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Eating smart is so important for breastfeeding. It can literally make or break your milk supply and postpartum weight loss goals. 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. 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. During pregnancy, our body stores water and nutrients in our fat cells to help produce colostrum and breast milk once baby arrives. It is a natural process to shed water and fat after birth while breastfeeding. Your body is also ready to…

A postpartum recovery plan that focuses on nutrition specifically for breastfeeding, while also allowing time for healing and slowly getting back in shape is so important! Learning to embrace the changes, while also nourishing your body specifically for breastfeeding is the way to go when embarking on a postpartum recovery plan. There are three components that are super important when embarking on a postpartum recovery plan. Many people have put together quick diets, general meal ideas and workouts to help mamas lose the baby weight quickly, but a full recovery plan goes into much more detail than a quick weight loss plan. The three most important components are HEALING, NOURISHING and STRENGTHENING. I am going to go into more detail on each of these three areas, which are all fully covered in-depth in my program. First, let’s talk about just healing postpartum: Your body needs time, rest and nutrients to…

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. 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. I compiled my best 7 tips into a list, to help you as you prepare for baby to come! First, start eating cleaner:  I have a free, clean eating challenge developed for breastfeeding mamas, but it is a wonderful decision for mamas in their third trimester too! By cleaning up your diet before baby arrives, you will be one step ahead in making sure you are getting nutrients…

I had the awkward privilege of going through physical therapy postpartum for “down there” after my first baby. I was not happy about it, but it was totally necessary. Not many mamas head to physical therapy after baby, and I think many more should if they can afford it, or have the insurance to cover it. Physical therapists, especially those who specialize in postnatal care, can help tremendously. Knowing whether you need physical therapy can be hard to decide, and sometimes you have to express to your doctor that you believe you need it, otherwise it will never be mentioned. For me, I knew something wasn’t right after my 6-week check up. I was given the thumbs up, but I was totally scared. I felt like everything had closed all the way up…and I felt nauseous just thinking about it. Without going into too much detail, I wasn’t romping around…

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