There’s no denying the Duchess of Cambridge looked glorious during her three pregnancies (despite suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum AKA extreme sickness) and it turns out the royal had a secret up her sleeve for staying in shape while she was pregnant.
The Duchess reportedly prepared for the birth of Prince George in 2013 with prenatal yoga sessions, carrying on her practice once her son arrived. Testament to her love of the practice, Duchess Catherine also invited a yoga instructor from the island of Mustique to her 2011 wedding, and reportedly incorporates yoga into her lifestyle to wind down and promote core strength.
Meghan Markle is a fan of yoga too; she had a yoga studio installed at Frogmore Cottage after beginning the hobby when she was a child and does baby and me yoga with Archie. Duchess Catherine, who loves tennis and rowing and has been photographed playing rugby, reportedly exercised throughout her pregnancy. She is said to have hired a personal trainer to keep her in shape while she was expecting, swapping harder workouts in favour of gentler activities like yoga and walking her dog Lupo.
Kate might have noticed some changes in her yoga sessions, says Hollie Grant of Pilates PT, whose The Bump Plan exercise programme was created especially for pregnant people. “In a prenatal yoga class, there may be less of an emphasis on pushing yourself to your limit.
“In prenatal yoga, you may also spend more time focussing on breathwork (really helpful during pregnancy), and more time on mindfulness. Some of the inversions may not be suitable during pregnancy and lying on your back or front might be removed for the session.”