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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 …

Does Blue Light Impact Fertility?

One buzz-word that’s being tossed around quite a bit is blue light.  Blue light is the portion of the visible light spectrum with the shortest wavelength and the highest energy. It is found in sunlight, LED and fluorescent lighting, and screens (such as phones, computers, tablets, tvs, etc.).  Does exposure …

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 …

The 8 Changes I Made Between My First and Second Births

What does Queen in Training Mean to Me? I have two precious little girls. I have had two incredibly different birth experiences. Before my 3 year old was born, I had never heard of BIRTHFIT and didn’t know what it meant to be a Queen in Training. I learned so …

3 Ways to Reduce Blue Light Exposure During Pregnancy

Before we dig into the ways to reduce blue light exposure, let’s back up a bit and get clear on why we want to reduce it in the first place. Blue light is actually everywhere, as the sun is one source of (natural) blue light. In nature, we get exposed …

10 Tips for Eating Mindfully as a New Mom

Mindful Eating We all have a relationship with food. These relationships are as complex and unique as each one of us. We eat to nourish, to connect, to soothe, to heal, to celebrate, and a hundred other varied reasons. The relationship changes over time. The relationship you had with food …

Healing from a Traumatic Vaginal Birth

If there is one thing that you can count on during birth, it is that birth is an unpredictable process. Birth can leave deep emotional wounds, some of which we may want to erase. Unfortunately, as conscious humans, we cannot just erase these unfavorable memories and we must process these …

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 …

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 …

Top 5 Ways to Support Mom’s Sleep Postpartum

Getting Sleep After Baby The overwhelm of a new baby can overshadow a mom’s ability to prioritize her own sleep, which is being frequently interrupted.  Neglecting sleep can put your health at risk. Carolina Marcus, MD, of UR Medicine Sleep Center states, ‘‘Sleep deprivation is one of the most common …