Posts Tagged ‘born’

Pregnancy yoga is a stress buster.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

A study from the universities of Newcastle and Manchester has found that Yoga can cut the risk of stress in pregnant women.

The study, thought to be the first of its kind,  followed 59 women in their first pregnancy. Divided into two groups,  they were assigned either an eight-week course of yoga or “treatment as usual”.

The 31 women in the yoga group took one session of hatha yoga every week. This is a gentle, basic, slow-paced stretching class with simple breathing exercises and seated meditation. Before the first session, they were asked to measure their general mood on a scale where more than 39 meant “high anxiety”. After the first week, their average score had fallen from 37 to 25. Their levels of the stress hormone cortisol also went down, by 14 per cent.

As  Antenatal stress has been linked to premature birth and developmental problems after the baby is born, it has been suggested that free yoga classes on the NHS for mothers-to-be would help reduce the costs of longer-term healthcare for the women and babies.

Royal baby bump watch is a growing phenomenon

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Daily Mail newspaper is running ‘Bump Watch’, ‘Now’ magazine has a Royal Bumpwatch and even Harper’s Bazaar is running a weekly Royal Babywatch – is this the shape of things to come?! With fewer than three months to the mid-July arrival of the royal baby, the august institution that is the British Press have turned their collective attention to the size of Kate’s bump. Expect more and more inches to be devoted to the Duchess of Cambridge’s tummy size over the coming weeks! I’m sure the experts will expand on the subject of the bump with speculation about whether Catherine is carrying to the front or all around, and if this means we can expect a baby boy or girl to arrive in the summer.

Being pregnant can be a tricky time, because obviously having a growing baby within is a personal event, but your visible bump can make it a public event- people you barely know want to touch your tummy, and they come out with the most bizarre and sometimes deeply unhelpful comments (in my case, at a Christmas ‘do’ a week and a half before my due date (and just 7 days before Chiglet was actually born) “good grief, haven’t you had that baby yet?” Er, no- or else I wouldn’t be standing amidst a partying group of glamorious Air Hostesses looking like a whale!).

So I can only image what it must be like to live out a pregnancy in front of the full glare of the world’s media. Hang in there Kate!