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Obstacles to Exercising While Breastfeeding*

*Although it is possible to breastfeed while exercising (baby-weighted lunges are killer!), this post is in reference to exercising in general while being a lactating mama.   As a birth-world-movement that includes “Fitness” as one of our Four Pillars, we often meet women who believe they cannot, or worse, should …

Letting Go – My Evolution into Motherhood

Before I was a mother, I had a strong sense of self.  I wore my identity with pride and clung to a belief system that had served me thus far in life while I prepared to begin my journey into motherhood. But from the moment of my first positive pregnancy …

Grieving the Loss of the Pre-Baby Body

“I love this baby and I love being a mom but I just want to look and feel as good as I did before.” Whether a woman says this aloud or keeps this belief quietly to herself, this sentiment is both common and expected during the Motherhood Transition. This shared …

How to restore fertility while breastfeeding (and maintain breastfeeding)

Imagine a world in which women can sit down and share their wisdom about pregnancy, fertility, breastfeeding, and child spacing.  Imagine how much support and love and information would be passed from to each of us to our friends and future daughters. While many of us did not get the …

BIRTHFIT Podcast Episode 126 Featuring Amy VanHaren of PumpSpotting

  What is PumpSpotting? Lindsey: [00:01:33] So who are you and what you do? Let everybody know about PumpSpotting.   Amy Van Haren: [00:01:39] Yes. So I’m Amy and I am the founder and CEO of PumpSpotting and PumpSpotting is a global community and app that connects breastfeeding women. We …

What to Do if Your Nipples are Bleeding

Bloody Nipples While Breastfeeding? You may have read or heard that bleeding nipples is just something that happens to some nursing mothers and that it will go away eventually on its own, or that it’s just a “normal” part of the process. While it’s true that some of us may …

How to Heal Fatigue After Baby

The first 12 weeks after birth are a critical time of healing and bonding, yet so little reverence is paid to this “fourth trimester.”  A mother’s body has done the incredibly challenging work of growing a baby and giving birth, and now she must recover while potentially nourishing her baby …

Body Knowledge is Power: Take Six Months to Prep for Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy It’s unreal how much planning goes into one little human. Amidst the questions, there’s one thing moms put on the back burner until after babies are born, but it often starts before babies are even conceived: self care. It’s a hot little buzzword right now, but we’re …

7 Key Benefits of Collagen for Mamas

Collagen for Pregnancy and Postpartum You may have read or heard  BIRTHIFT say that we love bone broth and collagen peptides for pregnancy and postpartum. I would like to dive deeper in on why these foods are so beneficial for the body during the Motherhood Transition. What is collagen and …

Meal Prep for Real Moms

Finding the Time and Energy to Meal Prep I’m not going to lie here, I used to hear ‘meal prep’ and immediately think it meant putting the exact same chicken and broccoli meal into seven Tupperware containers and eating the same thing every day. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. …