Motherhood Spotlight with Ashley Koch: Raising healthy eaters. What you can do without stressing.

Motherhood Spotlight with Ashley Koch: Raising healthy eaters. What you can do without stressing.

Feeding my family and myself healthy, nutritious and delicious food is one of my primary goals as a mom. I am definitely one of those people who show their love through food so if I ever invite you over for dinner or drop off a loaf of homemade healthy anything, consider yourself loved;)

As you can imagine, when Felix rejects what I cook for him and goes on a food strike, it's hard for me not to get annoyed, frustrated, and worried that he's not getting enough healthy food. 

Such mama worries, I know. But my guess is that if you have a toddler, you've been there.

Motherhood Spotlight with Aki Raymer: Parenting in Partnership. What partners need to know to stay connected and parent as a team. '

Motherhood Spotlight with Aki Raymer: Parenting in Partnership. What partners need to know to stay connected and parent as a team. '

When I was in graduate school for my M.A. in Counseling Psychology, my favorite class was on family dynamics and learning about how the patterns that live in our families of origin impact all of our future relationship, including of course our marriages and the way we raise our children.

My husband and I discovered some incredible insights into who each of us are, how we show up and how we deal with stressful times by looking into our pasts and unraveling the dynamics in which we grew up.

Motherhood Spotlight with Jeannine Yoder: Entrepreneurship and motherhood

Motherhood Spotlight with Jeannine Yoder: Entrepreneurship and motherhood

One of the biggest puzzle pieces I work on with my private mama clients (besides their health and their relationship) is what they want to do with their professional lives after having had a baby.

Do you want to be a stay-at-home mom (assuming that works financially)? Do you want to go back to work fully or part-time? Or do you want to start something on your own that allows you to work from home on a flexible schedule?

The latter is often the dream many moms have: spend your time away from your kids doing something you love that gives you meaning AND being able to be there for your child's big events, taking off an afternoon to chase your littles across the playground just because its sunny and you’ve been missing them, or gifting yourself a morning walk because you simply feel the need to take care of yourself.

The hardest day I've had in a loooong time

The hardest day I've had in a loooong time

Today I am writing from a very vulnerable and raw place. What I am about to share with you isn't perfectly thought out or even digested yet. It's a work in progress. 

Most of the time when I write to you from a personal place, some time has passed between the event that happened and the present time, meaning I had enough time to think about it and formulate some sense out of it.

Not today. 

This post, more than anything, is simply a recognition of how damn hard motherhood can be sometimes. 

Motherhood Spotlight with Bailey Frumen: DOES THIS BABY HAVE A RETURN POLICY?

Motherhood Spotlight with Bailey Frumen: DOES THIS BABY HAVE A RETURN POLICY?

“Does this baby have a return policy?"

In our day and age of modern conveniences, this question popped up in my mind several times a day for the first few weeks of becoming a new mama. It was a thought that I was very ashamed of as a brand-new mom but also one that I couldn’t seem to shake. 

I’m going to tell you a story that I haven’t told many people AND in someway, it might not be very different from your own.

Motherhood Spotlight with Orly Levy: Birthing a truer me

Motherhood Spotlight with Orly Levy: Birthing a truer me

I am deeply honored that Orly has offered to share her story with us about her postpartum experience specifically, because the challenges that come with new motherhood AND the recovery challenges that our bodies go through in the year following birth (& sometimes beyond) are REAL and often not talked about openly enough.

As you will read in more detail below, Orly learned that a piece of her placenta had remained in her uterus for weeks after she delivered her daughter and, in addition, she was diagnosed Hashimoto's (an autoimmune disease affecting your thyroid gland.

Motherhood Spotlight with Amanda Kinsey: “Magical Monkeys Wearing Sparkle Hats”

Motherhood Spotlight with Amanda Kinsey: “Magical Monkeys Wearing Sparkle Hats”

Amanda and I met in prenatal yoga class in Williamsburg in NYC when I was pregnant with Felix and I immediately adored her. Amanda is a woman who radiates kindness and love. And I wish you could hear her laugh because she lights up a room and you cannot help but smile right back at her warm face. I was so glad that I met her when I did because Felix and her son Conor were born just a few weeks apart and she became one of my go-to friends to discuss all things baby and new mama worries. Amanda was also crucial in my process of forming a supportive community of wonderful new mamas in our neighborhood in Brooklyn. She's just that kind of woman that we all wish we had in our lives.

3 simple ways to boost your hormonal health—today!

3 simple ways to boost your hormonal health—today!

Over the years of coaching women, I have noticed that so many women think of "healthy," purely as "physically healthy" and many even equate if with being skinny, toned, eating a certain (often restrictive and very controlled) way or exercising a lot.

Throughout my own health journey, I have come to redefine what "healthy" means, because there was a time in my late 20s when I "did all the right things": I was at my thinnest, I was exercising constantly, BUT I was tired, my period was non-existent and, I often felt irritated with anxiety looming just around the corner on most days.

My baby arrived. Meet Hendrix + insights on how my two births differed

My baby arrived. Meet Hendrix + insights on how my two births differed

I'm writing today with so much deep, sparkly, mama bear love in my heart as I glance over at my sleeping little son who joined my husband, Felix and me on Father's Day last week.

Meet Hendrix Rasmus Johan Zwickson. Born on June 18th, weighing 7lbs 14oz, he came into this beautiful world healthy, fast, and with a veracious appetite (see photos below).

Just like with Felix, the first week is so wonderful and so new and also a bit strange: you feel like you should know or recognize the person who has been in your belly the last 9+ months and yes, in some ways you do. And yet -at least in my experience- when I first looked at Felix and then last week, Hendrix, I realize that I actually don't know them yet, that they are not familiar to me yet, that I still very much need to get to know this new person.

Are you a woman who walks her own talk?

Are you a woman who walks her own talk?

Let me ask you a serious question -and I want you to take a moment to think about it before you jump to an answer:

Are you walking your own talk?

When you think about what you stand for, what advice you give your friends, what you share on social media, do you really embody your own advice?

Are you in integrity with your own principles, value and philosophies?

I'm not asking this question to question you or the integrity of your word, but I am posing this question, because in all honesty, walking your own talk is really freaking hard.

Emergency surgery at 34 weeks pregnant... why you haven't heard from me

Emergency surgery at 34 weeks pregnant... why you haven't heard from me

I wanted to write this post this evening and share with you a little story that explains why you haven't heard from me in a little while. 

Two weeks ago, I started having really severe upper abdominal pain along with nausea that sent me running to the bathroom multiple times. I tried to relax, breath deeply and thought that maybe I had eaten something bad. At 2 am the pain became worse and I started to panic that maybe something was wrong with the little baby boy growing in my belly. 

I called my midwives and they told me to come into the hospital right away. 

How can living with the cycles of the moon bring more ease & calmness into your life?

How can living with the cycles of the moon bring more ease & calmness into your life?

Have you ever wondered what everyone is talking about with "tuning into the moon"? 

I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like there has been a significant increase in the last year in women especially being interested in connecting with nature, the earth, the elements, and yes, the moon. 

I believe that the reason for that is because life is becoming ever more busy and technology allows (and sometimes forces) us to move faster each day. As a result, people feel more rushed and less rested, they get sick more often, and they feel less connected to themselves and the immediate experience of their very own existence.

Exercise after birth & resolving diastasis recti (an exclusive interview with Leah Keller)

Exercise after birth & resolving diastasis recti (an exclusive interview with Leah Keller)

Did you know that roughly 60% of women suffer from diastasis recti after pregnancy (some studies even suggest numbers closer to 90%)? 

How about that up to 50% of women who had a seemingly uneventful birth, experience a change in their urinary control (yup, that means that >50% of women who have given birth are more likely to wet their panties during normal activities like jumping, running, sneezing...). 

Your questions about Well Mama answered

Your questions about Well Mama answered

A quick reminder that enrollment for Well Mama closes TONIGHT, so if you've been thinking about coming along and learning how to take excellent care of your body and your hormones as a mom, and get top notch expertise on how to take charge of your life and your relationship as parents, then come on over and get your spot here

There are 4 questions that many of you seem to wonder about that are keeping you from signing up for Well Mama, so let me answer them for you in this post

The struggle between being a mom, a wife, and yourself.

The struggle between being a mom, a wife, and yourself.

I vividly remember walking along the East River in Brooklyn when I was pregnant with Felix, my first son. I felt a profound sadness wash over me that day that I couldn’t explain. I had been living in absolute pregnancy bliss for the better part of the last months. 

After a little while I realized, that in my heart, I felt the grieving process begin:

The grieving process of my life before motherhood...

The 3 things all moms should be told by their doctors (but usually aren't)

The 3 things all moms should be told by their doctors (but usually aren't)

I remember standing in front of the hospital on a busy avenue in the middle of Manhattan. Felix was 2 days old and tucked into his car seat, while my husband and I were waiting for an Uber to take us home to our apartment in Brooklyn.

I had just given birth for the first time about 48 hours earlier and was wearing my loosest pair of sweatpants, walking carefully with the thick post-birth pads in my underwear that would be my best friend for the next 2-3 weeks.

Even though my birth went differently from what I had envisioned on my birth plan, I was beaming of new mama pride. Raz, my husband, and I looked at each other with so much love in our new parent eyes and then jokingly asked: Are they really just letting us go? Are we really on our own?

The biggest announcement before baby #2 arrives... I am so excited about this!

The biggest announcement before baby #2 arrives... I am so excited about this!

I have a super special announcement to share with you today... I feel giddy and excited and to be honest, I still cannot believe that this is actually coming together before my second baby boy is joining us in June. 

Today, I am announcing that my brand new group program called Well Mama is live and open for enrollment. 

Well Mama is an easy-to-use, beautifully crafted, 8-week online group program for pregnant women and new moms who want to flourish physically, emotionally, and spiritually in motherhood and in life! 

To tell you the truth: Well Mama is all I have been dreaming about, thinking about, manifesting and desiring to create for the last year and it is finally here :)

A note on self-shaming for all moms and soon-to-be moms

A note on self-shaming for all moms and soon-to-be moms

I want to talk to you about self-shaming today, because I have worked with women and moms in all kinds of capacities over the years and I know how much self-shaming is going on.

I've seen and heard it all, trust me. 

Women who are trying to conceive and have had a hard time, shame themselves for being "infertile" and often even believe that maybe they don't deserve to be moms.

Women who are currently pregnant and not feeling well or gaining weight quicker than others, shame themselves into feeling "fat, ugly, and tired" (these are not my words).

New moms shame themselves for having a hard time breastfeeding, for having "saggy skin" and not losing the pregnancy weight as quickly as they thought. They shame themselves for being a working mom or being a stay at home mom (we cannot do it right, can we?), being unproductive, being an angry wife, having a baby that isn't a "good sleeper," or feeling like a "hot hormonal mess" (again, not my words).