The 6 week postpartum checkup taunts moms who suffered from childbirth injuries. Personally, I still couldn’t WALK without pain at my checkup. My midwives assured me I would eventually recover, which was both true and not true — TRUE because the major tears slowly healed, and progressive strength training gave me back enough function — … Continue reading Childbirth Injuries and the Arbitrary 6 Weeks
In diastasis recti forums, women are swapping recipes for bone broth, recommending collagen supplements, and authoritatively advising on specific vitamin combinations. They need to stop. This advice is based on dietary myths, myths perpetuated by some of the foremost experts on the postpartum tummy. The advice feels logical. If a diastasis is caused by damage … Continue reading Diastasis Recti Nutrition Myths (Put Down That Bone Broth)
According to the internet, the best way to happiness is slapping a smile on your face, which means those annoying guys who catch you in a moment of RBF — aka “normal face” — and then demand you “smile” are actually doing you a favor. This is because the smiling science says we can improve … Continue reading Does Smiling Give You a Better Body Image?
Bellies get a lot of body image blame. Postpartum women, in particular, try to excise their midsections as quickly as possible; no one wants to get the “when are you due” question while cradling her 6 month old. And personally, my postpartum belly was my body image Achilles heel. In other words, I drew a … Continue reading The Faulty Logic Conflating Postpartum Bellies with Body Image