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The Postpartum Circle

A podcast for women who want to heal their body naturally in the YEARS after birth. Here, we dive into nutrition, sleep, hormone balance, fitness, and so much more. Hosted by Maranda Bower, Postpartum Bliss Coach and Womb Whisperer®, international speaker, 4-time best-selling author, creator of the Postpartum Nutrition Plan and Certification Program, and so much more. Join me as we dive into important topics surrounding your body and your healing after birth.

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Exercising in Postpartum: What you need to know from Bethany Gerry

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/exercising-in-postpartum-what-you-need-to-know-from-bethany-gerry-podcast-ep17/We have a very special guest, Bethany Gerry, on the podcast today! Bethany is going to be sharing her expertise on exercising during postpartum. Bethany is a fitness and wellness coach, and she specializes in the postpartum years. She's also a retired Olympian.The information that Bethany has is slightly different from what you hear in the mainstream postpartum wellness industry. I've actually had the privilege of working with Bethany over the course of a few years now. She's also someone who's taken the postpartum nutrition certification, she makes it a priority for fitness and overall wellness with her clients because she knows better than most that they go hand in hand. Be sure to share any thoughts you have on this episode in a review and follow so you don’t miss the weekly release of episodes!In this episode, we share with you:Sharing Bethany’s storyHow she became an OlympianGoing from an Olympian to where she is nowBeing a personal trainer while being an Olympic athleteI didn’t feel right after weaning my daughterMy doctor said it was depressionWorking with a functional medicine doctorI had to heal my body Knowing where to start to heal your body after having a babyWorking out after a baby can be an added stressorIf our body is saying this is not right, you need to listen to itIf you need rest and nutrition then do thatWe underestimate the impact growing a person in our bodyHave more respect for your bodyAllow yourself time to healBeing cleared by a doctor at six weeks, then go back to normal lifeThis initial period of healing is so essentialRebuilding your foundation from the ground upRetraining breathing patternsStart that routine of self-careFloor based exercisesCreating a foundation in which your body is going to operate from not just physically but hormonally and emotionally- The Holistic Postpartum Nutrition Training for Pros can be found at:https://marandabower.com/training- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Where to find me:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

22mins

18 Jul 2021

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Hormone and Nutrition Testing, What You Need to Know

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/hormone-and-nutrition-testing-what-you-need-to-know-podcast-ep16/Does hormone and nutrition testing really help you get a better idea of your health and needs? A colleague of mine asked about my thoughts on these two very particular tests regarding hormone and nutrition testing. I wanted to share with all of you the answer I gave and why I feel the way I do on this particular topic.I will be explaining why these tests can be helpful, and why I also think you should do other things before getting these tests done depending on where you are in your journey. These tests only tell you that something is wrong but they don’t tell you what is causing the problem.Come listen so you can learn about the things you can do prior to going to get these tests run and where you should be focusing your effort initially. Be sure to drop any questions or thoughts you may have in a review or in my Facebook group The Postpartum Circle on Facebook! In this episode, I’m sharing with you:Does hormone and nutrition testing help?Why might someone want these tests done?What happens after the results come in?Supplements aren't helpful if your body is having trouble absorbing themYour body slows dramatically after giving birthYour body is in this survival stateProlong healing time with foods you are eatingInability to get the nutrients you needNot being able to absorb the nutrientsDon’t invest in a bunch of tests as your first stepYour first priority is to address your gut healthDeficiency levels are different based on where you liveSome tests won't give you the correct informationAfter addressing your gut health, you need to address your sleepIf you’re not getting enough sleep you can’t regulate your nutrient levels Then you need to address stress, negative self-talk, and traumaThese three things dictate hormone balanceThese components are so essential to addressing the woman’s whole bodyTest the digestive health and toxicity levels first before addressing hormones and getting those hormone testsFirst address the absorptionNext sleep and the other components to hormone balanceIf none of these work then go get testing- Join my Facebook group The Postpartum Circlehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/postpartumcircle-If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Where to find me:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

15mins

11 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Johanna's Story of Recovery

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/johannas-story-of-recovery-podcast-ep15/In this episode my guest, Johanna is going to be sharing the very personal story of her own postpartum battle. She just graduated from my one on one program and was in a very dark place before she met me.Johanna’s here to share her experience with everyone. She will tell us what brought her to the point of feeling as awful as she did to the courage to reach out for help and move forward to work with me. As well as where she is now and how my one on one program has gotten her to be able to do what she truly feels is her life's purpose.Come listen to Johanna’s postpartum story in this episode, and be sure to share it with friends and family. In this episode, I’m sharing with you:Introducing JohannaThe weight of postpartum issues prior to working with MarandaDepressed and anxiousWho were your support teams?Getting support from all of the doctors but they didn’t understand her postpartum bodyEnd results after working 1:1 with MarandaThe eating plan that Maranda helped her find has been the biggest piece for herBecoming more in-tune with your bodyMindset shiftsStarting her own business to be able to help others She feels like helping others is her life purposeMaranda’s one on one program can help anyone at any point in their postpartum journeyIt is okay to spend money on yourself and to work on yourself- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Where to find me:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

13mins

4 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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The Effects of Inflammation in Postpartum

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/the-effects-of-inflammation-in-postpartum-podcast-ep14/The topic of inflammation is one that I am incredibly passionate about. It is a work of science that is continually growing at really fast rates. What I'm going to be sharing with you about inflammation is very applicable not just to postpartum, but to women and men and people everywhere. Inflammation is the cause of disease, dysfunction, and so many other critical body function mishaps, both minute and ginormous. That being said, not all inflammation is bad! There are two main types of inflammation, acute inflammation, and chronic inflammation. Both serve important purposes in our bodies that are very different and we are about to deep dive into all of this information and the effects of different inflammation in your bodies, especially during postpartum, in this episode!In this episode, I’m sharing with you:InflammationAcute inflammation vs. chronic inflammationAcute Inflammation is meant to protect usChronic Inflammation can become toxic to our bodiesWhy Chronic Inflammation occursWays chronic inflammation presents itself in postpartum frequentlyWithout proper support in postpartum, natural acute inflammation can quickly turn chronicGut Health & Inflammation - Back to some anatomy basicsThe food we are using to fuel our bodies contributes to our gut healthGut-Inflammation Connection is KEY Without gut inflammation, most would NOT have brain inflammationThe relationship between gut health, inflammation, & mental healthInflammation is a trigger to depression, not the other way aroundThis common occurrence in Mom’sPostpartum depression, and why therapy only seems to do so muchAnother side to depression that isn’t being addressedThe need for a whole-body approach to wellness and healingInflammation in infants brain development due to Mother’s inflammationThe myth of your baby not being affected by inflammation & depressionThe potential link between ADHD in children and depression during pregnancyEffects this has on communitiesWhen Mother’s aren’t well, they aren’t able to contribute like they want toCaring for the mother is also impacting their children and their childrenThis is a generational problemCarbs, the difference between empty carbs and good carbsThe body needs & loves carbs- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Where to find me:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

28mins

27 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Postpartum Dads: Interview with Joshua Maze

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/postpartum-dads-interview-with-joshua-maze-podcast-ep13/While Mothers go through so much in postpartum, it’s important not to forget about the family unit and fathers during this huge change in everyone's life. In this episode, I chat with Joshua Maze about his personal journey through postpartum with his wife after they had their daughter & the different struggles he faced with his mental health prior to her birth, and how it continued to get increasingly worse after the baby arrived with depression and anxiety. We get into conversations that are so often not discussed, how postpartum affects Dad’s as well as Mom’s, and the importance of getting all important parties involved and offering support and guidance to them all. If you are struggling, and in need of some answers, especially immediately and you're not able to get in to see a provider, reach out to PSI (Postpartum Support International).This is a wonderful place to receive education and get the support that you need!PSI Phone number: 1-800-944-4773PSI Website  >>>>here<<<<In this episode, we share with you:Introducing Joshua MazeHis postpartum journeyFinding Postpartum Support International How depression can present itself differently, especially between males and femalesA huge transition for both parents, not just momsHow can we do better to support the entire family, not just the mom?Including the spouseOftentimes healthcare professionals neglect to support the whole familyScreening both parents for depressionMen generally do not get any parental leave & the issue with itStarting to see changeThe biggest piece of advice from Joshua for Mom listenersThe importance of communicationOffering support to your spouseIf you are struggling with your postpartum journey or know someone who is and need some answers, I encourage you to reach out to PSI for more education, support, and answers.PSI Phone number - 1-800-944-4773PSI Website - If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Work with me here:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>> https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website: https://marandabower.com/

20mins

20 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Neurological Feedback Loop of Your Postpartum Body

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/neurological-feedback-loop-of-your-postpartum-body-podcast-ep12/I am sharing this training that is going to be a deep dive into neurology. We all have a neurological feedback system in our bodies.  I am going to get a little “sciencey” on you but I promise it will be all worth it. The neurological feedback loop goes like this, if you think a thought, as your mind is registering that thought your body has already sent a corresponding emotion from the thought to your body. That emotion is essentially a bunch of hormones that are released into the bloodstream. This means that your body is not to be blamed for falling apart or causing you pain. It's simply the communication system that is happening within you based on the thoughts that are going on in your brain. The thoughts sent out, create emotions, which are hormones that are running through your body and affect every cell of your being. Your emotions are showing you where your awareness is, and where to focus to bring about change. So many of us spend a great deal of time focusing on the wrong area.This is POWERFUL stuff, if you’re intrigued, come listen in on the rest of the episode to see what tips I give on this neurological feedback loop during postpartum.In this episode, I’m sharing with you:The neurological feedback loopAre you just reacting to your emotions?Hormones are controlled by the nutrients in our bodyBalancing your thoughts How food plays a part in thisSleep, are you getting enough?What part sleep plays in all of thisAre you listening to your body?Time spent focusing on all the wrong thingsAddressing the main issues simultaneously to promote healingOur thoughtsThe food we are consumingSleep- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Where to find me:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

13mins

13 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Healing Amy: A 5 Year Long Postpartum Battle

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/healing-amy-a-5-year-long-postpartum-battle-podcast-ep-11/We have a very special guest, ‘Amy’, on the podcast today! Amy is going to be sharing the very personal story of her own postpartum battle. She works in the finance industry and was in a very dark place before she met me.Amy is a client of mine that went through a very long postpartum battle and has a powerful story that I believe will save others from going through the same thing. I am so excited to have her share her journey with all of you. Amy says that my one on one program is more than a do and don’t list. It is much more powerful and you can learn a lot about yourself through the journey. Come listen to Amy’s postpartum story in this episode, and be sure to share it with all your friends and family. In this episode, we share with you:Introducing AmyThe weight of postpartum issues prior to working with MarandaGuilt and shame Learning to peel back the layersTrying to get help from doctors, but getting nowhereEnd results after working with MarandaGaining a playbook that can be pulled out and used whenever something comes upBecoming more in tune with your bodyLayers that tend to be created in and after postpartum and the need to shed themEnjoying my life againIt’s much more than a To-Do, or Don’t-Do listHealing is not linearStart the postpartum healing journey earlier- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Resources:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>> https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website: https://marandabower.com/

17mins

6 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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How Birth Impacts Your Postpartum Years with Dominika Buck

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/how-birth-impacts-your-postpartum-years-interview-with-dominika-buck-podcast-ep10/We have a special guest, Dominika Buck on the podcast today! Dominika is a certified postpartum nutrition coach and business owner. She owns Above and Beyond Doula Care, which supports women in labor and during breastfeeding. We get into a deep conversation about how birth can impact not just weeks postpartum but years to come. Preparing for a friendly birth experience is what everyone wants to do but they rely too much on childbirth. What I mean by this is they tend to take childbirth classes and have an idea of what childbirth is “supposed” to be, and when that expectation doesn’t happen, they are left dealing with fear and overwhelm. But on the other hand, if you go into childbirth with no expectations you will feel like childbirth just happened to you and be left feeling out of control with the entire process. Having a doula will help you feel like you have complete control over the birthing process. Come listen in on all the goodness that Dominika shares in this episode, and be sure to share it with all your friends and family.I highly recommend that you go check out Dominika and all the amazing things she has to offer. She is out here sharing her amazing wisdom with the world! Where to Find Dominika:InstagramFacebookIf you would like to work with Dominika click  >>>here In this episode, I’m sharing with you:Introducing DominikaPreparing for a friendly birth experiencePreparing for childbirth is more common than preparing for postpartumTraumatic birth accounts for over 30% of all births in the USA onlyOur confidence in ourselves is shrinking because our childbirth is filled with so much fearPicking the doctor that you can trust 100% will help with the childbirth processOur partners, and the role and effect they have during birth How a doula can help you through the childbirth processHow to recover from a traumatic birth experienceBreaking the generational traumas of childbirth and postpartumUnderstanding the physiology of postpartumBreaking generational trauma starts with you.- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Resources:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>> https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website: https://marandabower.com/

25mins

30 May 2021

Rank #8

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Miscarriage and Loss

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/miscarriage-and-loss-podcast-ep9/We are going to be talking about a topic that is likely going to be the hardest episode we will ever do on this podcast. I believe that this information should be readily available to you but unfortunately, it is not. Therefore, I am going to end the tendency to brush off or minimize a miscarriage. This episode is going to be for everyone. Whether you have had a miscarriage or not, you will find valuable information in this. If you haven’t had a miscarriage, it is more than likely that someone in your life has, and this episode will give you some insight as to how to support them.Buckle up and get ready for an eye-opening episode. Let's work together and get the correct information out there and help each other through a difficult time.Be sure to share this podcast so we can change the stigmas and misinformation around miscarriage and loss. In this episode, I’m sharing with you:Miscarriages are thrown under the rug too much20% of all pregnancies end in loss1 in 5 pregnant women will experience a lossIn history, women who miscarried were deemed inadequateFeeling the pain of the women before usThere is no right or wrong way to feel We all mourn differentlyDon’t let people tell you how to or not to feel while experiencing this griefHow you grieve is 1,000% valid, no matter how it isGrief can manifest it into other health issues if not dealt withPsychosomaticsPsychoneuroimmunologyGrief will show up in so many ways, that doesn’t always feel or look like griefGrief is often masked as postpartum depressionDepression is simply a rational response to being overly stressed with no supportNot everyone will understand your painCommunicateIt doesn’t matter where in the pregnancy that the loss of a baby was experiencing, it is still a lossAsk how to support themMoms who have experienced a miscarriage won’t start the conversationFind the support to healYou are not alone in this journeyDon’t betray your bodyVerbalize your needsWe need to normalize miscarriagesIf you're not sure where to start, reach out to me, to someone you trust, or to your provider. Whatever you do, it's time to take your healing seriously, and I am with you every step of the way.- If you'd like to work with me, or need support, reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Resources:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

18mins

23 May 2021

Rank #9

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How You Develop Depression, Anxiety, and Autoimmune Disease in Postpartum

For full show notes go to https://marandabower.com/how-you-develop-depression-anxiety-and-autoimmune-disease-in-postpartum-podcast-ep8/We are going to get into quite a hot topic around how the postpartum body actually gets depression, anxiety, and autoimmune diseases. While all bodies and backgrounds and situations are different, these different things all create a starting point of your health and postpartum. When we are able to understand the how, and the why of why these things occur in so many women in the years after having a baby, that information can be used to prevent it from occurring, and even completely reverse the damage of not knowing how to heal our body or how it functions during this transition.So buckle up and get ready for an eye-opening episode all about nutrients, hormones, and how these things affect your body differently in pregnancy and postpartum. Be sure to follow this podcast so you never miss an episode when it goes live and leave a review!In this episode, I’m sharing with you:Maternal Mental Health Issues, why are so many struggling with them postpartum?Every Body is different. Different backgrounds, different socioeconomic statuses, different diets and deficiencies, different birth experiences, these all create a starting point for your health and postpartum journey.Nutrients and hormones while growing a babyRunning on deficiencyThe physical trauma of childbirth, sending your body immediately into survival modeExperiencing birth trauma creates an Overactive Nervous SystemProcesses in the body slow down rapidly after you give birth.Changes in digestion after birthLearn to eat in a way that is beneficial for your healing bodyYour body struggles to absorb nutrientsSleep Deprivation and lack of nutrients leads to hormone irregularitiesHormone Fluctuations are NORMAL in postpartum, but they need to be supported by sleep and nutrientsMajor Symptoms of a larger problemPostpartum mood disorders and autoimmune issues are common, but they are not “normal” Education is a huge piece to this puzzle If you're not sure where to start, reach out to me, to someone you trust, or to your provider. Whatever you do, it's time to take your healing seriously, and I am with you every step of the way.- If you'd like to work with me, or need support reach out here!        https://marandabower.com/contact/-Purchase my Nutrition Program  https://marandabower.com/nutrition/-Get on the waitlist for The Postpartum Nutrition Certification Programhttps://marandabower.com/certification/Resources:Apply here to work 1:1 with me here >>>https://marandabower.com/contact/Email: hello@marandabower.comFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/postpartummarandaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/postpartummaranda/Website:https://marandabower.com/

19mins

16 May 2021

Rank #10