We were the first to report that Kate Middleton is apparently considering an alternative hypnobirth. Now news has reached Grazia that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken her spiritual pregnancy one step further by taking up regular 'baby' yoga.
It's understood that Kate, who has always been a fitness fan (she is a former hockey captain of Marlborough College, dont you know), has been attending prenatal yoga classes at Kensington Palace to keep in shape. Before finding out she was pregnant 31-year-old Kate was a regular at Chelseas Harbour Club, apparently enjoying running, rowing and playing tennis with her husband, Prince William, 30.
'As soon as Kate found out she was expecting, she adapted her fitness routine' said a source 'Kate wanted to do whatever was healthiest for her baby and yoga ticked all the boxes. She has given up running and rowing, and now does yoga classes in the privacy of her own home with a teacher and is often joined by her mother and sister Pippa.'
While it is unclear who has been teaching Kate, there are whispers among the Chelsea set that it could be UK-based pregnancy specialist school Yoga Bellies. So what exactly does it involve? Prenatal yoga uses proven holistic therapies, practices and yogic techniques to guide mothers-to-be through their pregnancy. It can be practiced in all three trimesters and focuses on poses that strengthen and increase the flexibility of the muscles used during childbirth. Benefits are said to include stress relief and preparing the mother for childbirth.
'Kate has really enjoyed yoga and it is great preparation for her plans for a natural birth' said a source 'she has combined it with regular swims and Kate says she feels great.' Kate has not had the easiest of pregnancies, in the first trimester she was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum - a severe form of morning sickness. 'Kate says her yoga lessons have helped her feel less stressed as the due date approaches'
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