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  • 5 months of Griffin(dor)!⁣
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This little love regularly is called baby Yoda because of his amazing eyes and old soul. He loves reading before bedtime and he absolutely adores his brother. The feeling is undeniably mutual. We already have a whole repertoire of songs dedicated to him that we sing all day long. Coby sings them with me and S W O O N. ⁣
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He officially has his first tooth, which broke through on our anniversary 🥳 Griffieboy is getting the hang of toys (like this beautiful @poppyseed.play wooden gym with macrame toys), he desperately wants to try everything we eat, and he loves nothing more than being held close!⁣
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We’ll start introducing solids soon when he can sit unassisted! I have a feeling he is super close but definitely sad about it because that means he isn’t teeny tiny anymore 😭 ⁣
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Ugh I love this sweet baby so much I can’t even describe it. I’m so glad he’s my little pal 💕⁣
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#lovingbabyGriff #elysajohnsonpresets #myformerbump #babymilestones #firsttooth
  • 5 months of Griffin(dor)!⁣

    This little love regularly is called baby Yoda because of his amazing eyes and old soul. He loves reading before bedtime and he absolutely adores his brother. The feeling is undeniably mutual. We already have a whole repertoire of songs dedicated to him that we sing all day long. Coby sings them with me and S W O O N. ⁣

    He officially has his first tooth, which broke through on our anniversary 🥳 Griffieboy is getting the hang of toys (like this beautiful @poppyseed.play wooden gym with macrame toys), he desperately wants to try everything we eat, and he loves nothing more than being held close!⁣

    We’ll start introducing solids soon when he can sit unassisted! I have a feeling he is super close but definitely sad about it because that means he isn’t teeny tiny anymore 😭 ⁣

    Ugh I love this sweet baby so much I can’t even describe it. I’m so glad he’s my little pal 💕⁣


    #lovingbabyGriff #elysajohnsonpresets #myformerbump #babymilestones #firsttooth

  •  10  2  12 minutes ago
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  • ✨ Pregnant and living in Nova? Today is the last day to answer @lisa.phillips.photo birth model call! You'd receive steeply discounted, invaluable moments captured beautifully by the talented Lisa Phillips. Go to her profile and find the model call on her site! Tag an expecting friend below! ✨
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    Photo by @lisa.phillips.photo

  •  9  1  31 minutes ago
  • 'Also, I felt immensely thankful for my body...In the end, it felt like my body didn’t fail me, it rewarded me in the best possible way' ❤️
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Shikha is sharing her cesarean birth story today!

Head to the link in @csectionstrong bio to read more and tag a c-section mama below⬇️
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Did you find a new appreciation for your body and your resiliency after your cesarean birth? Let me know⬇️💕
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#csection #csectionstrong #csectionmom #csectionmama #csectionbirth #csectionrecovery #cesareanbirthisbirth #csectionscar #cesareanawareness #postpartum #TeamMotherly #takebackpostpartum #thisismypostpartum #csectionphotography #postpartumdepression #postpartumanxiety #mypostpartumjourney #sharetheeverymom #allbirthisnatural #mothershape #mothermag #newmom #csectionawareness #csectionbaby #cesareanwithoutfear #empoweredcesarean #babycenterbabies #emergencycsection
  • 'Also, I felt immensely thankful for my body...In the end, it felt like my body didn’t fail me, it rewarded me in the best possible way' ❤️
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    Shikha is sharing her cesarean birth story today!

    Head to the link in @csectionstrong bio to read more and tag a c-section mama below⬇️
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    Did you find a new appreciation for your body and your resiliency after your cesarean birth? Let me know⬇️💕
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    #csection #csectionstrong #csectionmom #csectionmama #csectionbirth #csectionrecovery #cesareanbirthisbirth #csectionscar #cesareanawareness #postpartum #TeamMotherly #takebackpostpartum #thisismypostpartum #csectionphotography #postpartumdepression #postpartumanxiety #mypostpartumjourney #sharetheeverymom #allbirthisnatural #mothershape #mothermag #newmom #csectionawareness #csectionbaby #cesareanwithoutfear #empoweredcesarean #babycenterbabies #emergencycsection

  •  50  0  34 minutes ago
  • #mentalhealthmonday 
#prioritizepostpartum

#Repost @crunchy_mama_0128 (@get_repost)
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The “fourth trimester” refers to the first three months of baby’s life. During this time babies can be very fussy because they miss your womb. They want that comfort back and this big world just isn’t as comfy as the dark, warm, quiet womb of yours. The best way to help baby is to mimic the womb. Lots of warm snuggles, being close, skin to skin, comfort nursing (is you breastfeed), and the mindset that you will be the only thing your baby wants for awhile. When you think about this you think about how hard it is for a mom to do anything else. The first three months of both my children’s lives I was just a stationary milk factory. I didn’t move from my spot on the couch much and once my husband went back to work I became a master at doing everything one handed. It was tough. This is why mamas need help!

Some ideas to help a new mom:
• Cook meals for her • Come to the house just so she can talk and feel a little human again • Help to dishes/laundry/etc. I heard one mama talk about how her best friend would come over and just sit on the couch and fold the laundry while mama nurses and help her sleeping baby.
• If mom is comfortable, come and watch baby for a few hours so she can get some peaceful sleep • Bring a care/breastfeeding basket over. 
Please add your ideas or things others did for you that helped you so much! ❤️ •~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•
#birth #baby  #doula #postpartumdoula
#centralva #centralvirginadoulas #cvadoulas #cva #bestdoula #farmville #farmvilledoula #richmonddoula #RVA #rvadoula #charlottesville #charlottesvilledoula #cville #cvilledoula #lynchburg #lynchburgdoula #placentaencapsulation #placentaingestion #placentalove #realisticpostpartum #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #takebackpostpartum
  • #mentalhealthmonday
    #prioritizepostpartum

    #Repost @crunchy_mama_0128 (@get_repost)
    ・・・
    The “fourth trimester” refers to the first three months of baby’s life. During this time babies can be very fussy because they miss your womb. They want that comfort back and this big world just isn’t as comfy as the dark, warm, quiet womb of yours. The best way to help baby is to mimic the womb. Lots of warm snuggles, being close, skin to skin, comfort nursing (is you breastfeed), and the mindset that you will be the only thing your baby wants for awhile. When you think about this you think about how hard it is for a mom to do anything else. The first three months of both my children’s lives I was just a stationary milk factory. I didn’t move from my spot on the couch much and once my husband went back to work I became a master at doing everything one handed. It was tough. This is why mamas need help!

    Some ideas to help a new mom:
    • Cook meals for her • Come to the house just so she can talk and feel a little human again • Help to dishes/laundry/etc. I heard one mama talk about how her best friend would come over and just sit on the couch and fold the laundry while mama nurses and help her sleeping baby.
    • If mom is comfortable, come and watch baby for a few hours so she can get some peaceful sleep • Bring a care/breastfeeding basket over.
    Please add your ideas or things others did for you that helped you so much! ❤️ •~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•~•
    #birth #baby  #doula #postpartumdoula
    #centralva #centralvirginadoulas #cvadoulas #cva #bestdoula #farmville #farmvilledoula #richmonddoula #RVA #rvadoula #charlottesville #charlottesvilledoula #cville #cvilledoula #lynchburg #lynchburgdoula #placentaencapsulation #placentaingestion #placentalove #realisticpostpartum #breastfeeding #chestfeeding #takebackpostpartum

  •  1  0  1 hour ago
  • “Those feelings of inadequacy you might be experiencing, the guilt. When they rise I sometimes imagine how many people might be profiting from the way I’m feeling. The answer won’t include me.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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There’s the formula company who I didn’t need, but made me feel like my daughter would sleep better if I gave a bottle of the magic stuff just before bedtime.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The many, many companies claiming to have *the* solution to nighttime woes available next day at a click of my bone-tired fingers doing the midnight Amazon scroll.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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The bigger, better bag that would clearly stop me from forgetting snacks and baby wipes.⁣⁣⁣ The dummies. The infacol. The nipple cream. The parenting books promising the seven-to-seven. The swaddles. The toys. The clothes. The snack bags. The meditation apps. The educational resources. The self-care solutions.⁣⁣⁣ A loud cacophony of better, calmer, cooler, well-rested and collected.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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We used many, we’ll still use some if there’s a next time, I’m sure. It exists, use it. That’s not my point.⁣⁣⁣⁣ My point is, our difficulties and expectations are being picked at and preyed on as parents. It begins at birth, the very epicentre of our matrescence, with expectations of infancy unaligned with reality. They create issues where there were none. They feed off it. It continues deep into parenthood.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Be kind to yourself. You’re absolutely doing the best you can with what you know now. You’re becoming a matriarch within a patriarchal society.⁣⁣⁣”⁣
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{ Original post by: Abi Smissen @_thefamilycollective }
  • “Those feelings of inadequacy you might be experiencing, the guilt. When they rise I sometimes imagine how many people might be profiting from the way I’m feeling. The answer won’t include me.⁣⁣⁣⁣

    There’s the formula company who I didn’t need, but made me feel like my daughter would sleep better if I gave a bottle of the magic stuff just before bedtime.⁣⁣⁣⁣

    The many, many companies claiming to have *the* solution to nighttime woes available next day at a click of my bone-tired fingers doing the midnight Amazon scroll.⁣⁣⁣⁣

    The bigger, better bag that would clearly stop me from forgetting snacks and baby wipes.⁣⁣⁣ The dummies. The infacol. The nipple cream. The parenting books promising the seven-to-seven. The swaddles. The toys. The clothes. The snack bags. The meditation apps. The educational resources. The self-care solutions.⁣⁣⁣ A loud cacophony of better, calmer, cooler, well-rested and collected.⁣⁣⁣⁣

    We used many, we’ll still use some if there’s a next time, I’m sure. It exists, use it. That’s not my point.⁣⁣⁣⁣ My point is, our difficulties and expectations are being picked at and preyed on as parents. It begins at birth, the very epicentre of our matrescence, with expectations of infancy unaligned with reality. They create issues where there were none. They feed off it. It continues deep into parenthood.⁣⁣⁣⁣

    Be kind to yourself. You’re absolutely doing the best you can with what you know now. You’re becoming a matriarch within a patriarchal society.⁣⁣⁣”⁣





    { Original post by: Abi Smissen @_thefamilycollective }

  •  27  3  1 hour ago
  • Long Term Postpartum Depression exists. Period.
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Studies have identified  some risk factors for long term postpartum depression, noting that it is often a continuation of preexisting depression, rather than a new set of symptoms that starts at delivery.
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Other factors that appeared to play a role include:
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1. a poor relationship with a partner
2. stress
3. a history of sexual abuse
4. financial distress
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This is why it's important for a new mom is she suspects that she is suffering with ppa/ppd to get help immediately. Speak to your spouse and doctor and start to build your support team.
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Join my 3 day challenge as we open up the conversation around all these factors and aspects of life in motherhood. #linkisinbio👆
  • Long Term Postpartum Depression exists. Period.
    .
    Studies have identified  some risk factors for long term postpartum depression, noting that it is often a continuation of preexisting depression, rather than a new set of symptoms that starts at delivery.
    .
    Other factors that appeared to play a role include:
    .
    1. a poor relationship with a partner
    2. stress
    3. a history of sexual abuse
    4. financial distress
    .
    This is why it's important for a new mom is she suspects that she is suffering with ppa/ppd to get help immediately. Speak to your spouse and doctor and start to build your support team.
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    Join my 3 day challenge as we open up the conversation around all these factors and aspects of life in motherhood. #linkisinbio👆

  •  11  1  8 hours ago
  • The full text reads:
“Hi Natalie, so sorry I forgot to reply to your message last week I think I replied a couple of times in my head 😂😂 but very happy with the capsules I actually can’t believe how well I’ve recovered and how good I feel. I had to stop myself from vacuuming and mopping a week after surgery but I just felt so good. Lots of energy and haven’t struggled with my emotions, apart from the crying about how happy I am haha. But thank you I really appreciate it and I will 100% be recommending you to every pregnant person I come across. ❤️ lots of love”
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#placentavitalitytestimonials
  • The full text reads:
    “Hi Natalie, so sorry I forgot to reply to your message last week I think I replied a couple of times in my head 😂😂 but very happy with the capsules I actually can’t believe how well I’ve recovered and how good I feel. I had to stop myself from vacuuming and mopping a week after surgery but I just felt so good. Lots of energy and haven’t struggled with my emotions, apart from the crying about how happy I am haha. But thank you I really appreciate it and I will 100% be recommending you to every pregnant person I come across. ❤️ lots of love”
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    #placentavitalitytestimonials

  •  12  1  10 hours ago
  •  126  22  10 hours ago
  • I love these days
Where we have no where to be
You play and potter
I watch and sip my tea
Even though the sun has not long risen
I'll take these early starts
As unwavering permission
To watch the light of the morning change
And acknowledge that this beautiful age
You'll not always remain
One day I'll be dragging you out of bed for sure
They keep telling me these years will skip by fast
Suddenly I'll be hustling to get us all out the door
So as I catch that morning yawn
Stumble through my morning cuppa
Eyes half closed in this 5am dawn
I stop and soak you in
Every little part of that sleepy grin
And as the day begins once more
I smile and know right now
These are the moments I'm living for
  • I love these days
    Where we have no where to be
    You play and potter
    I watch and sip my tea
    Even though the sun has not long risen
    I'll take these early starts
    As unwavering permission
    To watch the light of the morning change
    And acknowledge that this beautiful age
    You'll not always remain
    One day I'll be dragging you out of bed for sure
    They keep telling me these years will skip by fast
    Suddenly I'll be hustling to get us all out the door
    So as I catch that morning yawn
    Stumble through my morning cuppa
    Eyes half closed in this 5am dawn
    I stop and soak you in
    Every little part of that sleepy grin
    And as the day begins once more
    I smile and know right now
    These are the moments I'm living for

  •  111  8  10 hours ago
  • Mimosas or Bloody Mary?⠀
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- I am in desperate need of a haircut⠀
- My skin is confused and thinks we’re in puberty again⠀
- I needed a whole tube of @nomorebaggage for these under eyes⠀
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I looked in the mirror and didn’t really want to go. I wanted my leggings and headband back.⠀
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But today wasn’t about what I thought I saw in the mirror. Brooks won’t remember those things when he looks at the pictures. ⠀
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Girl, put on some damn lip gloss and a smile because that is what your family will see. Your worth to then is so much more then your reflection in the mirror.⠀
  • Mimosas or Bloody Mary?⠀

    - I am in desperate need of a haircut⠀
    - My skin is confused and thinks we’re in puberty again⠀
    - I needed a whole tube of @nomorebaggage for these under eyes⠀

    I looked in the mirror and didn’t really want to go. I wanted my leggings and headband back.⠀

    But today wasn’t about what I thought I saw in the mirror. Brooks won’t remember those things when he looks at the pictures. ⠀

    Girl, put on some damn lip gloss and a smile because that is what your family will see. Your worth to then is so much more then your reflection in the mirror.⠀

  •  22  4  12 hours ago
  • ✨Sneak peeks into Fourth Trimester Restore!✨
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Swipe left to take a look inside the video demonstrations and amazing extras of the Fourth Trimester Restore program. You have until tomorrow, February 17 at 9pm EST to snag it at over 30% OFF!
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In this 6 week program (which you’ll get lifetime access to)...
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🔸You will learn about your pelvic floor, its functions, and how to properly engage and relax your pelvic floor muscles.
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🔸You will learn how to self-assess for diastasis recti and how to monitor your progress over the weeks.
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🔸You will get coaching tips and cues for each and every exercise in the program (over 180 videos!!!) to make sure you are doing them correctly.
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🔸You will learn and apply strategies from a pelvic floor therapist, yoga teacher, and postpartum coach to make you feel better inside and out.
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Fourth Trimester Restore is designed to progressively and safely challenged your postpartum body to help heal and strengthen from the inside out❤️. Bye bye aches and pains and that mushy core!
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The higher level membership will receive extra coaching from me (we start on February 23) for a more personalized approach and continuous support🙌. Prefer a DIY version? Head to the link in my profile to get started!

#fourthtrimesterrestore #strongbodystrongmama
  • ✨Sneak peeks into Fourth Trimester Restore!✨

    Swipe left to take a look inside the video demonstrations and amazing extras of the Fourth Trimester Restore program. You have until tomorrow, February 17 at 9pm EST to snag it at over 30% OFF!

    In this 6 week program (which you’ll get lifetime access to)...

    🔸You will learn about your pelvic floor, its functions, and how to properly engage and relax your pelvic floor muscles.

    🔸You will learn how to self-assess for diastasis recti and how to monitor your progress over the weeks.

    🔸You will get coaching tips and cues for each and every exercise in the program (over 180 videos!!!) to make sure you are doing them correctly.

    🔸You will learn and apply strategies from a pelvic floor therapist, yoga teacher, and postpartum coach to make you feel better inside and out.

    Fourth Trimester Restore is designed to progressively and safely challenged your postpartum body to help heal and strengthen from the inside out❤️. Bye bye aches and pains and that mushy core!

    The higher level membership will receive extra coaching from me (we start on February 23) for a more personalized approach and continuous support🙌. Prefer a DIY version? Head to the link in my profile to get started!

    #fourthtrimesterrestore #strongbodystrongmama

  •  21  6  13 hours ago
  • Here's another one of me from that time.  Tired, sore, overwhelmed, wanting to please everyone and yet desperately wanting to be cared for and not worry about anything.⁠⠀
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And yet, it was so hard for me to relinquish control over my care and surroundings. ⁠⠀
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I know not everyone has a hard time adjusting to motherhood, but if you're one of the moms really struggling, know you're not alone!! ⁠⠀
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#selfimagephotography #postpartumdoulasdothat #doulatips #doulawisdom #ig_motherhood #momlife #takebackpostpartum #goldenhour #skintoskin #losangelesbabies #fourthtrimester #stopdropandmom #postpartumdiaries #postpartumjourney #PPD #selfcare #newmom #motherhoodrocks #stopcensoringmotherhood #motherhoodrising #doula #losangelesdoula #southbaydoula #sblamomlife #southbaymommies⁠⠀
#ppd #postpartum #maternalmentalhealth
  • Here's another one of me from that time. Tired, sore, overwhelmed, wanting to please everyone and yet desperately wanting to be cared for and not worry about anything.⁠⠀
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    And yet, it was so hard for me to relinquish control over my care and surroundings. ⁠⠀
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    I know not everyone has a hard time adjusting to motherhood, but if you're one of the moms really struggling, know you're not alone!! ⁠⠀
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    #selfimagephotography #postpartumdoulasdothat #doulatips #doulawisdom #ig_motherhood #momlife #takebackpostpartum #goldenhour #skintoskin #losangelesbabies #fourthtrimester #stopdropandmom #postpartumdiaries #postpartumjourney #PPD #selfcare #newmom #motherhoodrocks #stopcensoringmotherhood #motherhoodrising #doula #losangelesdoula #southbaydoula #sblamomlife #southbaymommies⁠⠀
    #ppd #postpartum #maternalmentalhealth

  •  38  2  13 hours ago
  • It’s often at the end of the day, like tonight during bath time with my kids, that I think about this page. And I wish I could devote more time to curating a beautiful feed or pour out a meaningful or educational post more than once a week. I’m so thankful for this space and the strangely beautiful thing that is social media. But really y’all.... it’s the last thing on my “to do” list. And everyone gets that. And I know it. But I wish I could do more and the constant comparing to those with gorgeously filtered feeds does get to me! But I remind myself of what I did do this week. I did mother my two toddlers. And keep my house in check. And I taught six expecting families and worked a shift at the hospital comforting and educating brand new moms. And ya know what, when I write it all down in this this caption I’m dang proud of myself. So this is my love note to you. If you’re down on yourself or secretly comparing your feed to those more “curated” - stop, take a selfie, and write a caption about how badass you are. Tag me. I’m proud of us. Here’s to an awesome week ahead ♥️
  • It’s often at the end of the day, like tonight during bath time with my kids, that I think about this page. And I wish I could devote more time to curating a beautiful feed or pour out a meaningful or educational post more than once a week. I’m so thankful for this space and the strangely beautiful thing that is social media. But really y’all.... it’s the last thing on my “to do” list. And everyone gets that. And I know it. But I wish I could do more and the constant comparing to those with gorgeously filtered feeds does get to me! But I remind myself of what I did do this week. I did mother my two toddlers. And keep my house in check. And I taught six expecting families and worked a shift at the hospital comforting and educating brand new moms. And ya know what, when I write it all down in this this caption I’m dang proud of myself. So this is my love note to you. If you’re down on yourself or secretly comparing your feed to those more “curated” - stop, take a selfie, and write a caption about how badass you are. Tag me. I’m proud of us. Here’s to an awesome week ahead ♥️

  •  41  7  13 hours ago
  • Today has been spent with my sisters and eating all the things.
Learning balance has been a huge part of this journey.
I know that living a little and eating the piece of cake won't be the end of the world. 🥰
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Are you strict keto 100% or do you enjoy treats?
  • Today has been spent with my sisters and eating all the things.
    Learning balance has been a huge part of this journey.
    I know that living a little and eating the piece of cake won't be the end of the world. 🥰
    .
    Are you strict keto 100% or do you enjoy treats?

  •  76  5  14 hours ago
  • Raspberry Leaf was one of the many herbs in my postpartum healing toolkit after the birth of both my sons 🌿 You may have already heard that it's great to take during pregnancy to prepare for birth, this is because it not only helps to speed up the second stage of labor but it also reduces postpartum hemorrhage.
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Considering PPH can actually occur not only immediately after birth but also in the weeks following birth, I reccommend taking it for the first six weeks postpartum to tone the uterus and help it to contact back down. It's also a great nutitive herb for increasing the quality of your milk 🤱

Any questions please pop them below or send me a dm if you would like your own postpartum herbal blend 👇 Did you or someone you know experience a postpartum hemmorrhage?
  • Raspberry Leaf was one of the many herbs in my postpartum healing toolkit after the birth of both my sons 🌿 You may have already heard that it's great to take during pregnancy to prepare for birth, this is because it not only helps to speed up the second stage of labor but it also reduces postpartum hemorrhage.
    .
    .
    Considering PPH can actually occur not only immediately after birth but also in the weeks following birth, I reccommend taking it for the first six weeks postpartum to tone the uterus and help it to contact back down. It's also a great nutitive herb for increasing the quality of your milk 🤱

    Any questions please pop them below or send me a dm if you would like your own postpartum herbal blend 👇 Did you or someone you know experience a postpartum hemmorrhage?

  •  43  4  14 hours ago
  • I remember the times where I was terrified of a c-section. I didn’t want to have that huge scar. I would be self conscious. 
I didn’t want to feel like I failed with my birth. 
I didn’t want to be cut open.

But even with this scar, I didn’t have one.
A hysterectomy gave me this permanent reminder.

I’ve been to two events since I got the surgery. Mostly all women’s health related because I thought I was ready to connect back into reality again.

But I wasn’t. 
It’s crazy to think how different my story is to others. And how uncommon it is to hear that a 22 year old had to get a hysterectomy.

But then I kept reminding myself this: 
Most women still have a uterus. 
Most women still have periods.
Most women still have their reproductive organs.
Most women still have the choice to get their tubes tied.
Most women don’t have a risk to go into early onset menopause before they are 30.
Most women are just normal. 
At both of these events, never once did anyone consider that someone wouldn’t have a uterus.

That someone didn’t have periods.

That someone didn’t have to get pap smears.

That someone can’t have children anymore. 
That someone didn’t have a choice.

And no, I never expect anyone to cater to my feelings EVER. 
I just wish things like this were talked more about at women’s health events and conferences. 
I haven’t mentioned anything to anyone about it because I didn’t want to seem stupid or ungrateful for what I have. But my feelings are so effing valid as well. 
It just reminds me how crazy my journey has been. 
It’s just a reminder that I’m still not healed yet.

But it’s just a reminder how much I still need to continue to share. I know from when I started talking about my hysterectomy and my postpartum depression + anxiety, I’ve had hundreds of messages l from others that have gone through similar experiences.

And it’s just a reminder that I won’t stop sharing. Regardless of any hate. Regardless on any negative feedback I get.

I’m here to share the good, the bad, the ugly. 
The real parts of motherhood and life.
  • I remember the times where I was terrified of a c-section. I didn’t want to have that huge scar. I would be self conscious.
    I didn’t want to feel like I failed with my birth.
    I didn’t want to be cut open.

    But even with this scar, I didn’t have one.
    A hysterectomy gave me this permanent reminder.

    I’ve been to two events since I got the surgery. Mostly all women’s health related because I thought I was ready to connect back into reality again.

    But I wasn’t.
    It’s crazy to think how different my story is to others. And how uncommon it is to hear that a 22 year old had to get a hysterectomy.

    But then I kept reminding myself this:
    Most women still have a uterus.
    Most women still have periods.
    Most women still have their reproductive organs.
    Most women still have the choice to get their tubes tied.
    Most women don’t have a risk to go into early onset menopause before they are 30.
    Most women are just normal.
    At both of these events, never once did anyone consider that someone wouldn’t have a uterus.

    That someone didn’t have periods.

    That someone didn’t have to get pap smears.

    That someone can’t have children anymore.
    That someone didn’t have a choice.

    And no, I never expect anyone to cater to my feelings EVER.
    I just wish things like this were talked more about at women’s health events and conferences.
    I haven’t mentioned anything to anyone about it because I didn’t want to seem stupid or ungrateful for what I have. But my feelings are so effing valid as well.
    It just reminds me how crazy my journey has been.
    It’s just a reminder that I’m still not healed yet.

    But it’s just a reminder how much I still need to continue to share. I know from when I started talking about my hysterectomy and my postpartum depression + anxiety, I’ve had hundreds of messages l from others that have gone through similar experiences.

    And it’s just a reminder that I won’t stop sharing. Regardless of any hate. Regardless on any negative feedback I get.

    I’m here to share the good, the bad, the ugly.
    The real parts of motherhood and life.

  •  525  45  14 hours ago
  • Throwback to my first post partum goal- fit back into my shorts for summer! ☀️ .
Did it happen as fast as I wanted? Nope! 
Do I even remember now how long it took- Nope! .
All I remember is how amazing it felt to reach that goal! ✨ .
Isn’t it funny that we have so much FEAR about how long something will take, so we choose to not do anything?
If I can’t lose these 10 lbs this month, then what’s the point? Is this you too?!
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My first post partum experience was exactly like that X3! I had so much weight to lose that I didn’t no where to begin.. so I didn’t! 😞
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The truth is ANY step forward is the right one! Start small, but just start! You will feel so accomplished for making a goal and sticking to it! 🥳
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There are a few spots available in my Barre Babes to help you with everything you need to take the next step. And I’ll be there to help you every step of the way! Snag your spot by grabbing an app in my bio!
  • Throwback to my first post partum goal- fit back into my shorts for summer! ☀️ .
    Did it happen as fast as I wanted? Nope!
    Do I even remember now how long it took- Nope! .
    All I remember is how amazing it felt to reach that goal! ✨ .
    Isn’t it funny that we have so much FEAR about how long something will take, so we choose to not do anything?
    If I can’t lose these 10 lbs this month, then what’s the point? Is this you too?!
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    My first post partum experience was exactly like that X3! I had so much weight to lose that I didn’t no where to begin.. so I didn’t! 😞
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    The truth is ANY step forward is the right one! Start small, but just start! You will feel so accomplished for making a goal and sticking to it! 🥳
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    There are a few spots available in my Barre Babes to help you with everything you need to take the next step. And I’ll be there to help you every step of the way! Snag your spot by grabbing an app in my bio!

  •  32  1  15 hours ago
  • "I am 3 weeks into postpartum and my post-op recovery. It felt important to share my postpartum body, because this is the reality of pregnancy. Much of it is jarring instead of glamorous. I feel powerful but not beautiful. Somehow I feel both strong and weak. I'm emotional from the hormonal nosedive. And it makes me sad-smile to see this body that doesn't feel like mine. I'm okay - honestly - and I know this is temporary and so worth it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ms. Iris wouldn't let me put her down, but it made it more meaningful as I analyzed my stretch marks and loose skin that gave me these precious girls. Be above-and-beyond kind to your pregnant and postpartum friends. This is hard, and we need you. ❤️" | 📸: @momma_cheese
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  • "I am 3 weeks into postpartum and my post-op recovery. It felt important to share my postpartum body, because this is the reality of pregnancy. Much of it is jarring instead of glamorous. I feel powerful but not beautiful. Somehow I feel both strong and weak. I'm emotional from the hormonal nosedive. And it makes me sad-smile to see this body that doesn't feel like mine. I'm okay - honestly - and I know this is temporary and so worth it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Ms. Iris wouldn't let me put her down, but it made it more meaningful as I analyzed my stretch marks and loose skin that gave me these precious girls. Be above-and-beyond kind to your pregnant and postpartum friends. This is hard, and we need you. ❤️" | 📸: @momma_cheese
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  •  146  0  15 hours ago
  • Writing from a place of my own personal struggles with motherhood.

Being a mother has so many contradictions. So many thoughts and feelings.  So many voices, experts, and opinions. So many changes. So many long days. And so many short years.  So many hugs and kisses, and I Love You's, and so few moments of quiet and still. 
So many people telling you to: 👉Want it ALL 👉Have it ALL 👉Do it ALL

And sometimes you feel pressure to meet these imposed expectations. 
And sometimes you actually WANT these things yourself. 
And sometimes you do not.

Sometimes you don't know what you want, but you have a sense of something missing and wanting or needing more.

With such a kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, and opinions, that can change from day to day and moment to moment, discerning what is right and good can be dizzying, confusing, and frustrating work.

This is part of the work of becoming who you are to be. 
Motherhood is a time of transformative transition. 
Transition from who you were, to who you are meant to be. ❤️In spite of all the opinions, keep discerning. 💜In spite of all the pressures keep searching your heart. 💚You're doing important work mama! Good job!

#newmama #breastfeedingmama #discerningmama #matresence #postpartum  #ohheymama #motherhoodrising #consciuosparenting #naturalmama #maternalhealth #honestmothering #firsttimemama #takebackpostpartum #mamacare #love #waco #wacomama
  • Writing from a place of my own personal struggles with motherhood.

    Being a mother has so many contradictions. So many thoughts and feelings.  So many voices, experts, and opinions. So many changes. So many long days. And so many short years.  So many hugs and kisses, and I Love You's, and so few moments of quiet and still.
    So many people telling you to: 👉Want it ALL 👉Have it ALL 👉Do it ALL

    And sometimes you feel pressure to meet these imposed expectations.
    And sometimes you actually WANT these things yourself.
    And sometimes you do not.

    Sometimes you don't know what you want, but you have a sense of something missing and wanting or needing more.

    With such a kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, and opinions, that can change from day to day and moment to moment, discerning what is right and good can be dizzying, confusing, and frustrating work.

    This is part of the work of becoming who you are to be.
    Motherhood is a time of transformative transition.
    Transition from who you were, to who you are meant to be. ❤️In spite of all the opinions, keep discerning. 💜In spite of all the pressures keep searching your heart. 💚You're doing important work mama! Good job!

    #newmama #breastfeedingmama #discerningmama #matresence #postpartum #ohheymama #motherhoodrising #consciuosparenting #naturalmama #maternalhealth #honestmothering #firsttimemama #takebackpostpartum #mamacare #love #waco #wacomama

  •  10  0  17 hours ago
  • I've been asked a few times now to talk about ways to facilitate bonding with a new baby after birth and I'm so happy that people are asking that question because it demonstrates the truth which is that bonding is OFTEN not instant. Its a process. ⁠
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Just like falling in love with a partner- it can hit you like a bolt of lightning and be love at first time or it can bloom and blossom and grow over time. Both are normal, both are beautiful. ⁠
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My top tip is to create the time and space that you will need postpartum to facilitate this bonding. You're much more likely to bond quicker if you are cuddling in bed and enjoying skin to skin than you are if you are running errands and cooking dinner. ⁠
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Once you create that space- through asking for help and making a postpartum plan- then use it well. Enjoy the cuddles, practice skin to skin, try out different baby carriers, bring your baby into a bath with you. (don't fill the tub up to high or too hot, get into the tub and sit down first, then have someone hand you the baby. Make sure someone is close by and when you're done hand the baby to them to get dry and warm and get out on your own)⁠
Don't only hold your baby when you are struggling to learn to breastfeed! ⁠
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However, while bonding can take time, don't downplay any signs that a postpartum mood disorder could be at play. Share your feelings with a trusted provider or support person, and if you are struggling with feeling severely detached, overwhelmed, anxious, sad, angry, irritable, or any other way that isn't normal for you... GET SUPPORT! ⁠
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Sometimes counseling or medication can also be what's needed to clear the way for some sweet bonding and that is ok too! ⁠
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  • I've been asked a few times now to talk about ways to facilitate bonding with a new baby after birth and I'm so happy that people are asking that question because it demonstrates the truth which is that bonding is OFTEN not instant. Its a process. ⁠

    Just like falling in love with a partner- it can hit you like a bolt of lightning and be love at first time or it can bloom and blossom and grow over time. Both are normal, both are beautiful. ⁠

    My top tip is to create the time and space that you will need postpartum to facilitate this bonding. You're much more likely to bond quicker if you are cuddling in bed and enjoying skin to skin than you are if you are running errands and cooking dinner. ⁠

    Once you create that space- through asking for help and making a postpartum plan- then use it well. Enjoy the cuddles, practice skin to skin, try out different baby carriers, bring your baby into a bath with you. (don't fill the tub up to high or too hot, get into the tub and sit down first, then have someone hand you the baby. Make sure someone is close by and when you're done hand the baby to them to get dry and warm and get out on your own)⁠
    Don't only hold your baby when you are struggling to learn to breastfeed! ⁠

    However, while bonding can take time, don't downplay any signs that a postpartum mood disorder could be at play. Share your feelings with a trusted provider or support person, and if you are struggling with feeling severely detached, overwhelmed, anxious, sad, angry, irritable, or any other way that isn't normal for you... GET SUPPORT! ⁠

    Sometimes counseling or medication can also be what's needed to clear the way for some sweet bonding and that is ok too! ⁠

    Follow @Carolinadoulacollective

    #pregnant #pregnancy #birth #preggo #motherhood #momlife #newborn #newbornbaby #mom #pregnantbelly #birthmatters #birthphotography #pregnancyeducation #thirdtrimester #raleighmoms #birthwithoutfear #raleighnc #childbirth #laboranddelivery #raleighbirthdoula #birthdoula #bonding #cuddles #ppd #postpartum #newborn #welcometotheworld #family #takebackpostpartum #baby ⁠

  •  68  7  17 hours ago
  • Today I shared a personal story on my blog about what I felt like after giving birth to my oldest.  You can see the whole post by clicking the link in my profile.⁠⠀
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Spoiler alert: It sucked.  I loved my baby, and actually had an amazing birth, but once she arrived, once family arrived, once I started having to make decisions about how I'd care for her, feed her, put her to sleep, etc. I just wasn't coping well.⁠⠀
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This photo is actually from that time precisely.  I used to get triggered with sadness and frustration when looking back on these kinds of photos. ⁠⠀
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Now, I'm sharing some of my story and wanting to be a supportive resource for other mamas who are feeling similarly during pregnancy and postpartum.  You can dm me or email me if you're in need of a listening ear! ⁠⠀
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  • Today I shared a personal story on my blog about what I felt like after giving birth to my oldest. You can see the whole post by clicking the link in my profile.⁠⠀
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    Spoiler alert: It sucked. I loved my baby, and actually had an amazing birth, but once she arrived, once family arrived, once I started having to make decisions about how I'd care for her, feed her, put her to sleep, etc. I just wasn't coping well.⁠⠀
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    This photo is actually from that time precisely. I used to get triggered with sadness and frustration when looking back on these kinds of photos. ⁠⠀
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    Now, I'm sharing some of my story and wanting to be a supportive resource for other mamas who are feeling similarly during pregnancy and postpartum. You can dm me or email me if you're in need of a listening ear! ⁠⠀
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    #selfimagephotography #postpartumdoulasdothat #doulatips #doulawisdom #ig_motherhood #momlife #takebackpostpartum #goldenhour #skintoskin #losangelesbabies #fourthtrimester #stopdropandmom #postpartumdiaries #postpartumjourney #PPD #selfcare #newmom #motherhoodrocks #stopcensoringmotherhood #motherhoodrising #doula #losangelesdoula #southbaydoula #sblamomlife #southbaymommies #postpartumdepression #maternalmentalhealth #4thtrimester #breastfeeding #postpartum

  •  21  1  17 hours ago
  • Make space in your brain. ♥︎ Tough question here: How many moments and thoughts are stolen from you?

I know I lost entire minutes, hours...DAYS and DAYS and maybe MONTHS of my life if I add it all up. Precious time and moments with my children lost because I was lost.

Lost in my thoughts. Lost in my head. Lost in obsession with my body, lost in counting calories, lost in calculating how much exercise I “needed” to do and feeling like my efforts were never enough.

That I was never enough.

When I speak with a fellow mama about WHY she wants to build a better relationship with her body, the answer comes down to this, many times:
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“I want to stop obsessing about my body + feeling like a “failure,” and clear space in my mind for other important things.”
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Important things like jumping, swimming, laughing belly-shaking laughs, listening, reading, taking a class, being creative, singing, writing, holding and just being.

In other words, living.

Learning to accept your body as it is now and separate exercise from an entrenched obsession with “weight loss” is hard work.

It might mean taking a break from exercise. Changing how you exercise. Getting rid of your scale. Reintroducing foods you’ve feared. Therapy. Journaling. Meditation. Making healthier friends. Setting boundaries. Gaining weight. Losing weight. Staying away from mirrors. Staying away from people who trigger you.

It might take all of these things. And it will be hard.

But on the other side is living.

#mombodlove #bodyacceptance #postpartumbodyimage #mamareset #BBstrong

Photo: @michelecrockettphotography
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  • Make space in your brain. ♥︎ Tough question here: How many moments and thoughts are stolen from you?

    I know I lost entire minutes, hours...DAYS and DAYS and maybe MONTHS of my life if I add it all up. Precious time and moments with my children lost because I was lost.

    Lost in my thoughts. Lost in my head. Lost in obsession with my body, lost in counting calories, lost in calculating how much exercise I “needed” to do and feeling like my efforts were never enough.

    That I was never enough.

    When I speak with a fellow mama about WHY she wants to build a better relationship with her body, the answer comes down to this, many times:
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    “I want to stop obsessing about my body + feeling like a “failure,” and clear space in my mind for other important things.”
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    Important things like jumping, swimming, laughing belly-shaking laughs, listening, reading, taking a class, being creative, singing, writing, holding and just being.

    In other words, living.

    Learning to accept your body as it is now and separate exercise from an entrenched obsession with “weight loss” is hard work.

    It might mean taking a break from exercise. Changing how you exercise. Getting rid of your scale. Reintroducing foods you’ve feared. Therapy. Journaling. Meditation. Making healthier friends. Setting boundaries. Gaining weight. Losing weight. Staying away from mirrors. Staying away from people who trigger you.

    It might take all of these things. And it will be hard.

    But on the other side is living.

    #mombodlove #bodyacceptance #postpartumbodyimage #mamareset #BBstrong

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  •  55  8  18 hours ago
  • Puberty is when our body makes the transition from kid body to grown up body. ⁣⁣
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It typically starts between the ages of 8-13 for bodies with vaginas and age 10-14 for bodies with penises. It ends around age 16 - although bodies with penises in particular can take until 21 or older to fully finish the transition. (Does anyone else remember all the guys suddenly sprouting beards in grade 12?) We all have our own internal alarm clock called the pituitary gland. It will start releasing oestrogen and testosterone to start the process. We cannot control when our alarm clock goes off. ⁣⁣
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Some bodies start early and go slow. ⁣⁣
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Some bodies start late and go slow. ⁣⁣
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Some bodies start late and finish fast. ⁣⁣
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It's all normal. And a perfect chance to build that relationship of acceptance and love with our body. It's perfect as it is, it will change and transform at it's own pace. We can work with our bodies or against them. The choice is ours. ⁣⁣
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And that my friends is how you can introduce puberty to your kiddos at almost any age. Preferably before they start to notice any changes. ⁣⁣
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Over the next couple weeks I'll share each of the changes of puberty in a way that you can share with your kids plus my tips for conversation. ⁣⁣
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Got questions? Send em my way.
  • Puberty is when our body makes the transition from kid body to grown up body. ⁣⁣

    It typically starts between the ages of 8-13 for bodies with vaginas and age 10-14 for bodies with penises. It ends around age 16 - although bodies with penises in particular can take until 21 or older to fully finish the transition. (Does anyone else remember all the guys suddenly sprouting beards in grade 12?) We all have our own internal alarm clock called the pituitary gland. It will start releasing oestrogen and testosterone to start the process. We cannot control when our alarm clock goes off. ⁣⁣

    Some bodies start early and finish fast. ⁣⁣

    Some bodies start early and go slow. ⁣⁣

    Some bodies start late and go slow. ⁣⁣

    Some bodies start late and finish fast. ⁣⁣

    It's all normal. And a perfect chance to build that relationship of acceptance and love with our body. It's perfect as it is, it will change and transform at it's own pace. We can work with our bodies or against them. The choice is ours. ⁣⁣

    And that my friends is how you can introduce puberty to your kiddos at almost any age. Preferably before they start to notice any changes. ⁣⁣

    Over the next couple weeks I'll share each of the changes of puberty in a way that you can share with your kids plus my tips for conversation. ⁣⁣

    Got questions? Send em my way.

  •  20  1  18 hours ago
  • Weight loss wins are celebrated with donuts, right? 🍩🍩🍩⁣
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Sunday mornings are usually cinnamon roll day at our house but as Mommy hasn't been to the grocery store for than a thing or two in days, she forgot... oopsies. Sunday morning trip to the donut shop, it is!⁣
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While I am really proud of my weightloss and fully on board with intuitive eating (more on that later) and properly fueling your body, I'm ready to shred. After all, abs are made in the kitchen 🤷‍♀️ I am going to do a full two week "clean" meal prep day next weekend. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, to make the mindless eating stop and to help slow down on the cravings.⁣
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If you want the inside scoop on the recipes, meal plan, and grocery list, drop a 💜 in the comments and I will get you all the dish(es)!
  • Weight loss wins are celebrated with donuts, right? 🍩🍩🍩⁣

    Sunday mornings are usually cinnamon roll day at our house but as Mommy hasn't been to the grocery store for than a thing or two in days, she forgot... oopsies. Sunday morning trip to the donut shop, it is!⁣

    While I am really proud of my weightloss and fully on board with intuitive eating (more on that later) and properly fueling your body, I'm ready to shred. After all, abs are made in the kitchen 🤷‍♀️ I am going to do a full two week "clean" meal prep day next weekend. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, to make the mindless eating stop and to help slow down on the cravings.⁣

    If you want the inside scoop on the recipes, meal plan, and grocery list, drop a 💜 in the comments and I will get you all the dish(es)!

  •  12  1  20 hours ago
  • See a pelvic floor physio 😜⁠
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All joking aside, pelvic floor physio is beneficial for EVERYONE. Far too often I hear that women are too scared to see a pelvic floor physio, that its not for them. But guess what?! ⁠
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We ALL have a pelvis, and who better to figure out what's going on in your hips, low back, SI joint and pelvic girdle, than someone who conceptualizes the pelvis in a 3D way and can assess ALL the muscles, ligaments and joints in it. ⁠
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Far too often I see clients who have ongoing, nagging hip or back pain for YEARS with no relief after seeing far too many health care practitioners to count. They come in, desperate to get relief. Why? Most of the time its because they didn't know pelvic floor physio was an option, but sometimes, they are uneasy about the process and more specifically, the internal exam. ⁠
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I get it, seeing a pelvic floor physio can be scary and that's OK. We talk you through the entire process, explain what we think may be the cause of your pain, educate you on the assessment process, and ask YOUR permission to complete a physical exam. Yes, this may involve an internal component, but only if you consent. You should never feel pressured by your health care provider to do anything you don't feel comfortable with, or not fully informed about what will happen during your visit. ⁠
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Bottom line: we are here to help you, to support you and to guide you through the process. I promise, the scariest thing about a pelvic floor appointment might be a few terrible jokes we throw your way to help you feel more at ease. ⁠
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I'd love to know what's stopping you from seeing a pelvic PT? Let me know below 👇🏼⁠
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#pelvicfloorphysio #pelvicptworks #pelvichealth #pelvicmafia #pelvicfloorphysiotherapy #pelvicpt #pelvicfloor #pregnancy #postpartum #postpartumbody #takebackpostpartum #thisispostpartum #prolapse #incontinence #diastasisrecti #bladderproblems #menopause #perimenopause #painfulsex #vaginismus #mobod #pregnancyproblems #thisismotherhood #pelvis #dosomethingthatscaresyou #leapoffaith #portmoody #bumpphysio #laceyforsythpt #pelvicpain ⁠
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  • See a pelvic floor physio 😜⁠

    All joking aside, pelvic floor physio is beneficial for EVERYONE. Far too often I hear that women are too scared to see a pelvic floor physio, that its not for them. But guess what?! ⁠

    We ALL have a pelvis, and who better to figure out what's going on in your hips, low back, SI joint and pelvic girdle, than someone who conceptualizes the pelvis in a 3D way and can assess ALL the muscles, ligaments and joints in it. ⁠

    Far too often I see clients who have ongoing, nagging hip or back pain for YEARS with no relief after seeing far too many health care practitioners to count. They come in, desperate to get relief. Why? Most of the time its because they didn't know pelvic floor physio was an option, but sometimes, they are uneasy about the process and more specifically, the internal exam. ⁠

    I get it, seeing a pelvic floor physio can be scary and that's OK. We talk you through the entire process, explain what we think may be the cause of your pain, educate you on the assessment process, and ask YOUR permission to complete a physical exam. Yes, this may involve an internal component, but only if you consent. You should never feel pressured by your health care provider to do anything you don't feel comfortable with, or not fully informed about what will happen during your visit. ⁠

    Bottom line: we are here to help you, to support you and to guide you through the process. I promise, the scariest thing about a pelvic floor appointment might be a few terrible jokes we throw your way to help you feel more at ease. ⁠

    I'd love to know what's stopping you from seeing a pelvic PT? Let me know below 👇🏼⁠


    #pelvicfloorphysio #pelvicptworks #pelvichealth #pelvicmafia #pelvicfloorphysiotherapy #pelvicpt #pelvicfloor #pregnancy #postpartum #postpartumbody #takebackpostpartum #thisispostpartum #prolapse #incontinence #diastasisrecti #bladderproblems #menopause #perimenopause #painfulsex #vaginismus #mobod #pregnancyproblems #thisismotherhood #pelvis #dosomethingthatscaresyou #leapoffaith #portmoody #bumpphysio #laceyforsythpt #pelvicpain ⁠

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  • Freshly nursed ✔️
Coffee ✔️
Showered ✔️
Soft squishy postpartum belly ✔️ It’s the essentials right now. I am not surviving right now. In fact I refuse to “survive”. I am picking and choosing what I do. Keeping things simple.

We choose if we are going to survive. Or we choose to be intentional and prioritize what we allow in.

I determine my stress levels by my commitments, expectations and beliefs.

Every season of life needs you to re-evaluate your commitments, expectations and beliefs... I’m hoping you are all choosing things that bring life to you!!
  • Freshly nursed ✔️
    Coffee ✔️
    Showered ✔️
    Soft squishy postpartum belly ✔️ It’s the essentials right now. I am not surviving right now. In fact I refuse to “survive”. I am picking and choosing what I do. Keeping things simple.

    We choose if we are going to survive. Or we choose to be intentional and prioritize what we allow in.

    I determine my stress levels by my commitments, expectations and beliefs.

    Every season of life needs you to re-evaluate your commitments, expectations and beliefs... I’m hoping you are all choosing things that bring life to you!!

  •  95  14  22 hours ago
  • Motherhood: we’re all in this together. #MamasGetReal⁣
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“Some people bounce back and look like they were never pregnant. That doesn’t mean they’re better or worse. It doesn’t mean they don’t have struggles and insecurities. It doesn’t mean that birth and motherhood isn’t just as hard for them. Some people stretch and change in every possible way, are left with sagging skin, stretch marks, scars and excess weight. That doesn’t mean they’re better or worse. It doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be loved and take up space in the world. It doesn’t mean they deserve more or less attention than anyone else. It doesn’t make them a better or worse mother. Some people give birth vaginally at home surrounded by family. Others in a hospital, some with an epidural, some requiring help, and others still have a c section. None of these birthing methods make any of us better than the other. We all do our best, we all birth our babies the best way we can with the knowledge we had at the time. Some women choose to breastfeed for 1, 2, 3, 4+ years. They are fucking amazing, breastfeeding is HARD! Others try as hard as they can, but can’t (or don’t want to!) continue. How epic is it that they tried? Some women can’t breast feed, so they pump (AMAZING!!!) Some women can’t pump, so they use donor milk, or formula feed or — SHOCK HORROR — they DECIDE to formula feed because they want to, because breastfeeding is bloody hard, or they need to take medication, or THEY JUST DON’T LIKE IT! ⁣
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Every mother is different. Everyone has a different journey, sometimes we make choices and sometimes the choice is taken from us. We are all just doing the best we freaking can to survive this crazy roller coaster.  So I guess my point is.... it’s not a fucking competition. Motherhood is HARD, so instead of competing and comparing, let’s just tell each other we are awesome (because we clearly are) and toast the fact that we’ve survived another day.” - @sarahbaughen⁣
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✨ Join the Mommy Brain community for candid conversations about motherhood and judgment free support over at mommybrain.com. Link in bio.
  • Motherhood: we’re all in this together. #MamasGetReal

    “Some people bounce back and look like they were never pregnant. That doesn’t mean they’re better or worse. It doesn’t mean they don’t have struggles and insecurities. It doesn’t mean that birth and motherhood isn’t just as hard for them. Some people stretch and change in every possible way, are left with sagging skin, stretch marks, scars and excess weight. That doesn’t mean they’re better or worse. It doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be loved and take up space in the world. It doesn’t mean they deserve more or less attention than anyone else. It doesn’t make them a better or worse mother. Some people give birth vaginally at home surrounded by family. Others in a hospital, some with an epidural, some requiring help, and others still have a c section. None of these birthing methods make any of us better than the other. We all do our best, we all birth our babies the best way we can with the knowledge we had at the time. Some women choose to breastfeed for 1, 2, 3, 4+ years. They are fucking amazing, breastfeeding is HARD! Others try as hard as they can, but can’t (or don’t want to!) continue. How epic is it that they tried? Some women can’t breast feed, so they pump (AMAZING!!!) Some women can’t pump, so they use donor milk, or formula feed or — SHOCK HORROR — they DECIDE to formula feed because they want to, because breastfeeding is bloody hard, or they need to take medication, or THEY JUST DON’T LIKE IT! ⁣

    Every mother is different. Everyone has a different journey, sometimes we make choices and sometimes the choice is taken from us. We are all just doing the best we freaking can to survive this crazy roller coaster. So I guess my point is.... it’s not a fucking competition. Motherhood is HARD, so instead of competing and comparing, let’s just tell each other we are awesome (because we clearly are) and toast the fact that we’ve survived another day.” - @sarahbaughen

    ✨ Join the Mommy Brain community for candid conversations about motherhood and judgment free support over at mommybrain.com. Link in bio.

  •  415  21  22 hours ago
  • Training through pregnancy can be confusing.
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“What is going on with my stomach?!”
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Every single pregnancy is different, so it’s difficult to give general guidelines for training. Each person will have different form and breathing tendencies, and different reactions to each exercise. What feels and looks fine to one person might aggravate symptoms in someone else. There are so many things to consider beyond just “modifying” regular workouts.
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If you are local to Delaware, and looking for guidance with training through your pregnancy, check out “Strong as a Mother” 8-week Strength & Conditioning Class!
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Link in my bio for details!
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    “This feels weird, does that mean I shouldn’t do it?”
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    “I feel fine, so why can’t I just keep doing the same things I’ve been doing?”
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    “I’m afraid to hurt the baby.”
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    “What is going on with my stomach?!”
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    Every single pregnancy is different, so it’s difficult to give general guidelines for training. Each person will have different form and breathing tendencies, and different reactions to each exercise. What feels and looks fine to one person might aggravate symptoms in someone else. There are so many things to consider beyond just “modifying” regular workouts.
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    This is why there is a growing effort for pregnancy & postpartum coaches.
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    If you are local to Delaware, and looking for guidance with training through your pregnancy, check out “Strong as a Mother” 8-week Strength & Conditioning Class!
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    Link in my bio for details!

  •  50  1  23 hours ago
  • sometimes I #wonder  as I #wander ... #how did I #takebackpostpartum 
#no ... #take #for #granted
#how #good,  #no #great I #lookinggood #look  #each #day
#when I #am  #getting #ever #closer to #life's #final  #act  #which #this #actor  #asks #it
To be #swift & #painless is #all ! ⏫👀👈🙊🥰💕🌹♥️
  • sometimes I #wonder as I #wander ... #how did I #takebackpostpartum
    #no ... #take #for #granted
    #how #good, #no #great I #lookinggood #look #each #day
    #when I #am #getting #ever #closer to #life's #final #act #which #this #actor #asks #it
    To be #swift & #painless is #all ! ⏫👀👈🙊🥰💕🌹♥️

  •  7  1  16 February, 2020
  • When a baby is born so too is a mother, yet in our society this is somehow overlooked. Everyone wants to hold the baby, see the baby; but who is there for the new mother? Sure, you see her when you pop in with the hopes of a newborn snuggle and a sniff of their sweet head. But do you really see her?

The importance of nurturing and supporting the newborn mama in this postpartum period is crucial, and the statistics of when we fail to do so are damning.

One in seven women in Australia will experience postpartum depression. That is a massive 48, 400 a women every single year in our country. This number to me isn’t surprising in the slightest. Women are overstretched, flooded with a myriad of information leaving them feeling overwhelmed and not trusting their intuition, and worst of all; the village is gone.

We haven’t always mothered like this, never has the expectation rested so firmly on one woman’s shoulders to do it all. Women aren’t surrounded by families, holding generations of innate wisdom, mothers aren’t being shown how to mother by their own mothers, grandmothers and other wise women. Gone are the days where raising a child was the collective responsibility of the village. Nope. In the developed world generally the mother is quiet literally alone, wandering the path of motherhood, desperately yearning for support but not knowing how to ask or what support she actually needs. It can be a lonely and very isolating time, that postpartum period.

This is why I’m a doula. This is what I want to help change. Support the mama and the whole family thrives ✨
  • When a baby is born so too is a mother, yet in our society this is somehow overlooked. Everyone wants to hold the baby, see the baby; but who is there for the new mother? Sure, you see her when you pop in with the hopes of a newborn snuggle and a sniff of their sweet head. But do you really see her?

    The importance of nurturing and supporting the newborn mama in this postpartum period is crucial, and the statistics of when we fail to do so are damning.

    One in seven women in Australia will experience postpartum depression. That is a massive 48, 400 a women every single year in our country. This number to me isn’t surprising in the slightest. Women are overstretched, flooded with a myriad of information leaving them feeling overwhelmed and not trusting their intuition, and worst of all; the village is gone.

    We haven’t always mothered like this, never has the expectation rested so firmly on one woman’s shoulders to do it all. Women aren’t surrounded by families, holding generations of innate wisdom, mothers aren’t being shown how to mother by their own mothers, grandmothers and other wise women. Gone are the days where raising a child was the collective responsibility of the village. Nope. In the developed world generally the mother is quiet literally alone, wandering the path of motherhood, desperately yearning for support but not knowing how to ask or what support she actually needs. It can be a lonely and very isolating time, that postpartum period.

    This is why I’m a doula. This is what I want to help change. Support the mama and the whole family thrives ✨

  •  29  7  16 February, 2020
  • Have you ever heard of "matresence"? I hadn't until today - but it's SUCH an important word!

It's the process of becoming a mother, just like adolescence is the process of becoming an adult. Becoming a mother doesn't happen the moment our babies are born, it takes time and it brings with it all kinds of feelings. It's an amazing, beautiful process - but it's not always comfortable, it's not always easy, and it's not always what we expect - and that's 100% normal and OK!

Being a mother changes how we feel, what we can do, how we fit into the world, and it changes our identity - and those changes are a big deal! We're allowed to have feelings about those changes, and we're allowed to take our time to get to grips with them.

The process of matresence has been described as an "emotional tug of war", where our minds are pulling us towards our babies, but also pushing us away, reminding us of all our other needs - our other relationships, our need for sleep, for fun, for exercise, for food, for freedom - so the expectation that motherhood will makes us feel happy all the time, and that as soon as our babies are born they will slot easily into our lives, and we'll instantly know how to love and care for them isn't realistic and it isn't helpful!

We have the right to know that it will take us time to figure this whole motherhood thing out, and we are allowed to put down or pass the baby when we need a minute to take care of ourselves.

Anytime you are feeling that tug of war going on inside your head or your heart, remind yourself that this is what matresence feels like. Stop and listen to your body and give yourself exactly what you need in that moment - some food, a nap, a funny movie, a chat on the phone, a walk outside, a cuddle with your baby or to put them down.

Like adolescence, matresence doesn't last forever, and just like we got to grips with adulthood we'll start to get to grips with motherhood too!

They'll be moments when it seems too much, and they'll be moments when it's pure joy - this matresence thing isn't always easy, but you are
so strong, so capable, and you are doing SUCH a good job mama - honestly, I can tell 💛💛💛
  • Have you ever heard of "matresence"? I hadn't until today - but it's SUCH an important word!

    It's the process of becoming a mother, just like adolescence is the process of becoming an adult. Becoming a mother doesn't happen the moment our babies are born, it takes time and it brings with it all kinds of feelings. It's an amazing, beautiful process - but it's not always comfortable, it's not always easy, and it's not always what we expect - and that's 100% normal and OK!

    Being a mother changes how we feel, what we can do, how we fit into the world, and it changes our identity - and those changes are a big deal! We're allowed to have feelings about those changes, and we're allowed to take our time to get to grips with them.

    The process of matresence has been described as an "emotional tug of war", where our minds are pulling us towards our babies, but also pushing us away, reminding us of all our other needs - our other relationships, our need for sleep, for fun, for exercise, for food, for freedom - so the expectation that motherhood will makes us feel happy all the time, and that as soon as our babies are born they will slot easily into our lives, and we'll instantly know how to love and care for them isn't realistic and it isn't helpful!

    We have the right to know that it will take us time to figure this whole motherhood thing out, and we are allowed to put down or pass the baby when we need a minute to take care of ourselves.

    Anytime you are feeling that tug of war going on inside your head or your heart, remind yourself that this is what matresence feels like. Stop and listen to your body and give yourself exactly what you need in that moment - some food, a nap, a funny movie, a chat on the phone, a walk outside, a cuddle with your baby or to put them down.

    Like adolescence, matresence doesn't last forever, and just like we got to grips with adulthood we'll start to get to grips with motherhood too!

    They'll be moments when it seems too much, and they'll be moments when it's pure joy - this matresence thing isn't always easy, but you are
    so strong, so capable, and you are doing SUCH a good job mama - honestly, I can tell 💛💛💛

  •  59  10  16 February, 2020
  • It's so important to take care of yourself after you have kids. We get so wrapped up in our babies we often forget to care for ourself. But we also need to take care of before we have kids because the stress we endure effects our genes and our offspring too.⁣
Fore more information about prenatal and infant mental health, visit @playfulwisdom
  • It's so important to take care of yourself after you have kids. We get so wrapped up in our babies we often forget to care for ourself. But we also need to take care of before we have kids because the stress we endure effects our genes and our offspring too.⁣
    Fore more information about prenatal and infant mental health, visit @playfulwisdom

  •  22  2  16 February, 2020
  • Throwback video.. This is what postpartum looks like. In some people, the linea alba (connective tissue) in the abdominal wall remains stretched after pregnancy. This can cause it to look like you still have a “belly” when relaxed. ⠀⠀
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I have a 4 week diastasis restore program (TOTALLY FREE, Link in bio) If you need help healing after giving birth. I’m here to help with all things pelvic floor, DR, and more. My inbox is open, message anytime 💗⠀
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#postpartum #diastasisrecti #stretchmarks #postpartumfitness #strongwomen #functionalcore #pelvicfloorfitness #postpartumrecovery #thisismotherhood #thenewnormal #coretraining #diastasisrectirepair #diastasis #postpartumweightloss #takebackpostpartum #postpartumhealth
  • Throwback video.. This is what postpartum looks like. In some people, the linea alba (connective tissue) in the abdominal wall remains stretched after pregnancy. This can cause it to look like you still have a “belly” when relaxed. ⠀⠀
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    You can be both “soft” and “strong”- my diastasis is considered healed, but I still look bloated by the end of the night. That is because the connective tissue is just not as elastic anymore. However, my center is strong and functional!⠀⠀
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    I have a 4 week diastasis restore program (TOTALLY FREE, Link in bio) If you need help healing after giving birth. I’m here to help with all things pelvic floor, DR, and more. My inbox is open, message anytime 💗⠀
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    #postpartum #diastasisrecti #stretchmarks #postpartumfitness #strongwomen #functionalcore #pelvicfloorfitness #postpartumrecovery #thisismotherhood #thenewnormal #coretraining #diastasisrectirepair #diastasis #postpartumweightloss #takebackpostpartum #postpartumhealth

  •  154  19  16 February, 2020
  • Hearing the call of my girlfriend, she told me, I must respect my need for rest, (which I often fail to do). Fine wise words! And sometimes a feeling I don't know how to put into words, when I'm all 🤯😴🥴. And I'm gonna follow in her lead.

Supported Balasana, (photography care of 4yo Bon) is deeply nourishing in pregnancy, post natally and everyday life. A lower back release,  many muscles need to lengthen, and focusing on deep belly breathing helps release into the pose.

For this pregnancy variation, tuck a bolster, or a cushion under your torso, to keep it elevated and making space for baby bump. Widen the knees, and use all the supports you need to stay here breathing comfortably.
I especially love this on my bed, where my knees and ankles and feet are all cushioned with the soft blankets and mattress below.

So glad to be amongst a network of Mummas who support each other, raise each other up, and speak honestly and kindly to each other.

And to give each other a break, knowing we aren't being flaky, or bailing again, we are real to each other, and we are all chilling out this weekend! 😂👌 .
🏵 Postnatal Yoga Course, Thursday's 11am
https://commonearthstudio.punchpass.com/series/10049 .
🌸 Prenatal Yoga Course, Thursday's 1pm 
https://commonearthstudio.punchpass.com/series/10051

at Common Earth Studio, Guildford

#postnatalyogaperth #postnatalyoga
#prenatalyogaperth #prenatalyoga #swanvalleyyoga #perthmumsandbubs #perthmums #perthmumstobe #babyyogaclass #postpartumjourney
#pregnancyyoga #pregnancyyogaperth  #postpartumlife #postpartum  #motherhoodunited #newmumlife
#pregnantinperth #prenatal #yogamum #balasana #attachmentparenting #perthyogamum #supportedbalasana #supportedpostpartum #postpartumtruths
#takebackpostpartum #aintnohoodlikemotherhood #honourthemother #nurturethenurturer #mindfulparenting
  • Hearing the call of my girlfriend, she told me, I must respect my need for rest, (which I often fail to do). Fine wise words! And sometimes a feeling I don't know how to put into words, when I'm all 🤯😴🥴. And I'm gonna follow in her lead.

    Supported Balasana, (photography care of 4yo Bon) is deeply nourishing in pregnancy, post natally and everyday life. A lower back release, many muscles need to lengthen, and focusing on deep belly breathing helps release into the pose.

    For this pregnancy variation, tuck a bolster, or a cushion under your torso, to keep it elevated and making space for baby bump. Widen the knees, and use all the supports you need to stay here breathing comfortably.
    I especially love this on my bed, where my knees and ankles and feet are all cushioned with the soft blankets and mattress below.

    So glad to be amongst a network of Mummas who support each other, raise each other up, and speak honestly and kindly to each other.

    And to give each other a break, knowing we aren't being flaky, or bailing again, we are real to each other, and we are all chilling out this weekend! 😂👌 .
    🏵 Postnatal Yoga Course, Thursday's 11am
    https://commonearthstudio.punchpass.com/series/10049 .
    🌸 Prenatal Yoga Course, Thursday's 1pm
    https://commonearthstudio.punchpass.com/series/10051

    at Common Earth Studio, Guildford

    #postnatalyogaperth #postnatalyoga
    #prenatalyogaperth #prenatalyoga #swanvalleyyoga #perthmumsandbubs #perthmums #perthmumstobe #babyyogaclass #postpartumjourney
    #pregnancyyoga #pregnancyyogaperth #postpartumlife #postpartum #motherhoodunited #newmumlife
    #pregnantinperth #prenatal #yogamum #balasana #attachmentparenting #perthyogamum #supportedbalasana #supportedpostpartum #postpartumtruths
    #takebackpostpartum #aintnohoodlikemotherhood #honourthemother #nurturethenurturer #mindfulparenting

  •  7  0  16 February, 2020
  • No challenges, beauty never.

La Tigress Mama, the snarling patron saint of Working With One's Hands, came to me years ago as I was learning to paint with watercolor. I've had her scanned in @procreate , just waiting. The flowers are all from a big project I did that never made it to production, but for which I illustrated upwards of 15 bouquets. My favorites decided they would join here and become a very therapeutic piece for me to illustrate.

La Tigress Mama now comes to you to bring her message: as long as you have something to work on, create, think about,  work towards, build, write, sketch, or otherwise do, She will always be there with you and you will never be alone.
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#binbinco #womenofillustration #tigress #sadness #lonelyquotes #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #depressionrecovery #ppd #takebackpostpartum #motherhoodishard #womenempowerment #womenownedbusiness #zerowasteliving #zerowastesmallbusiness #zerowasteartist #anxietydisorder #anxietyattackhelp #wellnessjourney #wellnesswarrior #mindbodysoul #heartchakra #beautyindarkness #youaremorethanenough #notalone
  • No challenges, beauty never.

    La Tigress Mama, the snarling patron saint of Working With One's Hands, came to me years ago as I was learning to paint with watercolor. I've had her scanned in @procreate , just waiting. The flowers are all from a big project I did that never made it to production, but for which I illustrated upwards of 15 bouquets. My favorites decided they would join here and become a very therapeutic piece for me to illustrate.

    La Tigress Mama now comes to you to bring her message: as long as you have something to work on, create, think about, work towards, build, write, sketch, or otherwise do, She will always be there with you and you will never be alone.
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    #binbinco #womenofillustration #tigress #sadness #lonelyquotes #depressionhelp #depressionawareness #depressionrecovery #ppd #takebackpostpartum #motherhoodishard #womenempowerment #womenownedbusiness #zerowasteliving #zerowastesmallbusiness #zerowasteartist #anxietydisorder #anxietyattackhelp #wellnessjourney #wellnesswarrior #mindbodysoul #heartchakra #beautyindarkness #youaremorethanenough #notalone

  •  61  8  16 February, 2020
  • When you’re obsessed with all things opal and blush 😍👌🏼💋
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    Tap to shop 😍

  •  42  1  16 February, 2020
  • Best. Day. Ever.

We’re all exhausted, dried out, red eyes, and hearts so very, very full 🌴🌊
  • Best. Day. Ever.

    We’re all exhausted, dried out, red eyes, and hearts so very, very full 🌴🌊

  •  85  3  16 February, 2020
  • "I’m currently in the: ‘I can’t stop looking at you...you’re so perfect, I never want to put you down, I feel like I’ve been hit by a train, living in an adult diaper, when did I last brush my teeth, I feel so proud of myself and my body, Im so freakin exhausted, I never want to get out of bed, I still look 7 months pregnant, this is sorest my boobs have ever been, are you latching on properly, googling ‘should I wake my newborn to eat,’ in total awe that you grew inside me, I feel so happy, I just wanna cry, I need a shower, this feels so natural, I have no idea what I am doing, I CANT BELIEVE YOU’RE FINALLY HERE’ stage of postpartum."
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  • "I’m currently in the: ‘I can’t stop looking at you...you’re so perfect, I never want to put you down, I feel like I’ve been hit by a train, living in an adult diaper, when did I last brush my teeth, I feel so proud of myself and my body, Im so freakin exhausted, I never want to get out of bed, I still look 7 months pregnant, this is sorest my boobs have ever been, are you latching on properly, googling ‘should I wake my newborn to eat,’ in total awe that you grew inside me, I feel so happy, I just wanna cry, I need a shower, this feels so natural, I have no idea what I am doing, I CANT BELIEVE YOU’RE FINALLY HERE’ stage of postpartum."
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    📷:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ @cassiearnoldart
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  •  67  1  16 February, 2020
  • 😁💪🏻🤱🏻 #Repost @revoluciondelateta
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Nos han hecho creer que existe una "Guerra de madres" y la verdad es que no. 🤪
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Cada madre lleva consigo una historia y cada historia debe ser sagrada y respetada 🤩
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Lo que si es cierto es que entre madres nos debemos apoyar basadas en la evidencia así como en algunas ocasiones en las experiencias sin dejar de lado que cada caso es finamente particular, así como este par que nos demuestra que la complicidad es una pizca importante de la hermandad. 🥰.
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#Repost @deborahghelman
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O primeiro trabalho do ano definitivamente não poderia ser diferente. A mãe, não gestante, estimulou a lactação através de medicamentos, para ambas amamentarem os bebês e se dividirem nesta tarefa diária e cheia de amor. Lindo demais, né? ❤ #ghelmanpartos

#breastfeeding #breastfeedwithoutfear #normalizebreastfeeding #motherhood #takebackpostpartum #maslactancia #revoluciondelateta #lactaresnormal #breastmilk #lactanciamaterna #feedallthebabies #panama #brelfie #fromwhereinurse #lactanciaenpanama
#lactapanama #pty507
  • 😁💪🏻🤱🏻 #Repost @revoluciondelateta
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    Nos han hecho creer que existe una "Guerra de madres" y la verdad es que no. 🤪
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    Cada madre lleva consigo una historia y cada historia debe ser sagrada y respetada 🤩
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    Lo que si es cierto es que entre madres nos debemos apoyar basadas en la evidencia así como en algunas ocasiones en las experiencias sin dejar de lado que cada caso es finamente particular, así como este par que nos demuestra que la complicidad es una pizca importante de la hermandad. 🥰.
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    No se dejen confundir 💆🏻‍♀️.
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    #Repost @deborahghelman
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    O primeiro trabalho do ano definitivamente não poderia ser diferente. A mãe, não gestante, estimulou a lactação através de medicamentos, para ambas amamentarem os bebês e se dividirem nesta tarefa diária e cheia de amor. Lindo demais, né? ❤ #ghelmanpartos

    #breastfeeding #breastfeedwithoutfear #normalizebreastfeeding #motherhood #takebackpostpartum #maslactancia #revoluciondelateta #lactaresnormal #breastmilk #lactanciamaterna #feedallthebabies #panama #brelfie #fromwhereinurse #lactanciaenpanama
    #lactapanama #pty507

  •  201  0  16 February, 2020
  • Tell us - what kind of care do you WISH you had postpartum?
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Or, if you’re one of the lucky mamas who did feel like you had everything you needed, tell us: What could you not have lived without?
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We created New Mama because of all the confusion we experienced around supplements to help with the MANY crazy things our bodies are going through postpartum. If we’re Registered Dietitians with Masters degrees in nutrition and we were still confused, where does that leave the rest of the population?? Something needed to be done!
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Spread the word & help other mamas make sure New Mama is in their postpartum toolkit!
  • Tell us - what kind of care do you WISH you had postpartum?
    .
    Or, if you’re one of the lucky mamas who did feel like you had everything you needed, tell us: What could you not have lived without?
    .
    We created New Mama because of all the confusion we experienced around supplements to help with the MANY crazy things our bodies are going through postpartum. If we’re Registered Dietitians with Masters degrees in nutrition and we were still confused, where does that leave the rest of the population?? Something needed to be done!
    .
    Spread the word & help other mamas make sure New Mama is in their postpartum toolkit!

  •  29  3  16 February, 2020
  • You don’t think twice about ordering out for lunch at work every day but when it comes to taking care of your whole self that’s not in the budget.

Spending money that allows you to  have better emotional, social, spiritual and/or intellectual skills holds more value than any dollar amount.

Book the therapist appointment.

Go to the gym.

Ask a friend for help.

Spend some time alone.

Spend some time with people you love.

Read a book.

Ask for help to learn new skills.

Share and tag your money throwing friends.💰
  • You don’t think twice about ordering out for lunch at work every day but when it comes to taking care of your whole self that’s not in the budget.

    Spending money that allows you to have better emotional, social, spiritual and/or intellectual skills holds more value than any dollar amount.

    Book the therapist appointment.

    Go to the gym.

    Ask a friend for help.

    Spend some time alone.

    Spend some time with people you love.

    Read a book.

    Ask for help to learn new skills.

    Share and tag your money throwing friends.💰

  •  638  33  15 February, 2020

Top #takebackpostpartum Posts

  • Postpartum isn’t glamorous...
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It’s sleepless nights that bleed into early mornings
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It’s leaky boobs, clogged ducts, and nursing pads that never stay put
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It’s squishy belly’s and stretched skin .
It’s disposable undies, peri bottles, frozen pads, breast pumps, nursing bras, and nipple creams
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It’s uncertainty and anxiety .
But it’s also moments like this...
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It’s those sweet cuddles in the wee hours of the morning. The quiet moments where it’s just the two of us... growing, learning, navigating this journey together
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Postpartum isn’t glamorous...but it sure can be beautiful❤️
  • Postpartum isn’t glamorous...
    .
    It’s sleepless nights that bleed into early mornings
    .
    It’s leaky boobs, clogged ducts, and nursing pads that never stay put
    .
    It’s squishy belly’s and stretched skin .
    It’s disposable undies, peri bottles, frozen pads, breast pumps, nursing bras, and nipple creams
    .
    It’s uncertainty and anxiety .
    But it’s also moments like this...
    .
    It’s those sweet cuddles in the wee hours of the morning. The quiet moments where it’s just the two of us... growing, learning, navigating this journey together
    .
    Postpartum isn’t glamorous...but it sure can be beautiful❤️

  •  1,925  148  7 January, 2020
  • Returning to work after maternity leave can bring about all of the emotions and overwhelm. What was your experience like? #MamasGetReal⁣
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“The timing will never be right, but I’m more ready then I was two months ago, grateful for the extra time off to enjoy our precious moments the past 6mths but duty calls.” - @fit_nurse24⁣
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✨ Join the Mommy Brain community for candid conversations about motherhood and judgment free support over at mommybrain.com. Link in bio.
  • Returning to work after maternity leave can bring about all of the emotions and overwhelm. What was your experience like? #MamasGetReal

    “The timing will never be right, but I’m more ready then I was two months ago, grateful for the extra time off to enjoy our precious moments the past 6mths but duty calls.” - @fit_nurse24

    ✨ Join the Mommy Brain community for candid conversations about motherhood and judgment free support over at mommybrain.com. Link in bio.

  •  3,071  127  3 January, 2020
  • Motherhood is not mutually exclusive. It’s complex and layered. You are not a bad mom for missing the way your life was before kids. What’s something you miss?⁣⁣
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✨ Join the Mommy Brain community for candid conversations about motherhood and judgment free support over at mommybrain.com. Link in bio.
  • Motherhood is not mutually exclusive. It’s complex and layered. You are not a bad mom for missing the way your life was before kids. What’s something you miss?⁣⁣
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    ✨ Join the Mommy Brain community for candid conversations about motherhood and judgment free support over at mommybrain.com. Link in bio.

  •  1,737  43  9 January, 2020
  • Oh that little curled up ball of newborn deliciousness 😍😍😍...but the reason I’m actually posting this photo? ⁣⁣
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To showcase my postpartum BOD. Ok not all of it, but in particular let’s take a look at my tummy. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
I remember, as if it were yesterday, seeing this photo after it was taken and being SO surprised at how big my “tummy” looked at 8 days postpartum. But what we’re seeing there isn’t my “tummy” really...it’s my uterus - the incredible bag of muscles that expanded to the size of a 🎈 to house my baby for 9 months as she grew and developed inside me...and which was (as this pic was taken) in the process of shrinking back down after birth to it’s pre baby size of a pear 🍐, our clever bodies ey!⁣⁣
⁣⁣
I hope this photo might help some soon-to-be or currently new mamas to set realistic expectations of what your body might look like after giving birth.⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Yes your uterus will still very much be there and visible (especially when you’re in a vest top!) in the postpartum weeks after birth. That is completely normal and it’s shrinking back down day by day. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
It feels pretty apt as I’m writing this post on Valentine’s Day to give a shout out to the thing responsible for the uterus shrinking back down... 𝐭𝐡𝐞 ❤️ 𝐥𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐫𝐫𝐯𝐞 ❤️ 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐨𝐱𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐧!⁣⁣
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Here are just a few ways of boosting your oxytocin postpartum as you get to know your little baba and as your body recovers;⁣⁣
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💛 𝐜𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 ⁣⁣
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🤍 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 ⁣⁣
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💜 𝐞𝐲𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 - 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲🤱 𝐨𝐫 🍼, 𝐛𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲, 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐱𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐧 😍⁣⁣
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🧡 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐲, 𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 ⁣⁣
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💚 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 ⁣⁣
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💙 𝐬𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲’𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 🥰👶🥰⁣⁣
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Any you want to add? Comment 👇👇👇⁣⁣
  • Oh that little curled up ball of newborn deliciousness 😍😍😍...but the reason I’m actually posting this photo? ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    To showcase my postpartum BOD. Ok not all of it, but in particular let’s take a look at my tummy. ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    I remember, as if it were yesterday, seeing this photo after it was taken and being SO surprised at how big my “tummy” looked at 8 days postpartum. But what we’re seeing there isn’t my “tummy” really...it’s my uterus - the incredible bag of muscles that expanded to the size of a 🎈 to house my baby for 9 months as she grew and developed inside me...and which was (as this pic was taken) in the process of shrinking back down after birth to it’s pre baby size of a pear 🍐, our clever bodies ey!⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    I hope this photo might help some soon-to-be or currently new mamas to set realistic expectations of what your body might look like after giving birth.⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    Yes your uterus will still very much be there and visible (especially when you’re in a vest top!) in the postpartum weeks after birth. That is completely normal and it’s shrinking back down day by day. ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    It feels pretty apt as I’m writing this post on Valentine’s Day to give a shout out to the thing responsible for the uterus shrinking back down... 𝐭𝐡𝐞 ❤️ 𝐥𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐫𝐫𝐯𝐞 ❤️ 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞, 𝐨𝐱𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐧!⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    Here are just a few ways of boosting your oxytocin postpartum as you get to know your little baba and as your body recovers;⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    💛 𝐜𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    🤍 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    💜 𝐞𝐲𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 - 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲🤱 𝐨𝐫 🍼, 𝐛𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲, 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐱𝐲𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐧 😍⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    🧡 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐱𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐲, 𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    💚 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 ⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    💙 𝐬𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲’𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 🥰👶🥰⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    Any you want to add? Comment 👇👇👇⁣⁣

  •  109  20  14 February, 2020
  • resistance \\. as the girls get older I realize more and more that this is work. before I had children I remember looking at motherhood as a more emotional responsibility, a relationship but I realize that was from the gaze of a child. I never estimated that mothering would feel like  work. 
#

the more I evaluate my daily frustrations, my roadblocks my simple dissatisfaction the more I see how much of it has to do with unmet expectations, or should I say unrealistic expectations of what motherhood really IS (for me). #

with the way that our capitalist system is set up everyone has become individually valued based on income. its like we monetized our very existence. 
#

being a stay at home mom I realized that I did not escape the income=value paradigm, it just affects me differently. because tho I don't "mother for pay" I do still have to "work to mother". And THAT is where the resistance came in. 
#

when I literally fell into the life of being a stay at home mom I didn't know that meant I was signing up for an actual job. I'm literally laughing as I write this because, its so much work. But culturally there's confusion around this because some mothers really want to stay home with their child(ren) and love it , enjoy it, really soak it in. While others of us are really struggling to make it feel good. Like that person in math class who just whizzes through all the homework while you're in the corner struggling to work through one problem. I mean you want to like it and be good at it, but its a struggle for you. 
#

some days I literally yearn for the ability to clock out and step away from this unending role for just a day or two but I now see how the best way to approach this is to fully CLOCK IN. and again, thats where the resistance comes in. I almost feel like I applied for one job but stepped into another. 
#

we use to mother together.
auntie, grandma, sister, cousin.
we were all mommy. 
but when you condense that community down to one person, day after day, it very much feels like a job.
#

now the key is, for me, to learn WHY there is resistance here and HOW to remove that resistance to fully embrace the now. I’m at the intersection of challenging
  • resistance \\. as the girls get older I realize more and more that this is work. before I had children I remember looking at motherhood as a more emotional responsibility, a relationship but I realize that was from the gaze of a child. I never estimated that mothering would feel like work.
    #

    the more I evaluate my daily frustrations, my roadblocks my simple dissatisfaction the more I see how much of it has to do with unmet expectations, or should I say unrealistic expectations of what motherhood really IS (for me). #

    with the way that our capitalist system is set up everyone has become individually valued based on income. its like we monetized our very existence.
    #

    being a stay at home mom I realized that I did not escape the income=value paradigm, it just affects me differently. because tho I don't "mother for pay" I do still have to "work to mother". And THAT is where the resistance came in.
    #

    when I literally fell into the life of being a stay at home mom I didn't know that meant I was signing up for an actual job. I'm literally laughing as I write this because, its so much work. But culturally there's confusion around this because some mothers really want to stay home with their child(ren) and love it , enjoy it, really soak it in. While others of us are really struggling to make it feel good. Like that person in math class who just whizzes through all the homework while you're in the corner struggling to work through one problem. I mean you want to like it and be good at it, but its a struggle for you.
    #

    some days I literally yearn for the ability to clock out and step away from this unending role for just a day or two but I now see how the best way to approach this is to fully CLOCK IN. and again, thats where the resistance comes in. I almost feel like I applied for one job but stepped into another.
    #

    we use to mother together.
    auntie, grandma, sister, cousin.
    we were all mommy.
    but when you condense that community down to one person, day after day, it very much feels like a job.
    #

    now the key is, for me, to learn WHY there is resistance here and HOW to remove that resistance to fully embrace the now. I’m at the intersection of challenging

  •  1,051  123  6 February, 2020
  • Do you struggle with letting go of the idea of having a different body?

Seeing your body as temporary means
… you don't buy clothes that fit your current body
… you don't think you deserve to buy nice clothes
… you feel like you're just need to lose some weight and then you can try this intuitive eating thing
… you keep postponing that beach vacation you want to take
… you feel like life will be different and better when you achieve your "body goal"

Every so often, I hear my clients tell me they feel like they are "letting themselves go" by not trying to lose weight anymore. They *know* weight loss efforts don't work AND it's really hard to let go of the idea of who they thought they would become when they got smaller/thinner.

The thing is, though, that person already exists.
She's there. You just have to give her permission to be. To exist.

I understand it's scary to let the idea of that smaller version of yourself go. In my 1:1 program, my clients and I explore the desire to lose weight to uncover what is it they are actually looking for (hint: it's not a smaller body!). Link in bio to apply!
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#bodypeacemom #postpartumjourney #bodyliberation #antidiet #foodfreedom #allbodiesaregoodbodies #postpartumbody #intuitiveeating #feministmom #effyourbeautystandards #losehatenotweight #edrecovery #nondiet #nourishnotpunish #selfcompassion #ditchthediet #yourbodyisatemple #beautyisnotasize #enddietculture #intuitiveeatingjourney #iweigh #nondietapproach #screwdietculture #disorderedeatingrecovery #mombody #this_is_postpartum #torontodietitian #takebackpostpartum #postpartumbelly #postpartumcare
  • Do you struggle with letting go of the idea of having a different body?

    Seeing your body as temporary means
    … you don't buy clothes that fit your current body
    … you don't think you deserve to buy nice clothes
    … you feel like you're just need to lose some weight and then you can try this intuitive eating thing
    … you keep postponing that beach vacation you want to take
    … you feel like life will be different and better when you achieve your "body goal"

    Every so often, I hear my clients tell me they feel like they are "letting themselves go" by not trying to lose weight anymore. They *know* weight loss efforts don't work AND it's really hard to let go of the idea of who they thought they would become when they got smaller/thinner.

    The thing is, though, that person already exists.
    She's there. You just have to give her permission to be. To exist.

    I understand it's scary to let the idea of that smaller version of yourself go. In my 1:1 program, my clients and I explore the desire to lose weight to uncover what is it they are actually looking for (hint: it's not a smaller body!). Link in bio to apply!
    .
    .
    .
    #bodypeacemom #postpartumjourney #bodyliberation #antidiet #foodfreedom #allbodiesaregoodbodies #postpartumbody #intuitiveeating #feministmom #effyourbeautystandards #losehatenotweight #edrecovery #nondiet #nourishnotpunish #selfcompassion #ditchthediet #yourbodyisatemple #beautyisnotasize #enddietculture #intuitiveeatingjourney #iweigh #nondietapproach #screwdietculture #disorderedeatingrecovery #mombody #this_is_postpartum #torontodietitian #takebackpostpartum #postpartumbelly #postpartumcare

  •  1,307  55  6 November, 2019
  • “To the mama who feels lonely and isolated... ⁣
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When I first became a mom, one thing I didn’t expect, was to ever feel lonely. ⁣
I mean, how could I possibly feel that with a baby glued to me?
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I didn’t realize how isolated and overwhelmed I could feel, even when I was never truly alone.
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Mama, I know these isolating feelings can often lead to guilt.
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I know it can be discouraging, and at times depressing. In the moments where everything seems to be going wrong, and it feels like no one understands, you sometimes wish that you could take a break from being a mom.⁣
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I know, because I’ve felt all of this. ⁣And when I do, I have to take a second to remind myself something important.
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This season of life isn’t going to last...⁣
These precious moments of our children being glued to our hips 24/7 isn’t going to last forever.
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Going to the store won’t always mean packing up the whole house and aching arms, full of things.⁣
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One day the kisses after the tantrums, and the tiny giggles won’t fill our homes.⁣ The nights of tucking in our babies at night, while feeling extremely drained, will pass. The piles of laundry filled with tiny clothes will shrink and eventually disappear. ⁣The messes will be gone, and our houses will be sparkling, and perfectly...quiet.
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Mama please remember that in this season of life, you are loved so fiercely and needed so badly. As lonely, and exhausting as it feels right now, don’t let it take away from what’s right in front of you. Soak in the days of being stuck in the house with your children. Savor every second of it, because one day we will miss it so badly, and will give anything to have even one of these moments back.” - reposted with permission @tori.mccain
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#NORMALIZEPOSTPARTUM #postpartum
  • “To the mama who feels lonely and isolated... ⁣
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    When I first became a mom, one thing I didn’t expect, was to ever feel lonely. ⁣
    I mean, how could I possibly feel that with a baby glued to me?
    .
    I didn’t realize how isolated and overwhelmed I could feel, even when I was never truly alone.
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    Mama, I know these isolating feelings can often lead to guilt.
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    I know it can be discouraging, and at times depressing. In the moments where everything seems to be going wrong, and it feels like no one understands, you sometimes wish that you could take a break from being a mom.⁣
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    I know, because I’ve felt all of this. ⁣And when I do, I have to take a second to remind myself something important.
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    This season of life isn’t going to last...⁣
    These precious moments of our children being glued to our hips 24/7 isn’t going to last forever.
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    Going to the store won’t always mean packing up the whole house and aching arms, full of things.⁣
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    One day the kisses after the tantrums, and the tiny giggles won’t fill our homes.⁣ The nights of tucking in our babies at night, while feeling extremely drained, will pass. The piles of laundry filled with tiny clothes will shrink and eventually disappear. ⁣The messes will be gone, and our houses will be sparkling, and perfectly...quiet.
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    Mama please remember that in this season of life, you are loved so fiercely and needed so badly. As lonely, and exhausting as it feels right now, don’t let it take away from what’s right in front of you. Soak in the days of being stuck in the house with your children. Savor every second of it, because one day we will miss it so badly, and will give anything to have even one of these moments back.” - reposted with permission @tori.mccain
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    #NORMALIZEPOSTPARTUM #postpartum

  •  167  10  4 February, 2020
  • I learned so much from you,

The day that you were born.

You arrived naked,

Announcing your existence with a shout,

And since then, you haven't stopped asking for what you need.
Unapologetically, you will not stay quiet.
By any means, you tell me how to show up for you.
Never saying sorry, or excuse me, or that's okay, I'll wait.

You crawled up to me, bravely.
Unafraid to try something new, you made it to my chest.
You did not stop to ask how, or what it should look like, or what if you fail.
Without an ounce of self-doubt, you did it, perfectly.

When your body was tired,
You rested.
You trusted.
You surrendered.
Nothing to miss, no reason to worry.
Listening to your own cues, honoring your own needs, you slept.

See,
You haven't been layered yet.
With the 'rules' of how to be.
With the stories of what it means to be 'good' -
To be pretty
To be liked
To be a girl

And that's why you're so perfect.

And so,
It is my job, as your mother

To make sure you never lose sight of it;

How perfect you are,
Exactly as you have been,
Since the beginning.

You arrived naked,
And I guess I did too.

Because everything I thought I knew,
Got stripped away that day.

And replaced with the memory,
That I too was once a naked babe.

Free.
And perfect,
just like you.💜
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| Image @chloe_trayhurn_art Words @fourthtrimestercollective |
  • I learned so much from you,

    The day that you were born.

    You arrived naked,

    Announcing your existence with a shout,

    And since then, you haven't stopped asking for what you need.
    Unapologetically, you will not stay quiet.
    By any means, you tell me how to show up for you.
    Never saying sorry, or excuse me, or that's okay, I'll wait.

    You crawled up to me, bravely.
    Unafraid to try something new, you made it to my chest.
    You did not stop to ask how, or what it should look like, or what if you fail.
    Without an ounce of self-doubt, you did it, perfectly.

    When your body was tired,
    You rested.
    You trusted.
    You surrendered.
    Nothing to miss, no reason to worry.
    Listening to your own cues, honoring your own needs, you slept.

    See,
    You haven't been layered yet.
    With the 'rules' of how to be.
    With the stories of what it means to be 'good' -
    To be pretty
    To be liked
    To be a girl

    And that's why you're so perfect.

    And so,
    It is my job, as your mother

    To make sure you never lose sight of it;

    How perfect you are,
    Exactly as you have been,
    Since the beginning.

    You arrived naked,
    And I guess I did too.

    Because everything I thought I knew,
    Got stripped away that day.

    And replaced with the memory,
    That I too was once a naked babe.

    Free.
    And perfect,
    just like you.💜
    .
    .
    .
    | Image @chloe_trayhurn_art Words @fourthtrimestercollective |

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