Podcast Episode 44: Transforming the Core of Motherhood – Sleep, Self-Care, Exercise and Sex

How do you embrace, nurture, and enjoy your motherhood journey? Author, speaker, and podcaster Jen Oliver shares how it should all begin with self-love and that if you love the body and life you have, you will have the body and life you love. Find out more about what it takes to transform the core of motherhood in this podcast.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Jen’s deep inner core dysfunction and what her healing journey looked like
  • Why it’s so important for your inner core to function properly
  • What to do to get back the six-pack abs you used to have after pregnancy
  • Why you should see a physiotherapist
  • How you can cultivate patience
  • Postpartum sleep, postpartum exercise, and postpartum sex
  • How to come from a place of self-love
  • The 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat and why you should consider going


Key Takeaways:

  • Your inner core is an important part of your posture, your structure, how you walk, and how all the rest of your muscles in your entire body move and connect.
  • When you become pregnant and you’re growing a human in your abdomen, the amount of intra-abdominal pressure that happens is so big that it changes the synergistic nature of your deep inner core.
  • When you’re in pain, your body is not working the way it needs to work.
  • It’s not until you start becoming conscious of your “head talk” and not focusing outside of yourself all the time that you start to understand your motivation for things.
  • Coming from a place of love is really about identifying your motivations, not by judging yourself but by having compassion as your guide and following that delicate approach with yourself.
  • Self-love is a practice and a process to look from within to start with love. It is a process that has begun and is ongoing, and it’s a new way of thinking and feeling.


Action Steps:

  • Listen to your body.
  • Go to a pelvic floor physiotherapist and someone who can check you for a Diastasis Recti.
  • Cultivate patience and allow yourself to be patient with your body during those times when physiological changes are happening.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Give yourself permission to sleep and get the sleep that you need.
  • Understand your motivation for things.
  • Listen to your heart and don’t let your “head talk” get in the way.
  • Ask yourself if you’re ready to ask for the help you need and receive the help that’s ready to help you.


Jen said:

“You are replaceable at work; you’re not replaceable at home. And to actually disconnect from your desire to be home, to think it’s some career-oriented thing, or the opposite… that really manifests as stress and anxiety and more physiological and hormonal changes.”


“The heart is always in love. It’s always in gratitude. And maybe when it’s not in love,  it’s because it’s in trauma. And we don’t want to face sometimes the trauma… but it’s really where the magic is, and it’s really where the breakthroughs are.”


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