Hello from Ives & Christy
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If you follow us on Instagram, then you know that I (Christy) recently stopped breastfeeding. During the weaning process, I dealt with some hormonal shifts that caused postpartum anxiety/anger a few days in a row. I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of my findings and tips in case there are other mamas that have gone through something similar.
What hormones are changing?
What I found is that it is not uncommon to feel sad, tearful, or mildly depressed. It's also normal to have mood swings or anxiety. With that said, it isn't necessarily healthy and it's important to understand what your body is going through so you can spend extra time caring for yourself during this process. The good news is that it seems to be short term and should go away in a few weeks or up to a month. Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of sound research on this subject, but it's assumed that hormonal changes are a huge factor in mood shifts during and after the weaning process. If you have and/or are breastfeeding then you probably know that when you breastfeed your body creates prolactin to produce milk, this is a hormone that makes you feel calm and relaxed. In addition, oxytocin is needed for milk ejection and this one is known as the love and bonding hormone. This is the same hormone that is released when we fall in love. With these two hormones regularly being released into your body, it makes sense for you to go through a shift when you begin to cut them out during the weaning process.
Christy and I have received lots of questions about what supplements we use when we workout. The answer isn’t simple. It really depends on the activity. When I am training for endurance (marathons, triathlons, or other long run/cycle days), I fuel differently than for every day work outs. This is primarily because the caloric expenditure, coupled with loss of fluids and electrolytes is vastly different when you go on a 15+ mile run or 25+ mile bike ride. What I chose to focus on in this post pertains more to the everyday athlete. I broke it down into pre-workout, during the workout, and post-workout.
Natural is always what we prefer.
But there are a few products and brands we use consistently.
Okay mama, get ready for some of the most magical moments of your life. Along with sleepless nights, a lot of diaper blow outs, tears (happy and sad... hello hormones), snuggles, bliss, leaky engorged boobs, helplessness, hopefulness, peace, and joy like you have never experienced before. Becoming a mama is life changing and although I am not claiming to be an expert, I think the more we talk about the postpartum experience the more normalized it will become. Every woman's journey will look different, but I hope to help new mamas out by letting you in on not only what helped me throughout this period, but also what I could have done differently to aid me further in my recovery looking back a year later.
As Ives becomes a mama and we both obtain our postpartum exercise certificate through Dr. Sarah Duvall, we will begin to share more about the postpartum experience specific to exercise and how to approach recovery from that aspect, but I first wanted to dive into tools to help during those first 30 days of baby's arrival.
Not another hospital bag list...
This one is from two mamas and all the advice they received from friends and family along the way.
During the last couple of months of pregnancy, nesting sets in and it feels like your life becomes a wide variety of "to-do" lists. There is a list for everything: from nursery, meal prep, birthing plans/classes, and what to pack for the most exciting trip of your life. Oh yes, if you chose a hospital birth then you need to plan and pack a hospital bag to get you through labor, delivery, and those first few days as a new family. Our goal was to take the guess work out of packing for you.
Christy and I are delivering at the same hospital and they are PREPARED. They have birthing balls, labor peanuts, music players, rocking chairs, diapers/wipes, and a lot of other goodies to make this experience easier for a new mama. Check with your delivery unit to see what they provide for laboring mamas.
The countdown is on mama and you are getting ready to meet that stranger that has been growing inside for the past 9 months. WOW. Take a deep breath and process the power of that.
Busy nights call for go-to dinners.
With unpredictable or packed schedules, we know how important it is to have go-to meals, so we created a list of our essential pantry items to have stocked in bulk or to restock each week. This will make your life a heck of a lot easier when it comes to dinner planning. Our hope is that we can help remove the stress and make it easy for you to whip up one of our go-to dinners even on the busiest of days, without having to think twice! Our list includes staple ingredients to help you cook up these 5 dinners:
The purpose of this pantry list is not to give you exact recipes, but to rather give you ideas based on staple pantry items. You can then add your veggie, carb, and protein of choice based on what you have in the fridge that week.
Expectant mama or know one?
Welcoming a baby into the world means purchasing A LOT of new gear to make sure mom and baby are good to go. We created a list of the essentials. Books, toys, and adorable baby clothes aside...this list is what YOU NEED to have to feel "ready" at home until the dust settles.
Okaaay so maybe it won't feel like the dust has ever settled when you have a newborn. And is anybody ever ready? Probably not, but we want you to know what items to put on your registry or get before you bring babe home for that first time.
We put a lot of thought into the list to pair it down to one page and broke it into categories: nursery, diapers/skincare/bath-time, travel, nursing/feeding, gadgets, baby apparel, and mama apparel.