How to LOL Without Peeing Your Pants (Part 1)

How to LOL Without Peeing Your Pants (Part 1)

Hello there!  My name is Jaclyn and I’m a certified pelvic health physiotherapist. Many people don't know my job exists. I can’t say that I blame them. A few years ago, I didn't know either. Then I had babies…3 to be exact and now pelvic health is one of my biggest passions.

Usually people avoid talking about the pelvic area because bodily functions here are considered personal and private.  Functions such as going to the bathroom aren’t talked about when they are working properly, let alone when they’re not.  Thank God for girlfriends though!  Girlfriends don't mind talking about personal things.  They’ll get that conversation started!  And it’s a good thing too or none of us would ever know that other people also have issues.

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Burritos, Balance and Bananas - How To Stay Sane On The Nutrition Train

Burritos, Balance and Bananas - How To Stay Sane On The Nutrition Train

This blog post is not your typical guide. Are you ready for your Nutritionist and Yoga teacher to tell you your how-to’s for the week? Or, your 5-step program to elation? Well sorry, this is not that kind of guide or post. It is one of listening to yourself. It is a guide to eating healthy, but also a guide to throwing in the towel shamelessly eating a burrito in bed with nothing but a T-shirt and underwear on while binge watching Grace and Frankie. (If you haven’t seen this show yet, you must!)

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Honouring your fitness journey in pregnancy

Honouring your fitness journey in pregnancy

With one quick search on Google for “prenatal fitness” or “postpartum exercise” you will come across a barrage of sites that promise a “belly only pregnancy” or “get back to your pre-baby body” or my favourite, a picture of a three day postpartum woman with a miraculously flat belly. How does this make you feel? How is this supposed to make us feel?

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The Breastmilksicle: summer's coolest and most nutritious treat!

The Breastmilksicle: summer's coolest and most nutritious treat!

Parents, it’s getting hot out there. Some of the more frequent questions I get over the hot summer months are:

“Should I be giving my baby water?” and“How can I help Baby stay cool and hydrated?”

When it comes to the breastfed baby, there is no need to worry too much about water. Breast milk has got you covered! It has all the hydrating, nourishing, and body regulating components needed to keep your baby safe and well hydrated.

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There’s more potential waiting to shine on ...

 There’s more potential waiting to shine on ...

Living someone else’s dream? Holding back on something big because there’s fear? Tending to everyone else but you? Got bigger things in mind? Don’t know what the future looks like? Want to show up better? Need to slow down to figure it all out?

Yes, yes, yes! You answered yes, because there’s a hell of a lot more potential inside of you waiting to shine on.

All of us can relate to the questions above. Sometimes we cop it up to, “that’s just life”, or, “I guess this is what life has in store for me.” Here’s another one, “I don’t have the resources, both time or money, to spend on me right now.” 

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Top 5 "Must-Knows" for Breastfeeding a Newborn

Top 5 "Must-Knows" for Breastfeeding a Newborn

Breastfeeding a newborn can feel like such a daunting task. Those first few hours, and first few days can seem to contain so many unexpected unknowns. But rest assured, you and your baby know exactly what to do. You have everything within you to be a badass breastfeeding parent. Here are my top 5 “must knows” for that first week.

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100 Days of Happiness

100 Days of Happiness

I made a commitment to change my perspective, so that one day I could honestly tell my child his story of the early years as memories filled with one day after the other of HAPPY MOMENTS. And so I began my own reflective journey to find at least 1 moment in each day for 100 DAYS OF HAPPINESS.

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Holiday Presence - Guided Meditation

Holiday Presence - Guided Meditation

Lights, snow, food, and fun are all indicative of the festive holiday season; but, for some of us they are joined by stress, anxiety, and frenzy.  How can we keep our cool and share in the joy of the holidays?  A key step is recognizing what concerns us, and then identifying whether it can be changed or simply let go.  Then, we have room to focus on what truly matters.  
Using the following guided meditation, I encourage you to take a well-earned rest from hurried holiday preparations and set your intentions on a holiday filled with all that warms your heart.
 

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Dear Pain, it’s time to get moving…

Dear Pain, it’s time to get moving…

The human body is made for movement, and as humans, we have explored the glorious potential of that movement. Picture a Cirque de Soleil acrobat, a gymnast, a marathon runner and best of all – a child at play.  The human body did not evolve to sit in a chair, or car, or remain static and still for hours at time.  Our bodies crave movement, yet when we feel pain, we begin to be afraid to move. 

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Q & A with Dr. Holly Beckley

Q & A with Dr. Holly Beckley

Question: “What is the best type of pillow or mattress?”

Answer:

This is a question that comes up a lot in my practice. In my opinion, there isn’t one best brand or style. You have to find the one that suits you best and that can be a challenge. There are certainly a huge variety of options out there on the market and picking out just the right one can be quite overwhelming, not to mention expensive.

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Acupuncture for ALL Stages of Pregnancy

Acupuncture for ALL Stages of Pregnancy

Depending on the concern, acupuncture can have a wide range of therapeutic effects. During pregnancy some of the most notable effects include: stress reduction, downward movement of qi, cervical ripening and can support productive uterine contractions with less pain during labour.

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5 ways to boost your confidence about giving birth

5 ways to boost your confidence about giving birth

1. change the conversation – beautiful pregnant bellies are often seen by others as invitations to share birth stories. Although the intentions for sharing may be sincere, most birth stories shared in our culture focus on pain, fear, and complications. Stories that breed self-doubt and fear of childbirth. Women who have given birth have incredible wisdom and by asking a few simple questions, you have the power to change the conversation and access the wisdom you really want and need to know.

 

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