The world’s most famous bridesmaid has confirmed her pregnancy, and unlike her sister the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton has explained that she was one of the lucky few who did not suffer any morning sickness or vomiting.
While nausea or vomiting will affect 70-80% of expectant mothers to at least some degree, just one in 100-150 will suffer the extreme sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum that Kate Middleton experienced on each of her three pregnancies. Pippa explained in her column for Waitrose Kitchen that she luckily bypassed any sickness, meaning she could “carry on as normal”.
Where she did have to make adjustments was with her very regular gym sessions. “When I learned the happy news that I was pregnant I realised I needed to adjust my 4 to 5-day-a-week routine.” She also revealed that she kept her pregnancy a secret from her gym instructor until the “riskier months” were over.
Yet she has kept fitness as an integral part of her pregnancy. “I’ve noticed my body change, but through exercise I feel it’s being strengthened,” she wrote. “I’m fanatical about sport and have looked at loads of books and websites on exercise during pregnancy, but have been disappointed by the limited technical information what you can and can’t do.”
This lack of information, or indeed abundance of conflicting advice, is an issue for many mothers who turn online to get the answers their doctors may not have, only to emerge more confused than ever.
“This being my first pregnancy, I had so many questions I felt were still unanswered,” said Pippa. “I wanted to know things like, would I strain if I served in tennis, are strokes of swimming safe, can I still do a normal yoga class if I avoided certain positions? Could I still work my abs?”
Did you continue your fitness regime in pregnancy? Were you lucky enough to avoid the dreaded morning sickness or did you suffer like Kate from hyperemesis gravidarum? Share your story with us!