This Is How Meghan Markle Is Staying in Shape After Baby Archie’s Birth

Meghan Markle isn’t stressed about getting her pre-baby body back following the birth of Baby Archie in May. Royal reporter Katie Nicholl told ET that the first-time mom is easing back into her workout routine since welcoming her son with Prince Harry. It’s all part of her holistic approach to health, wellness, and self-care.

She isn’t hitting the gym

Fitness has always been a big part of the Duchess of Sussex’s life. In the past, she’s talked about running and doing trainer Tracy Anderson’s DVD workouts. But after having a baby, she’s reportedly taking things relatively slow.

“Before she fell pregnant, you know, Meghan was very fit,” Nicholl said. “She was very into her fitness regime. She used to run around the park in Kensington, but she has been taking it easy. And I hear that yoga is very much on her post-birth fitness regime — nothing too strenuous.”

Nicholl called the Duchess’s approach to postpartum fitness “holistic” and “gentle.” Aside from yoga, she is said to be doing plenty of walking but not any workouts involving intense training or weights.

“It’s been a natural embracing of motherhood, and with that has come a pretty gentle routine. … Meghan hasn’t been hitting the gym,” the royal expert explained. “She hasn’t been in any hurry to get back in shape. It’s only four weeks really since the birth and she’s been taking that exercise regime very gently, indeed.”

It’s not surprising that she’s embracing yoga post-baby

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Baby Archie
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

It’s no surprise that Markle would embrace yoga following her pregnancy. After all, her own mother Doria Ragland is a yoga instructor. And the Duchess has spoken enthusiastically about her own yoga practice.

“Yoga is my thing. My mom is a yoga instructor and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven,” the former Suits star told Best Health. “I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, ‘Flower [her nickname], you will find your practice — just give it time.’ In college, I started doing it more regularly.”

Markle is apparently still following Doria’s lead. She’s taking up postpartum yoga and baby yoga just like her mom did after her own birth. Of course, Baby Archie is a bit too young for a downward dog pose, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the American-born royal eventually has her son doing sun salutations.

She has plenty of time to ease back into her routine

Meghan Markle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

It sounds like the Duchess is being smart about easing back into working out after giving birth. While the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that it’s OK for most women who’ve had uncomplicated vaginal births to start exercising a few days after delivery (or whenever they feel ready), they suggest starting with simple exercises and gradually adding in more moderate- or vigorous-intensity exercise.  

Markle is also currently on maternity leave from her royal duties, giving her plenty of time to find a post-baby fitness routine that works for her. She’s expected to return to work sometime in the fall with a family trip with Harry and Archie to Africa.

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