So, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed Baby Sussex, officially Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on Monday, May 6, 2019—and Wednesday, just two days later, the family of three made their first public appearance.
The royal duo took to St. George's Hall at Windsor Castle to introduce their bundle of joy to the world, and, while it's easy to assume that all eyes were on Baby Archie, it was actually Meghan who that caught the audience's attention.
For her first public appearance as a new mum (which, let me remind you again, came just 48 hours after labour), Meghan wore a white sleeveless trench dress with a belt tied over her belly that not only accentuated her undeniable glow but also her post-baby bump—and people were loving it.
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The comments poured in on the family photo, posted on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official Instagram account. "I hope this makes people more aware that it’s normal to still look pregnant after giving birth. She looks gorgeous," wrote one person, while others said Meghan "actually showed [her bump] with pride and showed what it really looks like after birth," and noticed that she "isn't hiding away until she gets her figure back."
Honestly, (and despite what you might see on social media about "snapping back"), looking a little pregnant still after recently giving birth is completely normal. Here's why: during pregnancy, your body—specifically your uterus, abdominal muscles and skin—are increasingly stretched for the greater part of the year, so it can takes weeks-to-months for that area to decrease and return to its original size, according to What To Expect.
While, yes, simply delivering the baby can result in an immediate 10-pound weight loss and a little more as fluid levels decrease, per the Office of Women's Health, it takes time—just as it did to grow a baby in the first place—to decrease in additional size and swelling.