Meghan Markle Officially Has The Healthiest Pregnancy Craving On Earth

by | Feb 4, 2019

Meghan Markle and yoga go together like PB&J, so it’s totally fitting that the practice is one of her pregnancy cravings.

Meghan and Prince Harry spoke to well-wishers in Bristol on Friday, and she stopped to chat with a fellow yoga fan in the crowd. “What kind of yoga do you do?” she asked, per People. “It works for the mind and body, it’s so key. A nice practice would be so fantastic right now.”

This isn’t the first time Meghan has talked yoga with a fan. During her tour of Australia back in October, the Duchess told a woman that she woke up at 4:30 a.m. to do yoga in her room because she couldn’t sleep. Ommm.

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Meghan was first introduced to yoga by her mum, Doria Ragland, but she’s said she was “very resistant” to doing yoga as a kid, even though her mum kept encouraging her to try again. “She said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice–just give it time,’” Meghan previously said. “In college, I started doing it more regularly.”

Meghan’s trainer of three years, Craig McNamee, previously told Women’s Health that they often “take into account any yoga postures she was trying to improve and focus our efforts in those areas.”

One of those workouts might include boxing in the future since Meghan was just gifted a pair of super-sweet personalised boxing gloves while visiting a charity that helps young adults through the sport:

According to People, the couple is adding a yoga studio to the home they’re renovating in Windsor so Meghan can get her yoga on anytime she wants. Even 4:30 a.m.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health US. 

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It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

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.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.