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Finn’s Birth Story

**(TRIGGER WARNING: This birth story discusses things related to preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), an emergency c-section, birth trauma, postpartum depression (PPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If you believe that reading this will be comprising to your mental health, please feel free to skip this post. […]

Goodbye, plans! (And hello new ones)

“I think I want to wait until after Christmas next year to have another baby.” This was part of a conversation that I was having with my husband over breakfast the morning of December 5th. I had just received an email that StrongFirst was hosting a SFG 1 Kettlebell certification course in Seattle next September. […]

Too big? Says who?

“You’re too big for him.” Growing up I never gave much thought to this idea. That I was “too big.” Sure, I had insecurities and struggled with self esteem. I wanted to look pretty, have nice clothes and wished that some things about my body had been different, but I never really considered myself “big.” […]

The Top 3 Exercises that Directly Apply to #momlife

You’ve said it. I’ve said it. We’ve heard our other mom friends say it. “Chasing after my toddler all day is my exercise!” Isn’t that the truth? Those little rascals are always on the move and they’re quick! And Jack is no exception. He is on the move constantly, never content to just sit in […]

The Safest Exercises for Pregnancy

A few months ago, a picture of a very pregnant woman performing Olympic lifts during a Crossfit workout went viral. What surprised me was not only how passionate people felt about what this expecting Crossfitter was doing, but also how diverse the opinions were. People have pretty strong opinions about exercise during pregnancy. In an […]

What To Do About Diastasis Recti: Four tips to getting your mama body back, and it’s not what you expect!

When I had my oldest son, I had never heard of diastasis recti (DR). It took a while before I really came to understand what it is and how it affects my mama clients. But lately, DR has become an epidemic. The new scary way for your new mom bod to fail you! You only […]

3 Things that You Need to Know About Your Pelvic Floor

If you’ve spent any time around Movement Duets, you know that we talk an awful lot about the pelvic floor. A lot of women (and men) suffer from pelvic floor dysfunctions, and especially moms. Broaching this subject has brought on a variety of responses including: “Why has nobody told me about this before?” “My doctor […]

Mom Guilt: The Definitive Guide to Mom Shaming

Motherhood. We don’t know any other aspect of life that brings on so many insecurities. When our baby makes his or her way into this world, we are suddenly faced with a very big and important job: caring for and raising another human being……and we really don’t want to screw it up. We walk around […]

3 Surprising Facts About Diastasis Recti

“How’s Cara doing? Has she had her baby yet?” A patient at the chiropractic clinic that I used to work at asked me this question as I was working with her. This was  near the end of Cara’s pregnancy with Oliver. “No, not yet, but she’s more than ready,” I answered. “It must be so […]

Do You Really Lose Weight From Breastfeeding?

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, especially here in the Willamette Valley. I love the cool, crisp air, the gorgeous shades of red, orange and brown and the little stir of the beginnings of holiday excitement. And now, I have another reason to love fall: my baby boy was born in October! […]