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Your Vagina is Great!

Hey mama! Just a friendly reminder…your vagina is great!    After having our babies our bodies often don’t look or feel the same. Sometimes it can be hard to even recognize these bodies. And this is especially true when it comes to our vaginas. When things don’t feel right, or if things don’t function properly […]

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 […]

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! […]

Postpartum Depression-Not Gonna Get Me This Time!

When Dedrick was about a year old, I was hospitalized for postpartum depression because I had become a danger to myself. The sadness that I had learned to call home had finally taken over despite my best efforts to control it.   Throughout the first year of my son’s life, I battled this demon that […]

Learning to Trust Again-Developing a Birth Plan

I guess you could say that my relationship with my body throughout my life has been like a rocky marriage.   I had high expectations of my body and was disappointed easily in it when it didn’t meet them.   I was verbally and physically abusive to my body. Punishing it for being too big […]