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Train for Birth

Train for Birth

As the mama of a toddler and also pregnant with number two, I am constantly staying active. My goal for exercising while pregnant isn’t to race in a 5K or marathon, lift heavy things, or even reach new fitness goals; it’s to train for birth. Birth is a mental and …

Abnormal Placental Cord Insertions

Marginal and Velamentous Cord Insertions: A True Story of Abnormal Placental Cord Insertions

Did you know the umbilical cord can insert into the placenta in a variety of ways? To be perfectly honest, I had no idea these variations existed until my placenta and I became an abnormal statistic with Baby #4.   Before we dive into cord insertions, let’s quickly recap the …

Working with Pelvic Health PTs

Working with Pelvic Health PTs: Connecting Professions

This blog is specifically for physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and coaches. I have an idea: Let’s stop channeling our old professors/instructors, admit that we need each other, and change the world, one pelvic floor at a time!   If you belong to one of the aforementioned professions, at some …

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety During Pregnancy

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety During Pregnancy: My Personal Story

I can’t remember the exact age I became anxious. I like to mentally prepare, and I worry when there are unknowns. When I became pregnant, it didn’t come as a shock to me that along with it would come a heightened sense of anxiety, which hasn’t always been related to …

Slow Is Fast

How Slow is Fast Worked for Me

When I began participating in high-intensity group functional fitness classes in the fall of 2014, I knew my husband and I wanted to start a family in the next year or so. Indeed, part of my reasoning for a new exercise routine was to prepare my body for a healthy …

Let Go of Control

Leaning Into my Queen Through the Discomfort

  Prior to taking my Reiki 1 and 2 placements in December, I asked trusted friends and family for their honest feedback on my biggest weaknesses and opportunities for growth. The feedback was consistent: let go of control, trust those around me, trust the process, and trust the journey.  I …

Postpartum Hair Loss BIRTHFIT

Postpartum Hair Loss: Another Totally Normal Thing that Nobody Told You About

Toward the end of my first pregnancy, I felt like a complete goddess. My hair was long, full, voluminous, and even enviable. Flash forward to 12 weeks postpartum and the inside of my shower looked like Cousin It just washed up.  One of the many things that nobody tells you …

Mother's Intuition

A Tale of Two Motherhood Transitions: Intuition vs Education

As we traverse the Motherhood Transition, there are two distinct decision-making options that are regularly discussed: mother’s intuition and education. Mother’s intuition is the ability to use internal feelings to make the best decisions, while education is utilizing external resources to gather information about particular decisions. Although these two things …

Queen In Training

Queen in Training

In BIRTHFIT, we use the term “Queen in Training” frequently to describe the time period wherein a woman begins stepping into her power. This is the time when a woman transitions from princess to queen. A princess archetype needs to be affirmed and protected; a queen archetype steps into her …

Birth Story

“Too Fit” is Not the Problem

Recently, I was attending a birth as a doula. You should know that at this point in my career, I only take on doula clients that do the work and choose to be “birth fit”. This means preparing mind, body, and soul for this monumental transition and planning for the …