COMMUNITY & RESOURCES FOR NEW & EXPECTING MAMAS!
I grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington and have spent most of my life in the PNW. I got my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Oregon. After college, I spent some time living and traveling abroad. I moved to South Korea and taught English. While I was living there I traveled throughout Asia. Then I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ve always felt interested in learning about people and different communities. I returned to the US to pursue my graduate degrees in Nutrition and Mental Health at Bastyr University and I’ve worked as a Certified Nutritionist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2012. I spent 4 years working as a therapist and nutrition educator at an eating disorder treatment center and in 2017 I started specializing in prenatal and postpartum wellness.
My favorite thing is helping women feel that they are not alone in their struggles. It feels so good to be able to offer support, both emotionally and with education and resources.
My interest in working with pregnant and postpartum women grew out of my own personal experiences related to self-care, mindfulness and community support during the pregnancy and postpartum period. It helped me realize the need and importance of supporting women throughout pregnancy and motherhood.
Big question! I think that firstly it means living authentically as myself and true to my values. It means doing my best to be a kind person and embracing my imperfections.
It’s so messy, and that’s normal.
Cooking/eating nourishing and delicious food, exercise, yoga, meditation, sleep, time with friends
Compassion and tolerance
As someone with a history of disordered eating and poor body image, and who has also worked with hundreds of women struggling with those issues, I’ve learned that body image is complicated and it’s dynamic. It ebbs and flows alongside our emotional and psychological experiences. It definitely changes during pregnancy and childbirth when our bodies go through such an immense transformation. Some days I feel completely at ease and comfortable with the way I look, and other days I feel uncomfortable and disgusting in my own skin. Some days I can focus on how my incredible body grew and birthed my twins, other days, all I can see is how my stomach skin will NEVER be the same. I think that’s all normal. I’ve learned to notice the thoughts and feelings that arise about my body without getting attached to them. Most importantly is knowing that even if I’m having a “bad body image day” my body is still worth taking good care of.
If you’ve recently had a baby, it can feel extra challenging to feel positively about your body. There are so many changes that your body goes through during pregnancy and childbirth and they are all completely out of your control. Your postpartum body might feel completely foreign and uncomfortable to you. Here are a few things that can be helpful for navigating post-baby body image.