Melissa Rycroft Strickland has had a strange turn in the reality TV spotlight. The Bachelor Season 13 initial winner/eventual loser bounced back quickly from Jason Mesnick’s surprising decision to let her go, weeks after proposing. These days, she and husband Tye Strickland have a beautiful relationship, which includes 2-year-old daughter Ava Grace, and everything seems to have come out roses in her life.

And considering the way she manages her career in the spotlight (Melissa also won Dancing With The Stars in November 2012) and her family, she had some advice to pass on to pregnant Kim Kardashian and other celebrity soon-to-be moms.

"You just have to hold on,” Mel tells Us Weekly. You read every book to find out what's going to happen...but once it happens to you, it turns your life completely upside down."  You know, kind of like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Melissa is enjoying Ava’s toddler years and is looking forward to watching her beautiful girl continue to grow up, but she’s not unaware of how obnoxious kids can be. "You'll have those days where you go, 'This too shall pass! We will get beyond this stage.' But at the end of the day, just to have a healthy little one is such a blessing and we're lucky."

So, to recap, Kim and pregnant Kate Middleton should keep a couple things in mind: Buck up, enjoy, move on. Noted.

Source: Us Weekly