Kate Middleton candidly discusses her parenting struggles in rare interview

This royal is getting candid about parenthood. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, opened up about her pregnancies and motherhood journey in a new episode on the "Happy Mum, Happy Baby" podcast, which dropped on Saturday, Feb. 15.

In the nearly 35-minute conversation, the former Kate Middleton spoke to host Giovanna Fletcher about a range of topics, including parenting guilt, difficulties during pregnancy, why she did hypnobirthing and more.

While Middleton has come to realize, "it's not totally my responsibility to do everything," she admitted that she "absolutely" experiences mom guilt "all the time." "I think anyone who doesn't, as a mother, is actually lying," she said with a laugh.

Through talking to other mothers, midwives, and even scientists, Middleton — who's the mother to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — has learned a ton, including how a mother's emotional well-being, not just her physical health, can impact a baby's development.

"What I've learned over the last few years, it's so fascinating," the 38-year-old said. "And I definitely would have done things differently, even during my pregnancy, than I would've done now knowing the importance of the early years."

That emphasis on the early years is the focus of Middleton's U.K.-wide survey called "5 Big Questions on the Under Fives," which she promoted on the podcast. It's an anonymous survey which she hopes will start a larger conversation about parenting challenges to find solutions and ensure a better future for the next generation.

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Prince William holds Prince George as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives him a toy during a visit to the Bilby Enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY)
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leave the chapel with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis after Prince Louis's christening in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Britain, July 9, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London for the christening of their brother, Prince Louis, who is being carried by their mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on July 09, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with their newborn baby son Louis Arthur Charles as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary's Hospital in London London, Monday, April 23, 2018.
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge (R), his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (L), Prince George (2nd R) and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, near Bucklebury in southern England, Britain, December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Matthews/Pool
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William, watch a flypast as they stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horseguards Parade in central London, Britain June 11, 2016. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Britain's Prince William returns with his son George to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, after the birth of his daughter in London, Britain May 2, 2015. Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a daughter, the couple's residence Kensington Palace announced on Saturday. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, July 2, 2014. Prince George celebrates his first birthday on July 22. Picture taken July 2, 2014. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George as they prepare to board a plane with her husband Prince William (not pictured) to depart Canberra April 25, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son Prince George. REUTERS/Phil Noble (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Britain's Prince William, watch as their son Prince George looks at an Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young Prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George during a Plunket nurse and parents' group event at Government House in Wellington April 9, 2014. Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides care for children and families in New Zealand. Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Marty Melville/Pool (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George after disembarking with her husband, Britain's Prince William, from their plane after arriving in Wellington April 7, 2014. The Prince and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Phil Noble (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge appear on the balcony during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Reflecting on her own three pregnancies, the duchess shared, "I got very bad morning sickness, so I'm not the happiest of pregnant people." Though she acknowledged that "a lot of people have it far worse," it was still "definitely a challenge" for her and her loved ones, since she felt "utterly rotten."

She's not exaggerating either — Middleton suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "occurs when there is severe, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy — more extreme than 'morning sickness.'" The condition can lead to weight loss and dehydration.

It's because of the condition that Middleton opted for hypnobirthing, explaining, "It was through hyperemesis that I really realized the power of the mind over the body, because I really had to try everything and everything to try to help me through it." According to "Parents.com", hypnobirthing is "is a childbirth education course that emphasizes natural childbirth and teaches self-hypnosis techniques to combat fear and pain during labor."

Expanding on her experience, Middleton clarified, "There's levels of it. I'm not going to say that William was standing there, sort of chanting sweet nothings at me. He definitely wasn't... It was just something I wanted to do for myself. I saw the power of it."

Whether meditation or deep breathing, Middleton was able to use hypnobirthing techniques when she felt sick. "I realized that this was something that I could take control of, I suppose, during labor. It was hugely powerful," she added. Because her pregnancies were so difficult, she also said, "I actually quite liked labor," since an end was in sight.

Despite any difficulties along the way, Middleton gushed about how "extraordinary" the human body is and how "amazing" it was the first time she held baby George, who she actually didn't know was going to be a boy. "It was a surprise," she said, recalling the "pure joy" on her husband Prince William's face.

That bliss was soon met with stress, though. Middleton admitted it was "slightly terrifying" that soon after giving birth, she had to go do the royal photo call on the hospital steps. "Everyone had been so supportive. Both William and I were really conscious that this was sort of something that everyone was excited about and we're hugely grateful for the support that the public has shown us." While they wanted to share that joy with the world, that excitement was "coupled with a newborn baby and inexperienced parents and the uncertainty about what that held."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn son speak to the media before departing the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge carries his newborn son as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to the media shortly before departing the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and their newborn son on July 23, 2013 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carrying her newborn son waves as she departs the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on July 23, 2013 in London, England. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge' new-born baby boy seen in a car seat outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media, standing on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince William (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holds his newborn son as he departs The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge show their new-born baby boy to the world's media, on the steps outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. The baby was born on Monday afternoon weighing eight pounds six ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). The baby, titled His Royal Highness, Prince (name) of Cambridge, is directly in line to inherit the throne after Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir, and his eldest son William. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge holds his newborn son as he departs The Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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The duchess described that July 2013 day as "a bit of a blur" with "mixed emotions." She stayed in the hospital overnight and thunderstorms prevented her from sleeping well. "I was keen to just get home, because for me... I had all the memories of being in the hospital because of being sick, so it wasn't the place I wanted to hang around in, so I was really desperate to get home and get back to normality," she said.

Middleton said she "totally underestimated the impact and the change it had on our lives from that moment" on. Ultimately, they were just figuring things out as they went along, and when host Fletcher praised how seamlessly Prince William put baby George in the car for the first time, Middleton said, "He probably didn't think so at the time." She recalled amidst laughs, "We'd even tried to practice with a little baby, like a little doll... but you know, it just never works out the way you planned it, so it was quite hard to do that on the world's stage."

No matter how many experts or parents she has spoken to, Middleton made sure to mention: "No pregnancy is the same. No birth is the same." The idea that parents put pressure on themselves to have things play out a certain way, leading to disappointment and guilt, is another topic they discussed.

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UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital with their first baby son, Prince William (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with newborn son baby Prince William at St Mary's hospital, London in June 1982. Photo. Anwar Hussein
21st JUNE : On this day in 1982 Prince William was born. The Prince and Princess of Wales leaving the Lindo Wing, at St. Mary's Hospital after the birth of their baby son, Prince William.
LONDON - JUNE 22: New born Prince William with Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles leave St. Mary's hospital on June 22, 1982 in Paddington, London, England. He was born in the Lindo Wing of the hospital, the day before, June 21.(Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave St. Mary's Hospital in London with baby Prince William on June 22, 1982. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital following the birth of Prince Harry on September 17, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 16: Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles with new born Prince Harry, leave St.Mary's Hospital on September 16, 1984 in Paddington, London. Diana wore an oufit designed by Jan Van Velden. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Diana, Princess of Wales leaves the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital following the birth of Prince Harry on September 17, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Prince Charles & Princess Diana With The Newly Born Prince Henry (harry) Outside The Lindo Wing. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 17: Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital following the birth of Prince Harry on September 17, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 16: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William, accompanied by nanny Barbara Barnes, waves as he leaves St Mary's Hospital after visiting his newborn brother, Prince Harry, on September 16, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 16: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William leaves St Mary's Hospital after visiting his newborn brother, Prince Harry, on September 16, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital before leaving with Prince William, in central London July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS/John Stillwell/POOL (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, on Monday afternoon, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. REUTERS/John Stillwell/pool
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave with their baby daughter from the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a girl on Saturday, the couple's second child and a sister to one-year-old Prince George. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new baby boy in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with their new born baby boy on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy at 11.01 BST, weighing 8lb 7oz. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
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When it comes to combating parenting pressures, simplicity is key. "Life now is so busy, so distracting, and actually sometimes the simple things like watching a fire on a really rainy day provide such enjoyment," said Middleton, who recalled enjoying easy activities, like going for walks with her parents, as a kid.

"It's the simple things that really make a difference," she said. "It's spending quality time with your children. It's not whether you've done every single drop-off and every single pick-up, but actually it's those quality moments that you spend with your child where you're actually properly listening to them." Middleton tries to do exactly that with George, Charlotte and Louis.

At the end of the day, Middleton knows there's power in people coming together.

"No matter what walk of life you've come from, there's so many things that really unify parents and families in their struggles, but also in their aspirations too," she said. Through the podcast and her survey, the duchess is doing her best to listen to other parents and conquer any challenges together.

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