When I was pregnant with my twins, I thought I had a handle on how to stay in shape and hold onto my pre-baby body. After all, I had nearly twenty years of experience as a personal trainer and had spent thousands of hours teaching clients and other instructors how to get strong through pilates and yoga. When I envisioned myself as a mom, I saw me dancing with my kiddos or biking and hiking with babies in tow. I imagined their first runs down the ski slope; their first tastes of the wild herbs, fruits, and vegetables that I grow in our garden.
I was not prepared for the reality of postpartum depression or how disorienting it would be to have my core literally split in two through diastasis recti or just how long it would take for me to feel like myself again, period. But I’m a problem solver by nature. When my doctor couldn’t give me any good answers, I did my own research. I was already a trained community herbalist and practiced at making my own tinctures and teas — it’s been eleven years since I’ve needed to take a conventional medication! So I began to experiment and discovered which herbal blends best support a woman’s postpartum body, and how to heal from pregnancy and childbirth, inside and out. I studied with Dr. Aviva Romm to become a certified women’s herbal educator and designed my own custom Pelvic Pow-HER program, which guides women through the process of rehabilitating their pelvic floor, healing diastasis recti and rebuilding a strong, functional core.