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  • Kate Middleton's Difficult Pregnancies Led Her To Hypnobirthing: 'It Was Hugely Powerful'

    The royal mom experienced hyperemesis gravidarum during each pregnancy.
    by Kate Borbon .
Kate Middleton's Difficult Pregnancies Led Her To Hypnobirthing: 'It Was Hugely Powerful'
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  • Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has spent the past years advocating for early childhood development. There have even been times when she opened up about her experiences as the mom of six-year-old Prince George, three-year-old Princess Charlotte, and one-year-old Prince Louis.

    To promote her newest initiative, the “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives” survey, Kate sat down for an interview with Giovanna Fletcher, host of the podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby. Their 34-minute conversation spanned everything from Kate’s childhood to whether she experiences mom guilt to how she approaches parenting.

    One fascinating subject Kate discussed is the difficulties she experienced during her pregnancies. It has been well-documented that she dealt with hyperemesis gravidarum — a condition that causes severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance — during each pregnancy.

    “I got very bad morning sickness, so I’m not the happiest of pregnant people,” she shared, though she also acknowledged that other people “have it far, far worse,” both for her and her loved ones who couldn’t do anything to help her.

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    She continued, “I was really sick — I wasn’t eating the things I should be eating — but yet, the body was still able to take all the goodness from my body and to grow new life, which I think is fascinating.”

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    Kate’s experience with pregnancy — which she described as “utterly rotten” — led her to learn about hypnobirthing, which Mayo Clinic describes as “a birthing method that uses self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help a woman feel physically, mentally and spiritually prepared and reduce her awareness of fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth.”

    According to Parents, the hypnobirthing process utilizes “positive affirmations, suggestions, and visualizations” that can help her relax her body, guide her thoughts, and control her breathing. She may choose to do this by herself or with the help of a hypnotherapist.

    Kate revealed that she didn’t even talk to her husband, Prince William, about wanting to give birth via hypnobirthing. “There’s levels of [hypnobirthing]. I’m not going to say that William was standing there, sort of chanting sweet nothings at me. He definitely wasn’t! I didn’t even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself.”

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    The duchess went on, “I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that — that they teach you in hypnobirthing — when I was really sick and actually I realized that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labor.”

    Hypnobirthing turned out to be a positive experience for Kate. “It was hugely powerful and because it had been so bad during pregnancy, I actually really quite liked labor! Because actually it was an event that I knew there was going to be an ending to!” Still, she acknowledged that the hypnobirthing process might not work for some women.

    If you want to listen to the full podcast, just click here.

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