Channeling Our Inner Strength from Birth into Parenthood - Chat with She Births and OBGYN

“We need the sisterhood. We need the village.” In this video above I sit down with my OBGYN and Birthing Educator for a birthing team ‘debrief.’ I would love to hear your birth stories and lessons learned. Leave a comment on social media. I love to hear from you!

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My OBGYN, Dr. Jan Dudley and doula, prenatal yoga instructor, and creator of She Births childbirth education program, Nadine Richardson, have a lot of great insight on how to make the birthing experience a beautiful one. They talk about what we can learn about ourselves from pregnancy and childbirth. And how we can channel that same strength and perseverance right into parenthood.

“Learning in pregnancy to drop the judgment of yourself is such a great way to launch into parenthood. Because the last thing we need is to feel isolated. And that’s what judgment does. If we are judging ourselves, we stay at home in our little bubbles, and we go to mother’s groups and we start judging. And that happens a lot. But we don’t need to. We need women that are empowered and happy. And that’s how you’re going to be the best mom.”

Photo Cred: Kath McLean

Photo Cred: Kath McLean

I love the quotes above from Nadine Richardson. During pregnancy, I learned so much. I have always been a go, go, go, go, GO kind of person. Pregnancy and motherhood have slowed me down in the best way possible. Motherhood has taught me patience, acceptance, empathy

I can tell you the deep breathing techniques I learned in the She Births education program helped me to have a natural, drug free birth (even with a posterior baby).

Deep breathing techniques, I believe, have also helped me knit my abs separation back together and get my flat tummy back. Check out my Strong Sexy Mammas fitness membership to see which exercises I did for my deep core. The exercises are subtle. No sit-ups or crunches involved. It may seem like the exercises aren’t working you hard enough, but trust the scientific research that says deep diaphragmatic breathing and working your transverse abs can zip you back up like a corset! Getting our bodies back is all about the order of exercise. We need a strong foundation for stability before we move to loaded strength and power moves.

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Check out what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has to say about exercise after pregnancy.