Prolapse, diastasis, and hernias (oh my!) & other things they don’t tell you about being postpartum

I've never seen a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist (PFPT). I drove to the appointment not knowing what to expect. I have carried three babies to term, had 3 vaginal deliveries, tears to my perineum, experienced urinary incontinence, diastasis recti (DR) and have an umbilical hernia. I was the prime candidate for assessment. After my second child I … Continue reading Prolapse, diastasis, and hernias (oh my!) & other things they don’t tell you about being postpartum

9 Things Diastasis Recti Has Taught Me About Life

You can have a 6-pack and a weak core. You can lift 200 pounds and have a weak core. You can look ripped from the outside and be ripped on the inside. A strong core does more than make you look aesthetically pleasing in a bikini. It successfully manages and transfers load so that load isn’t damaging to your body.

10 Tips to Fight Postpartum Depression

I remember standing there looking out at it and imagining my own funeral. I wondered what people would say. I wondered if they would judge me for ending it. I thought about how easy it would be to take a few steps forward and allow my body to crash through the full length second story window bringing my misery to an end. I thought maybe that way it would look like an accident. Maybe they would never have to know how truly sad I was. …

Fat Shaming is Not Fitspiration

I’m getting pretty sick of the fat shaming; negative body image endorsing posts by those in fitness masquerading as concern. Today, I read a post shared by Cassie Young regarding a fitness trainer reaching out to her via Twitter, after she announced her engagement, to offer his services to help her lose weight for her big day. … Continue reading Fat Shaming is Not Fitspiration

How are Fit Bodies Supposed to Manifest?

Remember that fitness model that had six pack abs at 6 months pregnant? Yeah, that's definitely not me!  Lately I’ve been growing tired of the old “if I can do it then you can do it too” narrative. Truth is, just because they can do it, it doesn’t mean that you can do it too. … Continue reading How are Fit Bodies Supposed to Manifest?

Why No Excuses is Ruining Women’s Bodies

In the 5 years between leaving university and having my first child I lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle. In February 2011 I had my first child, and in January 2013 I had my second child. After having my second child I noticed my belly remained distended postpartum. I had always been naturally skinny, and never … Continue reading Why No Excuses is Ruining Women’s Bodies

This Is Not Health…But I Look Good!

They asked me what my excuse was. They told me they had kids, a 6 pack and no excuses. They challenge me to be accountable for the way I looked. They told me I didn’t look healthy enough. "So what does it take to have a 6 pack?" I asked myself.

Why Don’t You Just Have Surgery?

Why don’t you just have surgery on your hernia? Why don’t you just have surgery to fix your diastasis recti? These are questions I've been asked more than once. My answer is two-fold: Firstly, I have had surgery on my hernia. I was born with an umbilical hernia (apparently 20 - 30% of children of … Continue reading Why Don’t You Just Have Surgery?

More than a Hot Body

As women we receive a lot of subliminal messaging that our value and worth is based on our physical appearance. You can be educated, well-spoken, and dignified but in the end you also have to be "pretty enough". You are not your body, and I want you to stop defining yourself by your body. Do you know why Lions are kept behind cages at zoos? Because they are powerful. You are a lioness.