MEGHAN Markle cannot seem to keep her hands away from her baby bump in public and experts have revealed why.
Various experts including a psychologist and a body language expert have revealed whether the Duchess of Sussex’s constant cradling is down to pride, biology, acting or bonding. Hypnobirthing expert Katharine Graves said it is biological. She told The Mail on Sunday cradling a bump is natural for Meghan to do from a “biological perspective”.
She explained some women are more drawn to touching their babies because it produces the hormone oxytocin which is known as “the bonding hormone”.
She said: “Placing your hands on your bump comforts the baby, comforts you, and helps create the optimum conditions for labour.”
Body language expert Judi James explained why it’s natural for the Duchess of Sussex to hold her baby bump, according to The Sun.
She said: ”It is perfectly natural and even therapeutic for women to hold their bumps when pregnant.
“Throughout pregnancy there is a two-way communication going on between mother and baby, and babies respond to touch and stroking.
“It is also known that the mother’s natural hormones affect the baby, so the baby is benefiting from these positive hormones too.”
Psychologist Julianne Boutaleb described how Meghan’s body language towards her bump “indicates a good attachment to the unborn baby”.
She said: “I work with a lot of women who struggle to develop a bond with their child, whether due to difficulty conceiving, miscarriage, or birth trauma.
“But a woman who is cradling her bump is showing that she’s very engaged, both emotionally and physically, with her unborn child.”
Paediatrician Tamara Bugembe described touching the bump can help the baby’s development.
She said: “Meghan may not know it, but her constant stroking and rubbing is helping develop the baby’s coordination and movements.”
Royal author Katie Nicholl stated Meghan’s bump cradling is “second nature”.
She said: “I think she genuinely feels a connection with what Harry calls ‘our little bump’ and cradling her tummy is instinctive and protective.
“Even when she’s wearing a coat, Meghan flicks it to one side so her tummy is on show.”
However, acting coach Dee Cannon thinks the Duchess of Sussex is just acting.
She said: “Cradling the bump is not really something you’d ask an actor to do – it’s such a demonstrative gesture that it could be seen as a cliche.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK