Expert Reaction: Meghan Markle and pregnancy body image

pregnant
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

An expert in body image at the University of York comments on the pressures and anxiety that pregnant women and new mothers can experience, following the first interview with the Duchess of Sussex since giving birth.

Dr. Catherine Preston, an expert in at the University of York's Department of Psychology, said: "Women are under constant pressure about their appearance and unfortunately during pregnancy and after birth is no exception."

"We are often expected to be glowing mothers-to-be and new mothers, unfazed by rapid and dramatic physical and psychological changes that women endure at this time."

"However, women's experience of their body before and after birth is often overlooked, despite research indicating that it can have a negative impact on both maternal and infant wellbeing."

"The attention and criticism on the Duchess of Sussex highlights this issue; more should be done to protect women at this time and help them to enter motherhood positively without placed upon them and their physical appearance."

Credit: University of York

Explore further

This is what postnatal depression really feels like

Provided by University of York
Citation: Expert Reaction: Meghan Markle and pregnancy body image (2019, May 9) retrieved 12 December 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-05-expert-reaction-meghan-markle-pregnancy.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments