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A fresh start...

There are a lot of things about becoming a mom that were challenging for me.

I joke that I didn't fall into motherhood gracefully. I don't think that makes me a bad mom. In fact, I think I'm a pretty good mom, but it took me a while to accept that it's OKAY that being a mom isn't the only thing that makes me "ME".

In order for me to be a good mom, I need time away from my daughter. I need to miss her. Time away from her allows me to be more present in the time I'm with her - rather than trying to work, or exercise, or carve out time for me and parent her at the same time.

Adapting to motherhood, and all that comes with it was challenging. I had visions of what I "thought" it would be like, but my reality in no way matched those thoughts. That's not to say that ever woman has this experience, or even that my experience is somehow unique, I think we're all dealt different cards - that's just MY truth. Personally, and physically the first 8 months was a very tough period.

One of the biggest confusions I had in my pregnancy and postpartum was what is appropriate for my exercise and nutrition. Looking back, I worked out the wrong way, and frankly, ate the wrong way too. If I decide to have another child (I'm not ready to decide!), there is a lot I would do differently. I wish I knew then what I know now.

I have come a long way, in that I don't beat myself up for my choices, or blame myself for the weight gain, prolapse, diastasis, or incontinence anymore. I don't know for certain if how I trained really was the cause of my postpartum symptoms, of if I was simply just predisposed to them. But, I do know that I could have been a lot smarter about it. 

FitHer collective exists from the desire to help other moms avoid my mistakes. I don't have regrets about those choices - because they lead me here. To a place where I have passion and heart to support this community I've come to love. A community, that frankly - is unsupported. In talking to new moms over the last few years, the reoccurring theme is isolation, fear, and confusion. And that's just keeping a baby alive. Don't forget what adding a baby can do to ones marriage, and a woman's body. 

While I am not an expert on the keeping a baby alive (I'm doing pretty well so far), or managing the changes in your marriage, I CAN help you with the "body" piece.

My two specialties are...

1) Nutrition - making sure you eat enough to support your growing baby, and to breastfeed (if that's what you choose), and when you're ready if weight loss or body recomposition is on your radar, we can do that too.

2) Prenatal and Postpartum Athleticism - keeping you safe and supporting both your pelvic floor and your abdomen while pregnant and in recovery. Knowing what to stick to, and what to avoid, and how to keep moving. The support for women lives at two extremes - it's either "AVOID EXERCISE" or "Do what feels good for your body" - both of which are detrimental for different reasons. 

.... and don't even get me started on the pressure to "bounce back" after baby. That's for a different blog post.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you, and learning how I can help. After all, it takes a village.

I'm here for you,


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