This just in! Meghan Markle is officially sporting a "mummy" necklace. You know what this means, just in case her third-trimester bump didn't give it away: The Duchess of Sussex is going to be a mother any day now. Probably sometime in April, in fact. So — just a casual question — what are her plans for birthing, and what will her parenting philosophy be? We might have a little insight on that.
First, let's talk about the alleged birth plan. Vanity Fair has it that the royal mummy is leaning toward a natural delivery. That means she'll likely rely on acupuncture instead of an epidural, and she might also attempt hypnobirthing. (It's said that Kate Middleton also used this practice, which uses hypnosis and breathing techniques to ward off labor pains.) This makes sense, given that Markle's mother Doria Ragland is a yoga teacher.
A source told Vanity Fair, “Meghan has been having regular acupuncture sessions to help her unwind and relax. It’s brilliant for the blood circulation and boosting blood flow to the uterus. She plans to use acupuncture right up to her due date.”
A second source added, "Meg wants a natural birth if she can have one. Her mother is very into anything that is holistic and natural, and having been brought up with yoga and mindfulness, it’s all very much part of Meghan’s birth plan." The royal couple is also said to have hired a doula.
And after the little one arrives? His or her upbringing is not going to mirror cousins Charlotte, George, and Louis' upbringing. Since the little one won't have quite as high a ranking in the royal family or be anywhere near as likely to ascend to the throne, the nursery will be set up at Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle, instead of at Kensington Palace. (Don't worry: We're sure there will still be a very plush bassinet.)
In general, it's thought that the baby will have an upbringing similar to another cousin's, Zara Tindall. The babe will enjoy the perks of being a royal, but not have quite so much responsibility to uphold the royal image. Sounds like a win-win to us.
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