The Health Reason That Led To Kylie Jenner Keeping Her Pregnancy Secret

The Health Reason That Led To Kylie Jenner Keeping Her Pregnancy Secret

Unless you’ve kept well away from social media/news outlets/the Internet for the past 48 hours, you’d know that the youngest Kardashian/Jenner sibling just gave birth to her first child (courtesy of her baby daddy, rapper Travis Scott). Yup, after months of being mysteriously MIA, Kylie took to Instagram yesterday to share the exciting news and […]

by | Feb 6, 2018

Unless you’ve kept well away from social media/news outlets/the Internet for the past 48 hours, you’d know that the youngest Kardashian/Jenner sibling just gave birth to her first child (courtesy of her baby daddy, rapper Travis Scott).

Yup, after months of being mysteriously MIA, Kylie took to Instagram yesterday to share the exciting news and explain why she’d keep her 100+mill fans “in the dark” throughout her pregnancy. 

“My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world,” she wrote. 

“I knew for myself I needed to prepare this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress-free and healthy way I knew how.”

“I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.” 

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Despite this reasoning, sceptics are crediting the announcement (which conveniently coincided with Super Bowl Sunday) as the genius of momager Kris Jenner – who’s infamous for her strategic marketing skills.

But whether it was pressure from the fam or simply her own motherly intuition, one thing is for certain: Kylie’s explanation is totally on the money.

Research conducted by the University of Zurich states that, “when stressed, the human body releases hormones to handle the higher stress, such as the so-called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which results in an increase in stress hormone cortisol. This mechanism also persists during pregnancy, and the placenta, which supplies the fetus with nutrients, can also emit stress hormone CRH. As a result, a small amount of this hormone enters the amniotic and fetal metabolism.” 

Not only can ongoing exposure to stress negatively impact both the physical and emotional well-being of mums (and make them more at risk of post-natal depression), but it can seriously affect the unborn baby’s development. Studies suggest it makes them more sensitive to stress once outside the womb, causing their brains to be more susceptible to anxiety and worry later on in life.

So, while Kylie may have gone to extreme measures to keep her pregnancy private, we have to give her props for being proactive when it comes to all things health.

You can check out the adorable video she dedicated to the newborn here.

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 

Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?