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