Planned Homebirth to Emergency C-Section: Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of my daughter’s birth story, read it here to get caught up! Tuesday August 11th In Part 1, I left off when we were leaving to the hospital. The midwife thought there was meconium when she checked me for dilation and recommended we head to hospital. We grabbed our previously packed…

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Planned Homebirth to Emergency C-Section: Part 1

My daughter’s name is Steele. Her birth was something I was very much looking forward to (I’m serious). I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t fearful of the pain, of what could happen, etc, etc. I have been lucky enough to hear TONS of birth stories through my postnatal clients, and hear a huge range of experiences…

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Postpartum Diastasis Recti Assessment #3

This is it! My third and final postpartum diastasis recti assessment. I’m now 8 weeks post-pregnancy. It’s funny…such a short time, but also feels like it’s been a lot longer, too. Like being pregnant was a lifetime ago, but I also know that my body is still in recovery mode even though it’s feeling quite…

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Postpartum Diastasis Recti Assessment #2

I filmed my second postpartum diastasis recti assessment, so you can see exactly what’s happening so far. I did this check at 5-weeks postpartum. My first assessment was at 3-weeks postpartum. You can watch that video and read the recap of how things were doing at that point HERE. Alright, here we go! My diastasis…

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Postpartum Diastasis Recti Assessment #1

One of my goals in training my pregnant and postpartum clients is to make Diastasis Recti less scary. At the same time, I want you to be well educated and understand the workings of diastasis so we don’t aggravate issues and so we can heal the abdominals well after pregnancy. No Fear + Better Education…

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What do Postpartum Bodies Really Look Like?

6 years ago I was working on a project for my Masters degree. I was writing and presenting about body image after-baby. I needed photos of postpartum bellies. When I googled “postpartum belly” images I primarily found celebrity bodies. All from sites with commentary about how these women had got their abs back in 6…

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End of Pregnancy Workouts

Whew, mama! I am now nearing the END of the 3rd trimester. I’m 37+ weeks pregnant at this point. How did this happen? 😉 Throughout the 3rd trimester I’ve been experiencing some definite changes. First, I’ve really been feeling growth spurt weeks. For about a week at a time I’ll be extremely nauseous, tired, HUNGRY, and feel…

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Does Everyone Get Diastasis Recti in Pregnancy?

• Can you fully avoid Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) in pregnancy? • Does everyone end up with some degree of abdominal separation? • Or, is it possible to NOT get diastasis at all in pregnancy? My personal diastasis mantra is this: We prevent the severity of DRA in pregnancy and we heal it well after.…

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Beautiful Bellies: Part 2

This Beautiful Bellies series (if you missed Part 1, see the photos here) has been inspired by my friend, Jayleen. Jay and I are just days apart in our pregnancies. We were chatting about the media frenzy surrounding model Sarah Stage, who had visible abs throughout her pregnancy. People were up. in. arms. Accusing her of having…

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Beautiful Bellies – Part 1

  Pregnant bellies have a unique beauty to them because we know that there is a baby growing inside the body. The fact that the body can even allow this to happen is so incredible. Pregnant bellies are beautiful. In many and any shape. In many and any size. If you’re pregnant now, I want…

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