Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, recently gave birth to her second child, Lilibet-Diana. The royal baby arrived on June 4, 2021 at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
During her pregnancy, Markle reportedly was under the guidance of London-based pregnancy guru, Dr Gowri Motha. Dr Motha offered the Duchess support via online means of communication. Motha said, “I can’t deliver babies on Zoom, but I have done one or two on FaceTime and on the telephone. I offer support — often in the build-up, a few days before the actual day. They show me their scans and they want advice from me.”
She had also helped deliver their first child, Archie, at the Portland Hospital, two years ago. Dr Gowri has also helped deliver babies of famous Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Kate Moss.
“I wanted to introduce visualisation techniques, to rehearse the birth in the mother’s mind and to give them confidence,” Motha shared. She includes reflexology, massage, yoga, exercise, reiki, nutrition and supplement advice in her program.
Talking about Meghan’s second delivery, Motha shared, “Second births are always easier. [The parents] have done it before and they are experienced and better prepared.”
“We have a very special post-natal program, similar to what we do in India. In India, every mother will massage their whole body every day for 40 days. You stay indoors and get nourished. For the first two weeks, definitely eat vegetarian food to help your liver detoxify after the birth. Eat kedgeree, rice and mung daal, rice congee, chicken broth and light vegetables — nothing gassy like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. Butternut squash is good and asparagus, too,” Motha shared during an interview.
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