Pregnancy news, 03/11/2017
After falling ill with severe morning sickness earlier in her pregnancy, we were delighted to see Kate well enough to attend two royal engagements this week. One of which is very close to our hearts.
On Tuesday, she showed us she’s recovering well by taking part in a tennis coaching session with Tennis for Kids. As a Wimbledon regular and a patron of the Lawn Tennis Association, it’s clear Kate loves the sport and it's great to see her practising her swing while pregnant.
Whether you’re a runner, walker or swimmer, continuing with your exercise routine throughout pregnancy is beneficial for so many reasons.
If, like Kate and Serena, you were already active before your pregnancy, we very much encourage you to maintain your level of fitness doing whatever activity you’re used to.
Read more about exercise in pregnancy.
On Wednesday, Kate hosted a roundtable discussion on maternal mental health at Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace shared a photo from the event and tweeted,
‘The Duchess is keen to develop an understanding of the issues surrounding maternal mental health, and to learn what support is available.
At least 20% of women are affected by mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child.
If left untreated, maternal mental health problems can have significant and long lasting effect on the woman and her family.
The Duchess has spoken about the importance of having open conversations about maternal health, and the impact this can have on family.’
We’re so pleased to see Kate raising awareness of maternal mental health.
She touched upon her own struggles while speaking with other mothers earlier this year.
'It is lonely at times and you do feel quite isolated, but actually so many other mothers are going through exactly what you are going through.’
'It is being brave enough, like you obviously were, to reach out to those around you.'
We couldn’t agree more, and would always encourage mums and mums-to-be to talk to someone if they are experiencing emotional challenges.
Read more about mental wellbeing in pregnancy.
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Many people find it helps to set exercise goals to help them stay fit during pregnancy.
Today we are highlighting our support for the worldwide initiative to raise awareness of pre-eclampsia and its global impact on the lives of mothers, babies and families.
The NHS has announced it is doubling funding to £40 million this year to improve maternity services and to ensure women have the same midwife through their pregnancy.
Catherine shares her experience of postpartum depression and being part of the BBC documentary ‘Mothers on the Edge’.
Tommy’s Midwifery Manager, Kate Pinney, praises tonight’s BBC documentary ‘Mothers on the Edge’ for highlighting the difficult issues for women experiencing and recovering from postpartum psychosis.