances and having two of the cutest kids in the world, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate has revealed even she has moments of self doubt saying she struggles with a "lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance" under the pressures of being a "perfect parent".

The wife of Prince William said despite having help at home she has found motherhood a "huge challenge", saying it can be "very lonely after your baby is born", WHIMN reported.

Speaking at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at an event to launch a project about mental health in early parenthood, the royal mum gave a rare insight into her very private life, admitting that "nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother."

"It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together.

"Your fundamental identity changes overnight," she said adding that, "you go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost. And yet there is no rule book, no right or wrong - you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family."

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New mums, the 35-year-old said, often suffer in silence as they adjust in those early months, "overwhelmed by negative feelings, but also afraid to admit to the struggles they are facing due to the fear or shame of what others might think if they 'aren't coping'".

She went on to say that while mothers would not hesitate to seek help from a doctor if they became ill, getting mental health help should be no different.

"It's right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains," she said.

"It's ok not to find it easy. Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness."

While acknowledging the challenges, Kate said that becoming a mum has personally been a "rewarding and wonderful experience."

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