Postpartum means the period of time after giving birth… but then what? Women deserve to have a better view and more stories about postpartum. Women have been made to believe there are things they should accomplish right after giving birth. The loss of a village puts even more pressure on women to do these things alone. We need to shift the narrative to include more stories and less mom comparison.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.
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
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
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
Postpartum weight loss gets a lot of attention. From well meaning friends and family, to doctors and nurses, to strangers who see you with a baby. My weight? It’s another number created by mostly uncontrollable factors that doesn’t define much at all about my “success.” We have to buck the system here. We have to be the voices of reminder that our postpartum story- it’s about far more important things than weight loss.Read More