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The Postpartum Story: Why and How We Need to Change the Narrative

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.

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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: Stories from Moms

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.

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Tips for Communicating Postpartum to Your Partner

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.

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Emotional Stages of Postpartum

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.

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This is STILL Postpartum

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.”

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Sex After Baby: What’s Holding Moms Back?

Sex after baby has been taboo- so when it doesn’t go well, women (and men) feel alone and like something has failed. You haven’t failed. If postpartum sex is scary or painful or just isn’t happening… you’re not alone. When surveyed, an large number of women shared that on the first attempt at having sex after giving birth, they cried. 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.

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Postpartum Fitness is About More than Losing Weight

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.

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My Postpartum Journey is Measured by More than a Scale

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.

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Exclusively Pumping: Not What I Intended, but What We Need.

Exclusively pumping was never in my plans. Those first couple nights in the hospital she wasn’t latching and she was hardly taking in any milk- it broke my heart. It broke my heart when I realized that the reason for this was that she had in undetected cleft palate that made it really hard for her mouth to make the motion necessary for successful breast-feeding. It didn’t take long before I realized that more than likely, we would never have that bonding experience I had dreamt of.

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