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Kate Middleton a Fit Role Model for New Moms

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- We all love Kate Middleton for putting her "mummy tummy" on full display.

But the truth is, she was sleek and fit before she got pregnant with baby George and, if she's like most high-profile moms, she'll be back in fighting shape in no time flat.

Celebrity trainer Sara Haley says it possible for any woman to bounce back after having a baby even if she doesn't have the royal assistance from a stable of chefs and trainers. Haley offers these five tips for new moms who want to return to pre-baby form quickly, but safely and without breaking the bank.

9 Up = 9 Down
It took you nine months to fully expand and Haley says it usually takes about the same amount of time to completely restore your body to its former glory once you've had a baby. Keep in mind that having a baby is a major physical event. Even if you lose weight quickly, it may not be until your baby's nine-month landmark that your body looks the way you want and your pre-pregnancy clothes fit properly again. That timeline will vary by a few months depending on a number of factors, including your age, genetics, how many kids you've had, whether or not you breastfeed and if you've had a C section.

When You Go, Go Hard
Middleton, no doubt, has the luxury of having a nanny to help out with child care if she wants one. Maybe you do, too. But even if that's true, you still won't have as much time as you did before to hit the gym once the baby is born. Haley advises doing 20-minute interval workouts that alternate bursts of high-energy cardio exercise with periods of slower "recovery" cardio. One recent Auburn University study found that this type of training workout burns a whopping 13.5 calories per minute and doubles the speed of your metabolism for at least 30 minutes afterwards so you continue to burn fat and calories at a high rate, even after you've hit the showers.

Hit the Weights
Cardio is great for weight loss, but strength training is what picks everything up and puts it back in place. Pump iron that's heavy enough to make your muscles feel fatigued after 8 to 15 repetitions of an exercise, Haley says, and train every part of your body at least twice a week. That means doing exercises that focus on your chest, back, shoulders, arms, abs, butt and legs. If you have time, add in regular Pilates and yoga sessions to help tighten and tone the waistline, easily the No. 1 postpartum trouble zone for most women.

Watch What You Eat
You're no longer eating for two -- but that's tempting to forget, especially when you're groggy from lack of sleep. You don't have to starve yourself but, Haley advises, don't eat uncontrollably, either. Keep in mind that women who breastfeed need 450 to 500 additional calories per day according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A turkey sandwich with cheese on whole wheat with a piece of fruit is a good example a high-quality, 500-calorie meal.

Match Expectations to Effort
What you put into your workouts is what you get out of them, Haley says. If you skip a couple weeks of workouts and double up on the ice cream, don't expect any miracles. However, if you are patient and consistent, your hard work will pay off. It may not happen quite as soon as you'd like, but you will be rewarded for sweating it out on a regular basis.

Don't beat yourself up if, unlike the A-list babymakers, your body doesn't slim down instantly after popping one out. True, some celebs are blessed with a body type that snaps back quickly, but they've probably also got a good stylist to help camouflage any extra baby pudge. And they've got another trick up their sleeve you don't: It's called air brushing.

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Is Kate Middleton Late? Figuring Out a Due Date

Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Given the widely held belief that the Duchess of Cambridge has passed her due date, the anxious anticipation for the birth of England’s future monarch has grown.

While Buckingham Palace never released an official due date, only stating that Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s baby was due in “mid-July,” the entire world has been discussing possible due dates, even betting on when the baby will arrive.

For this reason, taking a closer look at the obstetric concept of the due date and what it means is a good idea. Here’s ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton’s explanation of the term:

Given the fact that only approximately 5 percent of babies arrive on their precise due date, it’s no surprise when a baby is overdue. Full-term pregnancy refers to a five-week period of time between 37 weeks and 42 weeks, although babies born after 40 weeks (which represents the official due date) are considered post-term.

(Fun fact: in Obstetrics, the due date is technically referred to as the EDC, which stands for “estimated date of confinement.” This harkens back to a time when pregnant women would need to remain house-bound to deliver their babies and then recover, thus they were “confined” to home!)

The important issue with projecting an estimated due date has to do with knowledge of dates roughly 10 months prior. This refers to the date of the last menstrual period, and length of a woman’s menstrual cycle. For women who know the precise date of the period that occurred prior to conception, and who have a menstrual cycle that is 28 days long (many have cycles that are less or more than 28 days), and who know when conception occurred, it’s significantly easier to accurately date the pregnancy and thus arrive at a valid due date. However, it’s not only important for a woman to know these dates, but also crucial to have a sonogram in the first trimester of pregnancy, which measures the length of the fetus, the size of the gestational sac and can forecast the EDC.

A sonogram performed in the first trimester is said to be accurate to within a week, when done in the second trimester within two weeks, and within the third trimester within three weeks. Thus, the accuracy of an ultrasound to provide information on the size of the fetus that can project the due date is greatest within the first trimester.

So given the complex interaction between dates of a last menstrual period, measurement of a fetus that is just millimeters in size in the first trimester and the five-week range of time wherein a fetus can be born and be considered full-term, it’s not surprising that many babies pass their projected due dates. When this happens, the fetus is usually monitored a little more closely with sonograms to check the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby and other parameters. Called a Biophysical Profile, this non-invasive test checks the baby’s heart rate in reaction to its body movement, its muscular tone, its breathing movements (fetal lungs and chest expand and make breathing movements in utero) and its body movements.

The fetus can receive a maximum of two points for each of the five parameters, which help to test fetal well-being. A score between eight and 10 out of a maximum of 10 points is considered reassuring, although the Ob literature suggests that this test is really better at identifying a compromised fetus (that needs to be delivered) than it is at assessing a fetus that is “well.” In other words, a low score may be more significant and predictive of an impaired fetus than a high score is of predicting a healthy fetus.

Doctors also recommend the mom monitor fetal movement with “kick counts,” which is a simple way of following how often the baby moves in utero. Though there is less room for a baby to kick at the end of pregnancy, babies in utero should still be moving at least 10 times in two hours. It’s all about watching the clock at this point in pregnancy…watching and waiting.

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Prenatal Vitamins a Must for Kate Middleton

Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- All pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin, but it’s particularly important for someone like Kate Middleton, who has struggled to keep food down.

“Prenatals help to cover any areas of a mommy-to-be’s diet where she may not be eating important nutrients that are needed for baby’s development,” said pharmacist Sarah G. Khan of

Khan said a good prenatal pill should contain three big nutrients: folic acid, iron, and DHA/EPA.  She also recommended that all pregnant women take an additional calcium and vitamin D supplement because the fetus steals calcium from the mom to construct its skeleton.

A new JAMA report also highlighted the importance of prenatal folic acid. 

Using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, researchers found that mothers who took folic acid four weeks before and eight weeks after pregnancy had a 40 percent reduced risk of giving birth to a child with autism.  That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that folic acid taken during pregnancy will result in fewer autism cases.

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At Week 18, Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Hormones Should Be Easing

LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- The raging hormones that probably made mum-to-be Kate Middleton so tired during her first trimester should have calmed down by now, experts contend. At this point in a pregnancy, hormone levels rise more slowly, which means increased energy during the day and better sleep at night.

Doctors will probably advise Middleton to sleep on her left side. Lying on her back once she’s passed into the second trimester can compress the pelvic veins, decreasing blood flow to the lower half of the body. Lying on the left side relieves this pressure and promotes normal blood flow.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News senior medical contributor and a practicing OB-GYN, says that if sleep eludes a woman at this point in her pregnancy, exercise can help her feel more relaxed and able to rest.

Avoid working out too close to bedtime, though. That, Ashton said, can rev you up.

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Women Seek Plastic Surgery to Get Kate Middleton’s Nose

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton is an icon of style, grace and beauty, and women have been trying to emulate virtually everything about her.

Her hair, her wedding gown, her engagement dress -- they’ve all been copied by adoring admirers around the world.  But the obsession now goes way beyond fashion.

Some women want the Duchess of Cambridge’s nose.

Jessica Blaier wanted it so badly that right after Middleton’s wedding to Britain’s Prince William in 2011, Blaier carried a photo of the duchess’ face to Dr. Thomas Romo III, director of facial plastic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.  She paid the plastic surgeon $12,000 to have him change her nose to look like Middleton’s.

“Every time she smiled I was like ‘Wow!  I want my nose to be like that,’” the 21-year-old woman told ABC's Good Morning America in an interview that aired on the show Thursday.

Blaier said she’s always felt that her nose was too big for her face, and she hated the way the tip dropped when she smiled.  She said she’s “thrilled” with the results of her procedure.

“I try to get in every picture I can,” she said.  “Her nose is what I modeled with and that’s what I got.  It was definitely a process, but it was so worth it.”

Blaier's not alone in her admiration for Middleton’s nose.  One British cosmetic surgery company claims the duchess’ nose was the most requested procedure they came across last year.

What do women find so appealing about Middleton’s nose? Romo says it has a strong, defined tip, a gentle, feminine swoop on the bridge and a great front-to-back projection.  And it’s perfectly in proportion to her face.

“It’s strong.  It’s a woman’s nose.  It’s not infantile.  It’s not overdone,” Romo said.  “And I don’t think Kate has a nose job.  I think she was just blessed with good genes.”

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Secret to Kate Middleton’s Figure Revealed?

Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton has stolen the spotlight in recent red carpet appearances by showing up in sexier, more daring gowns and sky-high heels that show off her slim, toned figure.

Now British media are reporting they’ve obtained the Duchess of Cambridge’s secrets to staying so fit and toned, and it could be good news for commoners without a royal budget or a royal personal trainer.

Middleton, 30, reportedly stays fit with just a ball and a set of dumbbells for one hour per day.

Calling it the Duchess’s $15 workout for the price of the ball and dumbbells combined, British magazine Now reports that Middleton, the wife of Prince William, 29, trains herself, without the assistance of a trainer or fancy gym.

“Kate does an hour’s workout every morning using the gym ball and dumbbells, which includes some core exercises like squats, sit-ups and arm curls,” a royal source tells the magazine.

Middleton was an athlete in high school and recently showed off her sporty side in a surprise visit to the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, where she took the field and held her own with the British Olympic women’s field hockey team.

The Duchess, whom Now claims is a size 6, has also been spotted staying active by cheering her husband and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, on the polo field and taking the couple’s new dog, Lupo, on long walks.

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Want Pippa Middleton's Butt?

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Pippa Middleton stole the show at the royal wedding of her big sister, Kate, to Prince William. Now she is stealing the hearts of plastic surgery patients everywhere -- or, rather, her rear end is.

The sister-in-law of Britain's apparent future king is the inspiration behind the latest trend in cosmetic surgery, called the "Pippa butt lift."

The name Pippa Middleton held marginal significance until the April 29 wedding of William and Kate, when Middleton, 27, wowed the crowd in a form-fitting bridesmaid dress by Alexander McQueen that left royal wedding watchers asking two things: could her gown have been padded and, if not, how do I get that back?

Facebook groups and blogs dedicated to Pippa's posterior soon popped up, earning Middleton the moniker, "Her Royal Hotness."

Now that plastic surgeons around the world are offering the procedure, patients are flooding in, each of them seeking the same thing: the best royal seat in the house.

"In that wedding gown, she created a stir," Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta told ABC’s Good Morning America. "People want those dimensions."

Mendieta, author of the book The Art of Gluteal Sculping, says 80 percent of his cosmetic work is now butt lifts, with 20 percent of those requests made specifically for achieving Middleton's rear end.

"She's got a nice rump that's not too big," Christina Valdez, a 28-year-old single mother from Miami, told GMA. "Her frame just looked incredible in that dress."

Valdez was so intrigued by Middleton's look that she too became a patient of Mendieta, requesting the "Pippa butt lift."

Valdez says she felt confident the cosmetic benefits of the surgery would outweigh the risks that come associated with any plastic surgery procedure, including, for her own butt lift, having to gain weight because new fat is easier to shape and mold.

"I've always had a little bit of a complex with my stomach and trying to fill in the back side a little more," she said. "I would absolutely love to be able to wear a nice fitted dress and have my waistline back and a nice rump to go with it."

In a surgery that lasted two hours, Mendieta injected fat from Valdez's stomach into her backside in order to slim her waist and contour her rear into perfect Pippa fashion. Six weeks later, despite not being able to sit for long periods of time and knowing there is a chance her rear will shrink in the months to come, Valdez said she is happy.

"I love the results," she said. "It looks beautiful, feels great and I feel sexy."

As for why she did not just turn to padding or different clothes to achieve a similar look, Valdez has a quick answer.

"At the end of the day, the clothes come off," she said. "I want it to be mine and be sexy and not have to worry about stuffing my backside."

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Royal Wedding Fails to Increase Popularity of 'Royal' Baby Names

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- If you thought the royal wedding would inspire new moms and dads to name their babies either William or Kate, you’d be wrong.  Data analyzed by the folks at reveals the two names have actually declined in popularity during the past year.

Researchers compared the popularity of the names in the first three months of 2011 with the first quarter of 2010 and discovered William is down 66 percent and Kate is down 60 percent.  The name of Prince William’s brother, Harry, rose 24 percent while the name of Kate’s sister, Pippa, saw no change in popularity.

In 2010, William was number 23 on the year’s most popular baby names list while Kate was number 93.  Harry was ranked 398 and Pippa was number 2,345.

Linda Murray, global editor-in-chief at, says 36 percent of moms who visit the website say they find name inspiration in famous people and characters, but when a name becomes associated with one specific celebrity, or in this case, with royalty, it declines in popularity or, if already unpopular, remains so.

On the other hand, Murray says while the royal wedding may not trigger a rise in the popularity of the names William and Kate, the names the couple choose for their children will definitely start a trend.

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Is Kate Middleton at an Unhealthy Weight?

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A radiant but wisp-thin Kate Middleton will emerge from the Goring Hotel Friday to take the royal state car -- a 1978 Rolls Royce -- to Westminster Abbey, where she will take her wedding vows.

If the tabloid reports are correct, then Kate Middleton has dropped a significant amount of weight since the announcement of her engagement to Britain's Prince William in November.

While it couldn't be confirmed, British papers said the future queen lost two dress sizes, going from a U.S. size six to a size two.

"Basically, this could be about 10 to 14 or more pounds of weight loss, and not just body fat.  She is lean to begin with, so some of the loss has been lean mass," said Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Losing this amount of weight, however, isn't unhealthy.

"If it took her five months to lose 20 pounds, she lost a pound every 7.5 days.  Safe weight loss recommendations for most folks is no more than one pound per week, so even if she lost 20 pounds, she was within the guidelines for a healthy rate of weight loss," said Carla Wolper, a dietician at the New York Obesity Research Center at St. Luke's Hospital in New York.

While the number of pounds she lost isn't unhealthy, her actual weight could be.  Buckingham Palace has remained mum about how much Middleton weighs or how tall she is, but rumors put her at 5-feet-10 and about 120 pounds.

"At a weight of 120 for 5-foot-10, that puts her at 80 percent of ideal body weight, or definitely underweight," said Bonci.

Royal watchers believe stress is partly to blame for Middleton's shrinking frame.  ABC royal contributor Duncan Larcombe said recently that in each of Middleton's successive official appearances since her engagement, she appeared "thinner and thinner."

"I would imagine she probably can't eat," Larcombe said.

Nutrition experts in the U.S. say the stress is likely a contributing factor, but believe there are other reasons behind her weight loss.

"This appears to be a case of voluntary, go on a diet, quick-fix weight loss," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

But to some experts, it's all part of a very normal pre-marital ritual.

"Almost everyone in the U.S. who is getting married, male or female, unless very slim from the get-go, goes on a diet before their wedding.  Perhaps the Brits do as well," said Wolper.

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'The Dukan Diet': Eat Meat, Lose Weight

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The new diet craze -- the Dukan Diet -- claims dramatic results without requiring dieters to count calories or go hungry.  In fact, the diet is so promising it may be fit for a future queen.

Kate Middleton -- who will marry Britain's Prince William on April 29 -- has lost so much weight, tabloids speculate she's been shrinking not from pre-wedding jitters, but the Dukan Diet.  Buckingham Palace denies the report.

Her mother, Carole Middleton, told a reporter she herself had lost weight on the Dukan Diet.  The plan grew quietly in popularity in France until those comments.  Now, it's one of the world's hottest diets and it's headed for the U.S.

Dukan's bestselling book, The Dukan Diet, is being released across the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday.  The creator of this hot new diet is a mild-mannered French doctor who say's it's not a fad diet.  The soft-spoken nutritionist stumbled onto the high-protein, quick weight loss plan 35 years ago, but it took him decades to perfect his weight loss plan.

Similar to the Atkins diet, the Dukan plan allows dieters to eat meats but puts some limits on other kinds of food.  The Dukan Diet is comprised of four phases.

The attack phase encourages speedy weight loss with nothing but lean protein and Dukan's special ingredient, oat bran culled from the husks -- not rolled oats or oatmeal.

The cruise phase allows the diet to add vegetables, but not starchy potatoes or fatty avocadoes.

The third, or consolidation, phase, is the most critical.  Dieters are allowed to add one serving of fruit and two slices of whole wheat bread per day.

The final phase, called stabilization, last the rest of one's life.  Dieters can eat whatever they want as long as they return to eating only pure protein for one day a week.

There are other requirements.  Each day, dieters must drink six glasses of water, walk for 20 minutes and eat at least one-and-a-half tablespoons of the oat bran.

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