How the Queen’s “Twilight Sleep” Delivery Was Controversial but Kate Found the Secret for a Smooth Labor

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According to research, 94% of women experience some form of pregnancy sickness, and even Royal mamas-to-be cannot escape those complications. As a matter of fact, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that all 3 of her pregnancies had been challenging experiences, except for the actual delivery. She has even shared what helped make childbirth a pleasant moment, even though this can be the most intimidating part for most women.

Bright Side is excited to share with you Kate’s fascinating journey throughout all of her 3 pregnancies. And her secret to simplifying labor might be really useful to you as well.

The controversial deliveries of the Queen

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Queen Elizabeth II delivered her first child, Prince Charles in November 1948 at 22 years old. It was reported that she endured a 30-hour labor and her husband Prince Philip was not present. It is said that she was put into a state called “twilight sleep” during labor. They gave her anesthetic and her baby was born using forceps. However, this is considered as a controversial technique nowadays and it is no longer used.

Kate’s 3 pleasant labors

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Kate became a mom for the first time at 31, when she gave birth to Prince George in July 2013.
A little more than a year later, she was expecting a baby girl, Princess Charlotte. And finally in 2018, she gave birth to another baby boy, Prince Louis, when she was 36.

And it seems that those 3 labors and deliveries were a piece of cake for the duchess. She opened up saying, “It was hugely powerful and because it had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labor!”

An awful morning sickness

After all, it seems that the duchess might have been fond of childbirth so much because it each time marked the ending of a challenging 9-months experience. She added, ’’Because, actually, it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to!’’ However, Kate is well aware that delivery can be the most complicated part for many expecting mothers. She noted, “But I know some people do have really, really difficult times, and it’s not for everybody.”

What made pregnancy really tough for the English royal was “very bad morning sickness.” She admitted that it was “utterly rotten! I was really sick. I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating.”

However, despite being unable to consume those required nutrients, Kate explained that the health of the babies luckily wasn’t affected. She revealed, “The body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and grow new life, which I think is fascinating.”

Her secret


While going through her morning sickness, Kate searched for a way to regain control during the birthing process. This is how she discovered hypnobirthing, a method of pain management that can be used during labor. She clearly had a positive experience with it, admitting, “I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that.” And it seems that this hypnobirthing really worked in the end, and the duchess was able to reap its effect by enjoying all 3 of her labors.

How was your pregnancy experience? If you have given birth more than once, have you found all pregnancies to be quite similar, or were they different in terms of complications?

Preview photo credit Courtesy Everett Collection/EAST NEWS, Ben Cawthra / eyevine/EAST NEWS


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