Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are common, but they aren’t commonly talked about. Nearly 1 in 5 women struggle with postpartum mental health. The 5 brave women open up about their experiences so that you don’t have to feel alone in yours. There are signs and there is help.Read More
Need some ways to help your partner understand YOU in your postpartum?
When we talk about postpartum, people often assume it can be boiled down to postpartum sex, postpartum depression and your postpartum body. Yes, these are factors, but there are MANY MORE. Helping our partners to understand the wide array of transitions we are experiencing, AND normalizing the reality that postpartum is more than just 6-12 weeks, we can have less misunderstandings and resentment and more of a team approach to this new way of family.
In this time there are a number of factors contributing to our emotional response- each valid and each with a place in our transition. Again, these are not something to be ashamed of. They are wired in us for a reason and they can shine a light on areas we need to give attention. Tuning into these emotions, through different stages of postpartum, can help us to be mindful and intentional in our postpartum time and give us the prompts we need to take proactive steps in our own healing.Read More
We are setting new moms up to feel like they’ve failed by saying these 5 good-intentioned but bad to say things. Every journey is different and we must honor and celebrate that and make our conversations show it.Read More
What are the 5 Pillars of Postpartum? This is the term I created to describe the 5 areas women need support in during the postpartum phase. Through research, coaching and two personal postpartum experiences, this term covers a foundation (pillars) women need in order to move into and through postpartum.Read More
When new moms ask me how to successfully breast pump for an extended time, my top answer is mobility. Being tied to the wall and having time “sucked” out of me quickly started to make me feel discouraged and resentful. Pumping felt like a full-time job and I struggled thinking about what I was missing out on by being tied to the pump. The shift to mobile pumping not only was a physical shift but a mental and emotional one too.Read More
Someone somewhere decided to put a time frame on postpartum and it seemed to stick. Maybe we need a new name for the six week-twoish years after a baby, but maybe we could just stop putting the pressure on ourselves and others and ground in the truth that this is STILL postpartum and we are allowed to STILL be changing, unsure, growing and figuring out a new “normal.”Read More
Parenting young children is much different from parenting older, this was starkly obvious to me in these moments of internal and external tension. My children, they needed me more. They needed my guidance to explore their independence. They needed my attentiveness to keep them safe, fed, and without a tummy ache from too much chocolate. They needed my conversations to be brief and often interrupted. They needed my body to be more mobile and in sync with their own. They needed me and my energy constantly. They needed my patience to be higher than what is humanly available without some serious intention.
At home waterbirth. Our first birth experience was a planned homebirth with our midwives. This si the story of how the day (and night) progressed and we welcomed our first son into the world.Read More
Breastpumping. Exclusively pumping. Tips to make it effective and manageable whether you are exclusively pumping, pumping along with breastfeeding to build a stash, or thinking about the need to pump in the future, this guide will help you learn more about pumping and give you tips to help you along the way.Read More
You won’t remember this day. The day of your open heart surgery to repair your congenital heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot.) You won’t remember the details of being wheeled off, eased into anesthesia, opened, repaired and stitched back up. You won’t remember the details or the feelings but you will carry with you the strength you’re gathering in this season. You’ll carry with you your ability to see a challenge and rise above it. You’ll carry with you the focus on the most important things in life- because you know from an early age that it’s not something to take lightly.Read More
Parenting together can be challenging, even if you’re madly in love with your partner. No one in their right mind will tell you that parenting is a breeze. It takes teamwork and understanding different parenting styles. On top of that, we know that doing this new, messy, and overwhelming journey while trying to keep clear and positive communication with a partner can be… well… challenging. There are, though, ways to be on the same team in parenting and improve communication and collaboration. Read more for 5 tips to be on the same team with your partner in parenting.Read More
When surveyed, an large number of women shared that on the first attempt at having sex after giving birth, they cried. A large number shared that, on the first attempt (or more) postpartum sex didn’t happen. To some, sex after baby hurt, for others it is a low sex-drive or issues that make it uncomfortable. To bring some light and normalization, I recently took to the trusty Instagram to survey this hot topic. You’ll read what other moms say prohibit them from engaging in sex, how they described sex after baby, and some tips and ideas for making it happen and enjoying it again.Read More
Making pumping easier and more efficient for the pumping momma. This list contains the top 10 products you can get directly from Amazon to assist in your pumping journey.Read More
Do I hate my husband? No. Will this last forever? Probably not. Are these days and nights hard? Hell yes. Are you going to make it through? You are. We are all engaging something totally new together and we need one another to make it work but we don’t even know how to take the next step sometimes. Parenting is hard. Marriage is hard. Marriage while parenting is really hard.Read More
Motherhood is a journey that is not one-size-fits-all. It’s more of a choose your own adventure. Want to know how to be the happiest mom?Read More
Dear Postpartum Mom. I understand you. I am you. When you sit down at the end of a long day, you may feel like you just don’t know who you are. In the midst of taking on new roles and putting aside old roles, you might feel lost in a shuffle. A shuffle that is your life and yet sometimes it feels like it is operating outside of you and you are just an onlooker.Read More
CHD Awareness. Tetralogy of Fallot. Mom of CHD Blog. Looking at our family from the outside you probably wouldn’t see that we are daily picturing our child on a medical table through a massive operation. From the outside you wouldn’t see the fear of a faulty move of the doctor’s hand or a sterilization procedure not being followed and welcoming infection. Yet these are the things I see every day.Read More
The best Christmas gift I’m giving you, my children, is one you didn’t even know you wanted. While I know there are arguments ahead and mornings we will be running late due to bickering and blame in our future, I also know that there are moments in every day to savor. I already see the beautiful moments and swell with pride to see the two of you forming your bond together. I can only hope that one night when I hear rustling past bedtime, it’s the two of you with a flashlight inside a fort telling stories. I can only hope that when you’re teenagers and I hear a window crack in the wee hours, it’s the two of you sneaking in together after having an adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime. I can only hope that through all the ups and downs we are sure to have as a family, you’ll be there for one another.Read More
While it is ok to want to lose the baby weight eventually; resting, healing and bonding with baby should be top priorities. Your body went through tremendous changes in pregnancy with fluctuating hormones and a growing belly. In pregnancy, both estrogen and progesterone are high and will drastically decrease after delivery. Also, breastfeeding will produce a hormone called prolactin which will make your estrogen levels even lower. All of these changes in your hormones make it difficult to lose fat. Not to mention that cortisol can run at a high level due to stress and lack of sleep which makes gaining fat more likely than losing fat. Please remember that your body is AMAZING and grew a tiny HUMAN. Not letting your body heal properly in postpartum could lead to some major setbacks in the future.Read More