Have you heard of diastasis recti? I birthed three kids before I knew about it! Diastasis recti is abdominal separation - when your abdominal muscles do not fully come back together (over time) after giving birth. If you’ve had multiple...
As COVID-19 surges across the United States and around our state, I’m noticing an alarming trend—more Minnesotans are choosing to put off care they need. And though the virus is a pressing concern for all of us, the fact...

The Diet Dilemma

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One of my favorite things about being pregnant and nursing was that I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain excess weight. I piled on the portions over the years with no negative consequences, but now that this...
Raise your hand if you’re exhausted. Raise your hand if you’re feeling STRESSED OUT. Raise your hand if you’re just really overwhelmed with life right now. Are you sitting there with your hand up? Me too.  Our day to day...
When most people think of October, fall leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice, Halloween, and pumpkins come to mind. But if you are someone who has had breast cancer, all you see is pink. You walk into the grocery store...
Remember the early days of this pandemic when there was a veritable run on hand sanitizer, amongst other normally basic household items? It seemed as though overnight, toilet paper, eggs and hand sanitizer became worth more than my car.  Now,...
This is a back-to-school like no other! Usually, we talk about the flu or how often kids contract colds or run fevers. This year, Minnesota moms are bracing for an entirely different school year thanks to COVID-19. No matter...
Ear tubes are a common procedure that many children experience. In fact, over one million ear tube surgeries are performed in the United States each year. This means that nearly 1 in 15 children in the US will receive...
With my third pregnancy, I thought I knew what to expect when it came to having my 2nd c-section and fourth child. However, going in for my weekly ultrasound and blood pressure check at 36 weeks changed all of...
With my running shoes in hand, I tiptoe out the front door, closing it gently so as not to wake the napping house. It is early but already the sun creeps from behind the trees casting a glow over...
Kids like to spread the love—in hugs and kisses, snuggles and tickles. Ask a child to social distance and you’ll find them bent over some game head-to-head with a friend. So what’s a parent to do during a pandemic...
Life has looked different for many months. Whether working from home, caring for children, supporting distance learning or some combination of the above, there is little time to be alone or take care of yourself. As we continue to...
We want to connect moms who are seeking help to resources within our community that can provide hope. Below are several organizations that can help with issues related to mental health and abuse. "So please reach out. Connect with that...
Welcome to the Twin Cites Mom Collective Health Guide! We've gathered together a wealth of resources for you from OB's and Doulas, to shopping and Pediatric specialists of all kinds. Whether you're a first time mom looking for your child's...

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I had packed in record time while my two three-year-old boys—Cooper & Quincy—and my four-year-old daughter—Miloh—buzzed around me with excitement. Long ago, I had...
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