The 5 P’s: Preconception, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pelvic Health, Performance

August 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, performance and pelvic health, there’s a lot of extreme OR generic info. I like to hang out in the middle, connecting all the considerations for a variety of individuals. Yes, we can make some general suggestions. Yes, we can identify the extremes. But mostly importantly, I want anyone who …

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Am I the “Worst Case” Scenario?

May 20, 2019 | 1 Comment

I am 2 weeks post op from a scar revision. The above image shows the healing of my scar at this stage (2 weeks post), and some of the redness is due to laser treatment. I was incredibly hesitant to get it revised at only three months post op from my original abdominoplasty, but after …

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Abdominoplasty update

April 19, 2019 | 3 Comments

I am 10 weeks post abdominoplasty and recovery has been challenging, just not in the ways I originally anticipated. Going into surgery, I was concerned about things such as implications to my pelvic health function (no history of symptoms, but was concerned about the potential of them due to pressure changes), and long term athleticism. …

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Abdominoplasty Recovery

February 8, 2019 | 4 Comments

As I write this, I am five days post mini abdominoplasty and breast re-shaping (tissue was removed and an implant was added so size stays the same, but shape and management of the breast tissue is improved). Going into surgery was really intimidating. I struggled with the choice of this surgery, because of the recovery …

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Complement your nutrition habits

November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today’s blog is sponsored by One A Day Women’s Prenatal Multivitamins. One A Day  Women’s Prenatal Multivitamins are the #1 OBGYN recommended over the counter brand of prenatal multivitamins. I try to stay within my scope of practice and expertise as a women’s strength and conditioning coach. I created the movement and online education, Pregnancy …

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Diastasis Recti & Athleticism

November 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Diastasis recti in action At a year postpartum with my second son, this video was taken of me doing some snatches. When watching the video of those snatches, I noticed my shirt fly up and saw my diastasis recti in action! If you look closely, you can see my gap and aesthetic changes.  I don’t …

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Pregnancy and Postpartum Journey with Lindsey Valenzuela

October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

CrossFit Games Athlete Lindsey Valenzuela Trusts the Postpartum Process Let’s #flashbackfriday with Lindsey Valenzuela.  Lindsey is a longtime friend and first pro athlete who let me help guide her pregnancy and postpartum athleticism chapters. (Follow the P&PA coaches and athletes at @pregnancyandpostpartumathleticism and Lindsey on Instagram @liftlikelindsey). We didn’t actually start working together as coach/athlete until the beginning of …

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Part 1: diastasis recti, abdominoplasty & considerations for the female athlete

October 18, 2018 | 8 Comments

I have (mostly, uncomfortably, incredibly anxiously) decided to get an abdominoplasty early next year. I can’t believe I am writing this, nevertheless committing to even considering it. It feels heavy, embarrassing, complicated and overwhelming to share, but it’s important for me, and maybe for you. Before you read the last chapters of a long, long …

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Write Your Timeline

April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently, my “value” was questioned. It hurt my feelings and made me reflect a lot. This prompted me to do a writing assignment for my processing and evidence. It was really rewarding to write down the change in trajectory that often gets forgotten when we are so busy building and withstanding. 

When Given the Chance

August 17, 2017 | 9 Comments

4 years ago I laid on the operating table, helpless, terrified, trying to stay conscious after close to 30 hours of unmedicated labor and a baby who’s heart rate had dropped dramatically. I was told if they didn’t get him out immediately, he would suffer from brain damage or death.     I held my …

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