womens health

Rachel Welch on the 'That's Total Momsens'e podcast with Kanika Chadda Gupta

017: Rachel Welch — Yoga and Fitness for Your Pre and Post-Baby Body

017: Rachel Welch — Yoga and Fitness for Your Pre and Post-Baby Body 1024 512 Chase Jennings

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body and spirit.

It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.

Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health from reducing stress, inflammation and improves breathing, sleep, happiness, strength, flexibility, and mood. 

My guest today is Rachel Welch, who is a women’s health advocate and post natal fitness pioneer and expert. Her life-elevating fitness method empowers women with the knowledge and skills to understand, heal and embody motherhood from the inside-out. 

Revolution Motherhood™ Fitness Method merges Yoga, Soft Foam Rolling, PT, Pilates, Bootcamp and Breath into empowering, inspirational workouts.  Rachel brilliantly fuses education, alignment and strength training into progressively challenging sequences so that you start to see and feel results immediately.  Whether you are newly post baby, just beginning a workout routine, or have a strong fitness lifestyle, Rachel will maximize your workouts, tone your core, glutes, thighs and arms, and leave you feeling open, strong, balanced and confident.

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Show Notes:

  • 01:34 – Introduction (what is Yoga?)
  • 03:37 – What should pregnant women do to ensure a healthy and easy delivery?
  • 04:45 – Learning to adapt and change your practice
  • 05:17 – How Rachel began her journey
  • 09:40 – Postnatal recovery
  • 12:01 – The importance of physical therapists
  • 14:20 – Creating a mindful strength training practice
  • 17:50 – Recovery
  • 19:00 – Your body is a pressure chamber
  • 21:05 – Your pelvic floor 
  • 22:40 – Yoga triggers weight loss
  • 24:45 – Two of Rachel’s top ‘Mom Sense’ moments
  • 26:14 – Quote of the Day
  • 27:47 – Mom Haul

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006: Taraneh Shirazian, M.D. — What to Expect When You’re Done Expecting

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When I found I was pregnant, the first thing my sister in law gave me was the book – What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Since the early 80s, it’s been the bible of a mother-to-be’s pregnancy journey. And now we have apps like The Bump, Ovia, Sprout, WebMD Pregnancy, and more that walk us through each trimester week by week illustrating how our baby goes from being the size of a blueberry to a watermelon.

But what happens next? How come we aren’t as informed about what happens during postpartum? I personally asked my OBGYN a bajillion questions and she was a fellow twin mom so had a lot of advice relevant to my situation. During my hospital stay after my c-section, I must have befriended at least 6 RNs who were taking care of me during various shifts and they were all very helpful and chatty and didn’t hesitate to give me their 2 cents. And of course, I was searching every topic under the sun on Google and YouTube from from — how long does it take to recover from a c-section to when will my milk come in.

On this episode, we’re going to do a crash course on what to expect after you have your baby or  babies and how to feel mentally prepared with all the things that happen after pregnancy – essentially, what to expect to expect when you’re done expecting.

My guest on this episode is intrepid mother of two, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Dr. Tara for short. She’s an ob/gyn, practicing gynecologic surgeon and an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Tara is recognized as an international leader in global women’s health and a frequently cited expert in this field. She is also an accomplished researcher focused on interventions designed to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality, with work published in prominent medical journals such  as the American Journal of Perinatology and ACOG Today. She launched a company called Mommy Matters because a simple truth: women everywhere find it hard to focus on their own comfort and recovery during pregnancy and after childbirth. Mom takes care of everyone else, but who takes care of mom? Mommy Matters has products including a pregnancy pillow and postpartum kit.

Dr. Shirazian is also the founder of Saving Mothers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications in low-resource settings. Saving Mothers believes no woman should die giving life.

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Show Notes:

  • 4:30 – What happens to the body during pregnancy
  • 10:00 – Symptoms we face during pregnancy – morning sickness, hemorrhoids, and more!
  • 12:45 – What is the best labor scenario?
  • 17:00 – Breach presentation babies and unforeseen circumstances during labor
  • 18:56 – Natural vs. cesarian labor
  • 23:00 – Epidural and its effects
  • 27:15 – What to know about having a c-section
  • 30:40 – Emotional and physical side effects during postpartum
  • 33:00 – Breastfeeding and lactation consultants
  • 33:50 – What happens during recovery
  • 42:00 – Dr. Shirazian’s Mom Sense moment

005: Caroline Zwickson — Rediscovering Yourself (After Kids)

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A common theme moms face during postpartum is not being able to recognize ourselves and feeling a sense of loss of our former identity. I wanted to be a mother more than anything, but even I went through these emotions in my head. I felt blessed to have kids, but also hated my body and how I had less time to myself, my work, and my interests. I remember looking in the mirror after I had my third baby (which was 18 months after I had delivered twins) and I just wanted to cry. I saw my weight gain and this puffy face looking back at me and I just didn’t feel like myself. If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone.

>On this episode, I am joined by Caroline Zwickson. She is a Certified Women’s Health & Life Coach and the creator of the Well Mama program.Caroline earned her Master in Counseling Psychology and obtained her Health Coach Certification from The Integrative Women’s Health Institute.  She is a passionate mother who supports fellow moms in creating holistic and thriving health as they rediscover their identity as a woman and mother. Her focus is to help clients create optimal hormonal balance and discover true emotional well-being through functional nutrition, positive psychology, transformative life coaching tools, and lifestyle adjustments. With Caroline’s expertise and dedication, her clients discover what it truly means to flourish in motherhood and in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Caroline currently lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.

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Show Notes:

  • 3:19 – What is postpartum depression vs. postpartum anxiety
  • 8:00 – Misdiagnosis due to a thyroid issue
  • 10:00 – How your world changes post baby
  • 13:00 – Rediscovering our new identity
  • 14:50 – Self love vs. self honorship
  • 16:00 – How our cycle is tied to the moon
  • 18:00 – Nutrients you may be in deficient in during postpartum
  • 20:00 – Postpartum diet and hormonal health
  • 25:55 – Postpartum depression and anxiety resources
  • 30:28 – Caroline’s mom sense moment
  • 34:04 – Quote of the Day
  • 36:00 – Mom Haul

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