“Birth stories told by women who were active participants in giving birth often express a good deal of practical wisdom, inspiration, and information for other women. Positive stories shared by women who have had wonderful childbirth experiences are an irreplaceable way to transmit knowledge of a woman's true capacities in pregnancy and birth." ― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to ChildbirthRead More
Deep thoughts today. I blame these third trimester hormones. You have been warned.
I should also warn that if you suffered through pregnancy, you could not wait for those nine long months to ennnnnd, or you rejoiced ceremoniously when you gave birth to your final babe, you might want to STOP. Right. Here.
Fact: labour and delivery are synonymous with pain and fear. Every preggo knows this. Especially for a first time mumma, the fear factor is usually pretty strong. And rightfully so - you're venturing into completely unchartered waters. There is no trailer, no dress rehearsal, for labour and delivery. AND society (TV, movies, etc) love to show us how messy/SCARY/painful/intense it is. The fear is real.Read More
Pregnancy can suck. And exercising during pregnancy can suck even more. Especially during the late stages of the longest nine months of your life when your joints are revolting and you're pretty sure it's pee not amniotic fluid that leaks every time you sneeze. I have one word that will make everything better.Read More
Did your booty shrink post-partum? There is no medical term for this condition, but I call it Postnatal Flat Ass Syndrome. It is a real thing, with real scientific backing. Dear mummas, today is all about getting your postnatal booty back, and finding out exactly why it disappeared in the first place.Read More
I've written about FitMom Ottawa in the past, but it definitely deserves another mention. And by it I really mean Sue McDonald, she is the passionate energy behind FitMom Ottawa. I first met Sue four years ago for her FitMom2B class in Old Ottawa South. I was a few months pregnant with my first and needed a regular exercise commitment to keep me moving and motivated through the prenatal exhaustion. She had me squatting, lunging and planking right up to my due date.
Sue is a proud mumma of two and a CanFitPro pre/post-natal specialist. Her energy is contagious, even when she's chatting you through her infamous wall sits! Quads be warned! Her classes are an awesome mix of functional exercises, with plenty of emphasis on core. Right up my alley. She is quick to provide you with a modified exercise if something isn't working for you (like your pregnant belly is in the way, you have DRA or your pelvic floor is not quite ready for jumping jacks) or you have a fussy or sleeping baby strapped to you. She keeps an eye on form and offers adjustments when needed. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own level and pace. THIS is what makes FitMom so fantastic. It's a no-stress, welcoming, safe environment for every body (and baby). I am always happy to refer friends and patients alike to Sue's classes knowing they are will be in safe hands.
But really, the GREATEST reason to love FitMom are the connections with other mummas that come with it. I met friends four years ago in my prenatal class that are still going strong with me once or twice a week at FitMom Women. These are women who have become good friends, and who are there for a good laugh whether you're showing up with dried baby puke down your back (yep) or are barely keeping your head up from the emotional and physical exhaustion that can be motherhood (yep, yep). From FitMom2B to FitMom&Baby to FitWoman (freeeeeeedom!), there's always a familiar face. It's kinda like your very own Cheers, minus the bar. Aaand the drink (although we have been known to grab a pint post-class). And you'll leave strong, not tipsy. Totally like Cheers. Ha.
Seriously though, I can't say enough about FitMom and Sue. Exercise is something that I NEED postpartum, and Sue has made my commitment to myself to get moving a heck of a lot easier. I am stronger, happier and healthier thanks to these classes. Thanks Sue!
FitMom Ottawa has classes around town, indoors and out depending on the season. See you there mumma!
It's no secret that toddlers can be picky, weird little eaters. B loves grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, but won't touch a piece of cheese if his life depended on it. And just when you think they LOVE something, the next time around they look at it like it's rat poison. Covered in dirt, rat poison.Read More
My calendar says it's September 2. That would mean that yesterday was the (unofficial) start of fall…?! Where the heck did summer go? I am not sure that I'm ready for cool weather and short days. Oh, the short days! Bahhummbug.Read More
Summer officially arrived a little over a week ago (okay, so technically it's midsummer, but let us not think about what that really means). Spring flew by as it usually does, leaving behind only vague recollections of the nasty winter of 2013/14. Eww. True to form, we've been summering all week at the cottage with pretty fantastical weather. Lucky, we are.Read More
Once upon a time, I was a triathlete. Okay, so maybe I dabbled in triathlon, but I did alright and I had fun. I won my first Try-a-Tri almost seven years ago to this day. My prize was a big bag of chocolate from the local chocolate factory. What wasn't there to love about this great sport?!Read More