There’s A Real Good Reason Meghan Markle Keeps Cradling Her Baby Bump

by | Dec 14, 2018

Unless you’ve been doing a digi detox for the last 61 days straight (unlikely… it is 2018, after all) you’ll have seen at least one photo of Meghan Markle cradling her blessed baby bump. If not, let us enlighten you:

Here she is during her recent tour down under, her hand hovering gently over her stomach.

Here she is again at a state dinner in Fiji, fingers linked, resting across her bloated belly.

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And – pause for effect – here she is once more on stage at the British Fashion Awards, cupping the little baked bean top and bottom.

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But directly after the aforementioned event, the 37-year-old found herself in the firing line. Hundreds took to Twitter to question her motives for touching the future royal so much.

Despite the fact that it’s actually nobody else’s business how a woman chooses to interact with her own body, experts say there’s a legit reason why Meghan subconsciously caresses her belly. In fact, it’s a common phenomenon among mums-to-be and it has a name: ‘cradling.’

“It’s a positive thing for both mum and baby to touch and reassure baby, which is vital for baby’s bonding and wellbeing, staving off postnatal depression and facilitating healthy connection for all,” Katherine Graves, founder of KG Hypnobirthing told the Daily Mail.

“It’s been shown time and time again that babies recognise what they have experienced in the womb after they are born. If touching her bump does nothing more than make Meghan feel calm, even that will have a profound effect on her baby.”

So there you have it; haters, give the girl a break!  

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As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

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