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Postpartum Core Injuries are More Common Than You Think

This is so common…You are not alone!

Thank you to Niki Jones for sharing her story!

My personal back injury postpartum is how I actually got started into this world of core rehab.

Waking up each day with debilitating back pain, daily frustration and dumbfounded doctors, I knew there had to be another way.

Another way, a BETTER way, not only for me since I injured my back, but another way for all the moms out there struggling.

The struggle is real…in every way.

👉🏾We have weight loss goals and expectations that don’t match our current bodies or realities as a new mom

👉🏾We aren’t sure where to turn or what to do when things “don’t feel right down there”

👉🏾We push ourselves and don’t listen to our bodies and their needs or messages

👉🏾When things aren’t feeling right we go see practitioners and doctors to help us but get limited results

👉🏾We enrol in mom and baby bootcamp or yoga or workout classes because we want our workouts to be led but end up in pain, worse shape or leaking pee when we jump or run

👉🏾We are still peeing our pants years later or being recommended for surgeries that don’t help long term

What is a FitMama to do?

Well look no further!

Check out the videos and recommendations I have provided on the Love FitMama YouTube channel as well as in The Love FitMama Way book.

Transforming the core of motherhood happens as we all highlight and share the stories of injury, pain, releasing old conditioning, fear and issues postpartum that keep us all stuck.

Don’t buy into the myth that looking a certain way after baby is your source of self-worth.

You are worthy already FitMama and losing weight is NOT your life’s purpose.

Just getting started on core rehab and needing to support your core?

  1. Book an appointment with a pelvic floor physiotherapist who can tell you exactly what’s happening in your deep core and pelvic floor.
  2. Schedule time for you to sit and breathe first. Before all the other “stuff” gets done. Core transformation starts from within – and you can do it yourself from the comfort of your own home – WHEN you create the time and space for it (yes, you create time).
  3. Start here to safely work your core.

Keep me posted on how things are going for you and share this with a FitMama who is still in pain or peeing her pants, be the one who shares with her, “You don’t have to live like that!”

Much love,

Jen 💞

 

Postpartum Differences Globally

 

This week on the TKO show with Kara Ro we discuss the differences globally with maternity leaves, postnatal health and personal care and postpartum self-love trends.

Tune in now to hear our conversation about how The Love FitMama Way book is truly helping to Transform the Core of Motherhood around the world.

Don’t wait and say, “I wish I knew this sooner.” We discuss deep core related issues that need to be resolved and rehabbed postpartum so you’re not dealing with inner core dysfunction for much of your life as has been the status quo.

Please share and comment, I would love to hear from you!!

Love Jen

Live Talk at True Fitness Windsor

Postpartum Fitness, Fat loss and Feeling Fabulous! #strengthenyourroots

Attention Windsor FitMamas!

Live talk with me Jen Oliver happening at True Fitness Windsor at 6:30 pm at their Tecumseh Rd. location.

The video explains what I will be talking about and I am so excited to start signing copies of my book The Love FitMama Way Transforming the Core of Motherhood.

Hard copies available on Amazon or signed copies available from Yours Truly!

Please email me jen@jenoliver.com for your copy or PM/DM me on Facebook or Instagram @lovejenoliver

I am so looking forward to meeting you live and sharing the research backed wisdom and education that will help you on your journey to being a FitMama for life!

Being a FitMama all starts with love,

Join me LIVE!

See you soon,

Hugs,

Love Jen

Workout With Me! #8DayChallenge

Hey FitMama,

This week in the FitMama Facebook Group, we have an 8 day Fitness Challenge going on designed to get us moving, waking up our body, getting into a routine around fitting fitness in without a gym or fancy equipment.

Just you. Just moving. Just feeling good (maybe a little sore the next day).

I had so much fun doing this live in the group and this and the other videos of me working out with you are up on the @lovefitmama YouTube channel.

Please subscribe to follow as I add more and more workouts and informative videos (plus all podcasts go up there!)

Don’t miss a thing at FitMama!

Let me know in the comments how you enjoyed the workout.

I felt so so good!! I know you will too.

Have a great day, see you in the group FitMama,

Hugs,

Love Jen

8 Day Fitness Challenge

Hey FitMama!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018, it’s fitness time!!

I am so excited to kick off this year with an 8 Day Fitness Challenge in our FitMama Group on Facebook.

Download your copy here.

Join us for the daily accountability, I recommend getting your workout in first thing in the morning if you can.

Later in the day is fine too but getting it done first thing ensures it gets done with minimal chance of interruption.

I will be doing them LIVE at 6 am EST in the group.

NB: FitMama, if you have been up multiple times in the night, I recommend SLEEP instead of getting up to exercise. Your body and nervous system will thank you and you are less likely to need to down multiple cups of coffee or cookies to get through your day.

Can’t wait to see you in the group!

Hugs,

Love Jen

Are you putting your self worth into your weight?

The Jen & Kerri Show

Are you putting all your worth into your weight FitMama? Literally and figuratively? We spend endless time, money and energy on adjusting, changing or “fixing” our bodies.

Tune in as I discuss the pitfalls of this thinking with the Leader of the Diet Rebellion and Naturopathic Doctor, Kerri Fullerton.

Kerri and I recorded a series of videos that questions some of the “norms” in the fitness and health industry.

Are you falling prey to these limiting thoughts and behaviours?

We dig into the research and offer solutions to living a life you love in a body you love, now.

Don’t push off life to wait until you hit that “magical number.”

Start appreciation and self love now.

Please comment and let us know your experience with this.

Oh, and please share with your friends.

Let’s align with Kerri’s mission to raise a generation of kids who love themselves for who they are not what they look like.

Hugs,

Love Jen

 

Core Connection

FitMama, I know you are like me, in that you want to feel strong, confident, gorgeous, sexy, happy, free. I wake up every morning with that intention for the day and go to bed at night with this in mind.

Our Core Connection Challenge is a regular part of what we talk about in our FitMama Facebook Group where we FitMamas hang out. We do this challenge often in the group as a reminder that this is needed by us daily. Attention. Quiet. Breathing. Connecting to ourselves. Quieting the noise inside us and around us all the time.

The goal of this challenge is to have you connect deeper into your inner core, the muscles that hold up your organs and allow you to do the exercises, workouts and activities in life that you do.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), Diastasis Recti (DR) and SI joint injuries are very real and will very much negatively affect your life if they aren’t tended to.

These are dysfunctions of the pelvic floor and deep inner core and require attention.

Go see a pelvic health physiotherapist who specializes in the function of the deep core and pelvic floor specifically.

I hurt myself badly pushing too hard to fit into a mom/fitness ideal that didn’t suit me. It didn’t suit me because I just had a baby. In other words, I pushed a human out of my vagina. My vagina is connected to my pelvic floor which is one of my deep inner core muscles.

Organs can fall out through the pelvic floor to create a POP and it isn’t something you want. Your linea alba thins on your rectus abdominis to make space for your baby and this causes a DR. This needs time to heal and almost all women postpartum have some degree of DR after they have a baby.

I hurt my back using an SI joint belt that worked against me due to relaxin, the hormones in my blood stream postpartum. I pinched a nerve and rotated my pelvis and this coupled with the weakness in my core postpartum, I really hurt myself. This gave me almost 3 years of consistent chronic sciatic pain and immobility. Additionally, I had to give up a job I loved as a part time personal trainer while I had my young girls 1 and 3 at home.

Let me tell you from first hand experience. This was horrible.

I was miserable.

I felt like crying every day and every night.

The pain didn’t stop. Neither did my responsibilities. I had a 18month old that I breastfed and lifted in and out of her crib. I had an active 3 year old that I wanted to experience her mom active with her.

I was raging inside and didn’t know how to fix myself so I got sad.

Anyway, long story short…

Connecting to my core, breathing deeply, healing my fear and pain one breath at a time by facing them head on – is what ultimately allowed me to heal.

What are you not facing?

What will connecting deeper to your core through breathing do for you?

Watch this video to breathe with me.

Please join the conversation, I want to hear from you.

Hugs,

Love Jen

Don’t be a Prisoner of the Plan

Are you finding yourself stuck and bored with food? Maybe you have become a prisoner of the plan.

Often we can feel guilty or have regret and shame over eating things that weren’t on the plan, and truthfully, the negative feelings will leave us feeling way worse than the food ever would have.

Watch the video for more on that and also do these:

  • TUNE IN: Choose your food wisely – by listening to your body.
  • TUNE OUT: The old rules. Sometimes foods you thought were “good” were actually causing your problems.
  • TUNE IN: Prepare for your self sabotage or old habit patterns by becoming aware of them (write them down).
  • TUNE OUT: Forget the excuses or the “should, could, have to” talk and get deeper into WHY you want to eat healthier (or start a new lifestyle habit).

Find us talking more about this and other related topics in our Facebook Community.

See you there,

Hugs, Jen

On BEING love

 

 

How are you showing love, compassion and kindness to yourself today? Coming from and staying in this state of BEING #love ❤️is easier said than done (as all things are), but when it comes to ourselves especially, it can feel like moving mountains ⛰

We find it easier to give and receive love from others but when compassion and kindness for ourselves comes up, we have a way easier time beating ourselves up and using words like, “could have, should have, need to, have to and can’t.” These words can sound benign but they undermine us at a deep level. And this is actually most often our default mode.

I hear from FitMamas daily, “I am my worst enemy.” Just because this is common, this does not mean it’s okay!

My daily mission is to be the opposite of that for myself first (pure unconditional love) and by being it, I’m giving you permission to be that too.

Your own biggest supporter, fan and advocate.

To just BE love.

I still have days and weeks where my deep-seated regret, anger and frustration towards me for the back injury that I gave to myself almost 3 years ago brings me to my knees in tears.

Even though I’ve been rehabbing, surrendering and healing, I still feel myself feeling sorry for myself and reacting in a way that doesn’t serve me or those around me.

I’ve been helping countless moms show love to themselves through embracing where they’re at, honouring their needs and rehabbing their core postpartum and though my back still hurts me physically, mentally and emotionally each day, helping others gives me strength.

I can honestly say it’s been the best life lesson I could have created and I am learning to embody my body in a whole new way.

The only words that seem to bring solace on the hard days is “I forgive you Jen.”

Because deep down I know I deserve it.

I know that in admitting this and forgiving myself a little more each day, I can keep supporting others and it will in turn support me in healing my pain.

Thank you for being on this journey with me! I am here to support you to forgive yourself daily for your imperfections. Knowing they are perfect.

Forgiveness has truly been my window to living pain free inside and out. I know it works and it’s the start of something much deeper.

What words to yourself move you into a state of grace, reverence and self love?

Please join us in our Facebook Group where we are sharing mindful self love daily <3

Hugs,

Love Jen

Core Connection Challenge

FitMama,

Join us for a 5 Day Core Connection Challenge!

Want to learn to exercise safely (without peeing your pants), feel stronger in your core and feel connected and in control of your body?

Doing this challenge daily for 5 days will give you a deeper understanding of the what and how that go into strengthening your roots.

Want to know what that means? It’s all about feeling good from within. Breathing love into your body and embracing, nurturing and enjoying the body you’re in right now.

Connecting your mind to the deep inner core unit of your body will allow for a transformation you may not have been expecting.

Rehabilitating. Healing. Strengthening.

Wherever on the journey you are at.

Join us in the FitMama Facebook Community to connect and learn more.

See you online!

Hugs,

Love Jen