BBC NEWS AMERICA Kate says ‘amazing granny’ inspires her parenting

BBC NEWS AMERICA Kate says ‘amazing granny’ inspires her parenting


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The duchess appeared on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast

The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed she used hypnobirthing techniques of mindfulness and meditation to overcome severe morning sickness.Catherine suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting, during her pregnancies.In her first podcast interview, she said the illness meant she was “not the happiest of pregnant people”.However, she said after trying everything to overcome it she realised the importance of “mind over the body”.The duchess joked: “I’m not going to say that William was standing there sort of, chanting sweet nothings at me. “He definitely wasn’t. I didn’t even ask him about it, but it was just something I wanted to do for myself.”I saw the power of it really, the meditation and the deep breathing and things like that, that they teach you in hypnobirthing, when I was really sick, and actually I realised that this was something I could take control of, I suppose, during labour. It was hugely powerful.”Speaking on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Catherine told author and host Giovanna Fletcher that the Five Big Questions On The Under Fives survey she has launched aims to ask people “what is it that matters for them in raising their children today.””I had an amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us,” she said.”And I try and incorporate a lot of the experiences that she gave us at the time into the experiences that I give my children now.”

AnalysisBy Daniela Relph, royal correspondentThese are some of the most open and candid words we’ve heard from the Duchess of Cambridge.She speaks personally about her childhood and reflects on the value of her stable upbringing.There are many insights into her own experience of pregnancy and motherhood that many will recognise.She shares the misery of extreme morning sickness, the power of hypnobirthing, the uncertainty of those early days with a new baby and the guilt of working and relying on others to help you.She also describes how she felt in the moments before facing the world’s media outside the hospital just a day after giving birth and holding a newborn Prince George in her arms.She said it was terrifying.It’s clear the Duchess felt comfortable speaking to the podcast host, Giovanna Fletcher. That ease comes from the fact this area is now a real priority for Catherine. Her royal work has a sharp focus on family and specifically early intervention – helping vulne
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