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Now that I am pregnant again with my fourth baby, I will have to be following all these steps when baby arrives this fall. I am so happy I’ve learned what works in healing quickly after a vaginal birth because I will have a newborn and three wild boys to care for. Immediately after vaginal birth, there is a lot of care for your lady bits that may not be expected if this is your first time having a baby. I was clueless to the aftermath, and I wish I researched some proper care techniques before being completely reliant on the nurses to advise me. Three babies later, I’ve had some experience healing and caring for that area. It isn’t fun, but there are some ways you can make things feel better and heal faster. First, Take All The Things From The Hospital: Sure, you can grab some extra squirt…

Smoothies are a great tool for boosting milk supply, as well as giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal and repair after baby. There is so much happening during the 4th trimester, and your body will be so happy you’ve given it all the nutrients it needs! My ebook of postpartum recipes for milk supply and weight loss has more smoothe recipes for you, and I LOVE sharing my smoothies on Instagram. I have found smoothies to be so helpful both during pregnancy and postpartum. I use them as snacks for meal replacements, and as a quick and delicious way to get in a lot of nutrients. I will sometimes be craving all my kids chips, goldfish and macaroni and cheese, but get a smoothie down and feel amazing. And there’s little clean up! Just throw some goodies in a blender and go. As a new mommy, the…

One of the fastest ways to lose the baby weight is to start preparing in the third trimester. The third trimester is super long, and by the time I get there, I am so tired of being big! Even with gaining mostly belly weight, I still get impatient for my body to return to normal. I am pregnant again with my fourth baby, but only in the second trimester. I can’t wait to use these tips again (for a fourth time!), to start feeling like I’m getting back in shape before this new little one arrives. If you want to keep up with my pregnancy, you can visit my sister blog, The Fit Bump. I have ALL the pregnancy tips there! Losing the baby weight can be super difficult, but there are some great little steps you can take in your third trimester to help you get there. First, start…

Social distancing has thrown us all into a bit of an unexpected vacation, where we are now in charge of education and entertainment for our children. I am in the same boat. I have my three boys, 7, 5, and 3 home all day now, and life can be a bit stressful as soon as boredom sets in. I’ve found some super fun activities that work well for my boys so far, as well as some I can’t wait to try. I wanted to put together a big list, to help us all stay happy and sane in these uncertain times. This list is EASY! Not huge projects with lots of stuff. Just easy, straight forward games and ideas that my kids ACTUALLY do regularly. The big list of boredom busters: 12 Indoor activities: Indoor scavenger hunt. The key to a successful scavenger hunt for my boys is points by…

Working out during pregnancy is extremely important, and many mamas run out of energy to keep up with their fitness once pregnancy hits. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness specialist, and mama of 3 boys, I KNOW the importance of staying fit during pregnancy, and here are a list of reasons you can read. I am also pregnant – again! I am pregnant with my fourth baby now, and I can not express to you how important exercise is during pregnancy. I fail at exercise in the first trimester, and now that I am past that, I am starting to get back into my routine. If you want more details on a fit pregnancy, eating healthy and follow me through my fourth journey, head over to the sister blog, The Fit Bump. You will get so much there including free recipes, eating clean challenges, and workouts. Working out with a big…

Eating smart is so important for breastfeeding and postpartum weight loss. It can literally make or break your milk supply. Our bodies are designed to thrive off of nutrients from the foods we eat. When we deprive our bodies of essential nutrients, and lots of them, we are taking away the building blocks for breast milk, repairing cells after birth and ultimately having the nutrients we need to signal to our body it is okay to let go of fat. Try the 10-DAY RESET for Postpartum Weight Loss and Health Yep, you heard that right. If your body doesn’t have enough nutrients, it won’t want to let go of the fat it stored to make breast milk. So, what do we eat while breastfeeding in order to keep up our milk supply and lose weight at the same time?? The concept of what to feed your boobs while breastfeeding for…

New mommies can help protect their babies from COVID-19 by simply increasing the strength of their immune system. If you are breastfeeding your baby, this is even simpler to do than you may realize. Rather than stock up on toilet paper and cough syrup, I am really surprised many families aren’t stocking up on vitamins, herbs, raw honey, elderberry sytrup and other amazing, yet simple ways to really boost both mama and baby’s immune system! What do we know about COVID-19 and babies? Unfortunately we don’t know much – yet. What we do know is that those with weakened immune systems, lung issues, and pre-existing conditions that weaken the immune system are the most at risk. If your baby is healthy, happy, with no existing conditions that might affect their immune system, they are less-likely to have major symptoms if infected. But, with a robust immune system, the chances of…

This post is written by my friend and amazing physical therapist, Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT. Make sure to check out her FREE 5-Day Restore Your Core program to jump start you into healing and working out. Did you just recently have a newborn baby and have been wondering when is the right time to start working out again? Knowing when to start working out after having a newborn is not a one size fits all kind of answer. And starting a postpartum workout is not something you just do without having some medical guidance from a professional. I’m a physical therapist, and I want to make sure you are fully educated on how to start a postpartum workout routine safely so that you not only feel good now, but will ultimately continue to feel good every day in the future. By the time you are done reading this article, you…

Eating well while breastfeeding isn’t always easy with cravings, hormonal changes, lack of sleep and a new baby. Breastfeeding nutrition can also seem complicated with the fear of losing milk supply. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist and creator of a very unique breastfeeding diet plan that is specifically made for breastfeeding mamas to lose weight, I KNOW eating healthy after baby can be hard. Really hard. But, I created this guide to help you understand how to eat well for both you and your new baby. A healthy breastfeeding diet plan nourishes baby and mama at the same time: Eating well and nourishing your body means that your baby is going to be well nourished too. By focusing on your nutrient intake at each and every meal and snack, you can ensure you are giving yourself and your baby the most vitamins, minerals and nutrients possible. Of course, conquering…

There are plenty of ways you can successfully prepare for breastfeeding while you are still pregnant. If you properly prepare and get ready, then you will be setting you and baby up for success! The liquid gold is so important, so making sure you have your body and mind ready is a big deal. I am now pregnant with my fourth baby, and I can’t believe I will be breastfeeding all over again. These are the exact steps I will be taking as I get closer to my due date (October), and I can can’t tell you how important your nutrition is during pregnancy. If you aren’t new to my blog, you know I created Milk Dust specifically for breastfeeding mamas to lose weight, and I now have Bump Dust, specifically for pregnant mamas to nourish their bodies, keep weight gain controlled and manage cravings. I hope you try it…

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