Pregnancy is wonderful and exciting! So is becoming a new mom!
A healthy body and mind are essential for preparing your body to grow a baby, creating an environment for baby to flourish, and for feeding & providing baby (and mom) with everything needed as your little one enters the world. You want to do all you can to be healthy for baby and to feel your best. But maybe you aren’t quite sure where to start…. that’s where I come in.
A little bit about me….
Please, call me Katie. I’m a wife and mama to a sweet little girl.
I was raised in the Philadelphia area, spent the last few years living in Boston, and now reside outside of London. I’m a U.S. trained Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia. I have spent the better part of a decade in Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Heart Transplant, and Dermatologic & Reconstructive Surgery, where I had the privilege of caring for some incredible people. I completed my Health Coach training with the world renowned pediatrician William Sears, M.D. and the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.
I want you to be healthy but most importantly I want you to feel good and be happy. Wellness is about balance. Yes, you should eat well and get out there and move and keep your mind healthy BUT it is also about fun and friends and wine and finding joy in life. It’s about being the best YOU that you can be so you can also be the best wife/mama/sister/daughter/friend.
A little bit about me as a mama….
I loved being pregnant. Aside from some food aversions (chicken!), swollen legs, & some trouble sleeping, I felt great. I kept fit with prenatal Yoga and Barre, hikes with our dog, and running (doctor approved as I was a regular pavement pounder). Getting out in the fresh air helped keep up my energy as well (especially in the frigid Boston winter!). Staying fit helped me with my labor and helped my body recover a bit quicker after giving birth.
I was completely in love from the moment they put that tiny little baby on my chest. But being a new mom is tough! My little one suffered severe colic. At the recommendation of our doctors, I completely cut dairy and soy from my diet. It was HARD. And didn’t help much….. She cried non stop. I barely slept. I struggled with providing enough milk through breastfeeding. It feels so disheartening as a mom to not be able to fix what is wrong. It’s like you aren’t able to do the one job you have…. But we got through it. Almost 2 years in, and she is now the happiest, sweetest little lady.
Being a mama is incredible, but it can also be a struggle. It helps to have support and someone to help you navigate through the tough parts. I’m here to help you.
A little bit about my lifestyle….
Balance. I aim to make healthy choices 85% of the time – 6 days out of 7 in a week – and I let myself splurge the rest. I eat real, whole foods as much as possible. I try to make the healthy part enjoyable too, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out. If I’ve gone overboard, I definitely feel it.
I would love to get a workout in most days but it just doesn’t happen… I have a toddler! So my goal is just to move everyday. We might walk to the playground or the library or play horsie in the living room…. something that gets my body going. I try to fit in a 30 minute yoga, pilates, or barre home workout 3 days a week and one longer one on the weekend. Sometimes I get lucky and get in more and sometimes I get in less. If the weather and baby both cooperate, I try to fit in a walk or run twice a week with a sleeping beauty in the stroller.
Mostly, I try to be realistic. I do what I can and I try not to feel guilty about eating an extra cookie or missing a workout. If I feel good and my heart is full and happy, then I consider it a win.
Do I wish I was fitter? Yes. Got more sleep? Yes. Had more energy? Yes. But would I trade happiness & a glass of wine for chiseled abs? No. A million times no.