She gave birth to her third child Prince Louis seven weeks ago, but the Duchess of Cambridge has already snapped back to her svelte pre-pregnancy shape.
The mother-of-three looked impeccably slimline yesterday as she enjoyed a family day out with George and Charlotte at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.
Kate, 36, sported a fitted striped Zara dress with a matching belt that accentuated her slim waist, and seemed to have lost weight since appearing at the royal wedding just three weeks ago.
According to midwife Laura Spicer of The Women’s Health Clinic it is possible for some new mothers to snap back into shape quickly, and it’s down to a combination of pre-existing fitness and good genes.
‘Some women definitely can snap back into shape. However, if you are fit and have had a healthy pregnancy with a normal BMI it is possible to be similar to your pre-pregnancy body shape.
‘It’s also got a lot to do with genetics, so if Mum recovered well you’re more likely to as well.’
However, she added that it is remarkable that Kate’s slimmed down so quickly given this is her third baby.
‘It is very normal for the majority of women to take up to a year to lose any excess weight gain,’ she said.
‘Indeed, many women’s body shapes will never be the same as prior to pregnancy, from an enlarged rib cage to bigger breasts, it will take women a while to get used to their new physique.
Often with every baby it gets harder to lose the weight as quickly as the last.
‘It’s amazing that thousands of years ago these signs of becoming a mother actually used to make women more attractive, as it was a sign of their fertility.’
She added that Kate’s weight loss is also likely down to her following a healthy diet since giving birth, which can be difficult in the first weeks.
‘Cutting down on all the things your body can crave after delivery is hard, we normally crave carbs and comfort foods, especially if breast feeding you will be looking for extra calories,’ she explained.
‘If you can avoid this and snack on health foods and balanced healthy dinners you are far more likely to lose the excess weight quicker.