8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

The difference between these two? One year. Our bodies change DRASTICALLY when we have babies (DUH) but I have found that the shift within our MINDS can be even more significant. Just in case you're anywhere near where I was 3 months ago, don't YOU DARE settle for "I guess this is just how I am now." (As in cranky, tired, apathetic, giving up on myself, did I mention irritable?) HIDING behind cozy flannels, behind my exhaustion, behind my excuses was quickly becoming my new MO. GOODNESS, the shift did NOT happen all at once, but it DID take ONE simple but CLEAR "I need something to CHANGE" moment. That made THE difference for me. Start with nourishing food. Or start with empowering workouts. Or begin with a gratitude journal. WHEREVER you start, just make sure you begin. Because, life is too short, a year passes in a flash and the truth is: you DESERVE to feel your best. No matter what. YOUR BEST might not mean feeling comfy in...
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Intentional birth

Intentional birth

Just 12 weeks and 1 day ago right around this time a full day and a half had passed since my water broke. Acupuncture had unmistakably put me into active labor around 5PM and yet the night took many twists and turns before I finally got to meet my baby boy 10 hours later (and 46 hours after my water broke). Intuition drew me towards our birth team and intuition is who I have to thank for the intentional uninterrupted birth of our healthy baby boy. The twists and turns could have led us in many different possibly scary directions given a different type of care team. Crunchy hypnobirthing education midwife nurses yoga-centered doulas and water birth hopes are not for everyone. To be honest each of those elements were cherries on top to what I REALLY wanted. I wanted a team who would encourage me to trust my body. I wanted everyone in the room to have a holistic big picture...
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6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

6-weeks postpartum – the new beginning

Alright, Team NO Judgment if you continue to read. Deal? I hated being pregnant. Yes, OF COURSE it was worth it - OF COURSE. But we have the option to own or truth despite the highlight reel on social media and my truth is: growing this sweet peanut drained me mentally, emotionally and physically more than any other phase of life. So, this isn't about a "before and after." It's about the freaking journey. 40 weeks pregnant vs. 6 weeks post-Max TODAY I feel squishier and much weaker than I've been in a long time (just being real) BUT then I remind myself: You birthed a (pretty sizable) human being. You (somehow) feel energized again, despite that little sleep situation. You ARE strong, just in different ways than before. You are evolving simply by recommitting to yourself WHILE nurturing your baby. You get practice compassion with yourself by being consistent with your self-care. You survived the first six weeks. I'm one of those crazies who's excited to start moving again mostly because it...
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CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

I'm curious: how many things have you been cautioned about doing/NOT doing while pregnant... or while parenting... or while simply living your life? I'm finding that the debates are NUTS about what "should/shouldn't" be done and what is "wrong/right" for momma and baby. Clearly, I'm quite new to this scene, but I've been shocked at BOTH how fear seems to rule one's way of life AND how extreme distrust for "the system" forces people to ward off ANY recommendations. Historically, I'm no better; I've struggled with an extremist mind as long as I can remember, but this process {for me} needs to be far more balanced and grounded than the swings of extreme rule-following or extreme rebellion. Personally, the two ways I find the most peace, freedom AND safety in my decision-making process are through: • a range of research from a variety of sources • my own intuition ...and letting go of the fear & reality of judgment We're all doing the very best we can for ourselves,...
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