Pippa Middelton's mantra for a Zen-like pregnancy? Meditation

The Duchess of Cambridge suffered a severe form of morning sickness when she was expecting her children, but her sister Pippa Middleton boasts that she is enjoying a Zen-like pregnancy.

The 35-year-old socialite reveals she’s using meditation to cope with the final few weeks before she is due to give birth to her first child.

‘I signed up to a beginners’ meditation class recently to master the tools essential for performing it effectively,’ discloses Pippa.

‘This involved learning to meditate twice daily, ideally for 20 minutes, chanting a mantra, while sitting upright, eyes closed and focused,' Miss Middleton said

‘Our teacher stressed that we should ensure we always make time for this because there’s always an excuse not to,' she added

Pippa Middleton uses meditation to cope with the final weeks of pregnancy before childbirth

‘This involved learning to meditate twice daily, ideally for 20 minutes, chanting a mantra, while sitting upright, eyes closed and focused.

‘Our teacher stressed that we should ensure we always make time for this because there’s always an excuse not to.’

She adds: ‘The idea is that your “meditation window” takes your mind and body into a state of pure rest — better than the kind that sleep could give you. Most importantly, it allows an opportunity to restore and nourish both mind and body.

‘I was sceptical at first — but, after practising this discipline for the past month, I have noticed a huge difference in my mental wellbeing and sense of clarity.’

This is not the first time that Miss Middleton, who lives with her hedge fund manager husband, James Matthews, in a £17 million house in Chelsea, has offered some ‘Pippa tips’ on pregnancy.

Last month, she used her Waitrose & Partners Weekend column to explain that she was trying not to ‘break into a penguin-style waddle’ by using ‘barre-inspired workouts’ that would help ensure her ‘favourite jeans will still fit . . . eventually’.

Pippa — whose bottom won worldwide acclaim at her sister’s to Prince William in 2011 — had previously extolled the benefits of playing tennis while pregnant.

She trilled: ‘It’s possible to play right up until the third trimester . . . Continuing to play has a positive influence and can lead to improved placental growth and good weight management, as well as reducing back pain and strengthening heart and blood vessels.’

Cheeky Alexa steals the show

Model Alexa Chung was not strutting down the catwalk in Paris yesterday — but she still managed to steal the spotlight.

Arriving at the Miu Miu show, the 34-year-old stunned fashionistas in a revealing pair of £1,554 vintage black leather shorts, complete with Western-style studs, made by the Italian designer. Teaming them with a nude jumper, she managed to make her legs look even longer with a pair of patent black heels.

The clothes horse seemed in good spirits as she flashed a smile amid recent reports that her own business Alpha Charlie, which sells her eponymous label online, had ongoing trading losses at £1.5 million.

Figures filed at Companies House reveal she has secured £3.95 million from investors

The clothes horse seemed in good spirits as she flashed a smile amid recent reports that her own fashion business Alpha Charlie, which sells her eponymous label online, had ongoing trading losses at £1.5 million

Figures filed at Companies House reveal she has secured £3.95 million from investors

Arriving at the Miu Miu show, Alexa Chung stunned fashionistas in a revealing pair of £1,554 vintage black leather shorts, complete with Western-style studs, made by the Italian designer. Teaming them with a nude jumper, she managed to make her legs look even longer with a pair of patent black heels

Crown's Claire looks like she hasn't a care   

Actress Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth in the first two series of ’s The Crown, recently revealed she suffers from a long-term anxiety disorder.

Claire, who has a three-year-old daughter, Ivy Rose, with her actor ex-husband Stephen Campbell Moore, whom she divorced this year, has said of her battle: ‘It’s my mind working at a thousand beats a second, and running away with a thought.’

Happily, the 34-year-old — who won an Emmy for her portrait of Her Majesty — seemed to have plenty to smile about as she popped out in London in a comfy pink jumper, stripey skirt and woolly hat, clutching her daughter’s small grey cuddly toy.

Claire Foy, 34 — who won an Emmy for her portrait of Her Majesty — seemed to have plenty to smile about as she popped out in London in a comfy pink jumper, stripey skirt and woolly hat, clutching her daughter’s small grey cuddly toy

Claire Foy, 34 — who won an Emmy for her portrait of Her Majesty — seemed to have plenty to smile

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