My Personal Trainer: The Elvie Trainer

If you found yourself here then I am sure it’s because you might have had the same issues I had before. I'm opening up that conversation of some of the results of giving birth. Thanks to Elvie for giving me the courage to talk about this openly. Embarassing for me to talk about but I HAVE to share this with you new mama's! Giving birth is the easy part. Everything you get after is what's really hard. I can't list it all because there's too much but the whole post natal recovery is difficult. You piss yourself after you sneeze or cough.. and there's more.

“Your pelvic floor is a powerful set of muscles that play an important role in core stability, bladder control and intimate wellbeing. Pelvic floor problems, including incontinence, are surprisingly common, affecting 1 in 3 women, and up to 80% of expectant and new mums.” - Elvie

I am excited to share with you what the Elvie Team has created for us. Even though the story can be embarrassing for me, I want to share what has helped me overcome this. Now, let’s back track from how it all started.

On November 2016, I was on my last trimester with my first son. I had to wear a pad because I would have “accidents” when I would pee and sneeze. Since he was my first, my body was traumatized by the birth. I thought my bladder would completely be back to normal after the five weeks of healing. I thought wrong. I mean, it was better than how it was right after giving birth. However, I had to keep wearing a pad for the “just in case” accidents.

On September 2018, I found out I was pregnant with my second son. With this pregnancy, I was already unable to control my bladder at the first trimester. For the whole eight to nine months of my pregnancy, I would always have an accident. At one point at the end of my pregnancy, I was wearing adult diapers because I was sick for a whole month and I would sneeze and cough constantly. I knew it was not going to get any better.

I took a post-natal class and was told to do Kegel Exercises to help overcome my bladder issues. I had no idea what they were. I gave them a try but was never to sure if I was doing them correctly. I found that approximately 30% of women don’t do the kegel exercises correctly. This is where the Elvie Trainer has changed the game.

The Elvie Trainer is super easy to use, just insert and excersize! The app can track everything. The app also has a reminder setting so you won't forget. One month in of training and I can say, I haven't had an accident yet!

Having bladder issues was my main concern. This trainer helped improve other things I didn't think of. My post natal recovery was definitely faster compared to the first one. Sex life? It’s something my husband and I promised to keep private but let's just say I need to get back on birth control right away.

“ The Elvie Trainer was designed to be fun, challenging and motivating, so that you can get the most out of your Kegels. The Elvie Trainer allows you to effectively perform your Kegels anywhere. The small, sleek device is inserted like a tampon and connects to an app on your smartphone, which visualizes your pelvic floor movements in real time and guides you through exercises designed by pelvic floor specialists to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor. “ Elvie

The Elvie Trainer:
- An award-winning Kegel trainer for a stronger pelvic floor.
- Better bladder control, faster postnatal recovery and enhanced intimacy.
- Fun workouts. Results in less than 4 weeks.
- Recommended by over 1,000 health professionals.

I was gifted the Elvie Trainer to review on my blog *

Lollipop Camera Review

I was gifted the Lollipop Camera in exchange of a review. This is the first and only baby monitor I have ever used, so I don’t really have any expectations or comparisons. We have been using it for almost two months and we love it. From doing my research, this camera is more on the affordable side. When I mean affordable, less expensive than other brands. It streams through wi-fi and can be viewed on the Lollipop App from your phone.

The box comes with many different mounting options. We first had it attached to the crib, but the toddler kept playing with it. We had to get it out of reach from the toddler so we have it standing up on a shelf now. Other options include: mounting on a wall, bond and rolled onto anything you can think of. I love the flexibility of where we can place the camera because we don’t have much space in our room.

If you have multiple lollipop cameras for different areas at home, you will be able to easily access all cameras in one app. The app is easy to use and includes so many features in one. I love how I could detect crying and noise. There is also the great feature of cross detection. You would be notified if the baby goes out of the crib or whatever area you wanted to restrict them in. I used it to make sure the toddler doesn’t get into the crib while the baby was in there.

There is also a seperate accessory you can purchase, called the sensor. With that, you would be able to detect the temperature, humidity and air quality of the room. All these features could be accessed in one app!

With 720p HD, the video quality is great. Night vision is automatic and the wide view helps with access to basically almost the whole room. The sound quality is also great both ways. I am able to turn the app into a audio monitor. So I could have my phone locked and still be able to hear what is going on in the room. The camera also works as a sound machine. I could control what the sounds or even talk through the app and it would reach the baby in the room.

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Overall, this product to me is definitely a must have. Especially with two boys and room sharing. I was able to be more flexible at my own home.

Easy eating after birth

I have heard of making frozen meals before giving birth to make it easy when coming home from the hospital. I wasn't able to do that because our freezer is small and already occupied. I am lucky enough to have my mom, who helped make food for me during the first few days. I had oatmeal every morning and soup throughout the day to help with the breastmilk. After about a week, I was more on my own and was able to get help from a few local businesses.

Photo on left: Gomae Meal Prep / Photo on right: Feeding Mama Lunch Meal


GOMAE MEAL PREP
Gomae delivers a minimum four meals a week - depending on you choice of plan. Everything on their menu is is plant-based using a lot of herbs, spices and other healthy options. If you saw my instagram post about this, you would know my husband is a typical meat lover but he says he doesn’t mind going on a plant-based diet if the food tastes as good as Gomae’s menu. Another great thing about them is that they are a zero waste company. They use reusable containers and pick up after use. A convenient way to have meals ready to go! if you want to try them out, you can use code "OHANA20" to get $20 off on your first delivery! Click here to start your plant-base diet journey!

REVIVE ORGANICS
Revive Organics delivers healthy, organic, preservative-free cups in the most convenient format possible. They have a variety of smoothies and overnight oats you can choose from. With the option of weekly or monthly deliveries, they are very flexible to what fits your lifestyle. The cups they sent had all the ingredients in them. All I had to do was do the last steps. So on hot days, I was lucky enough to have a cup of smoothie ready to go, I just had to add almond milk and blend (you can add whatever liquid you want). For the overnight oats, I would add coconut milk the night before. In the morning, I would have oatmeal ready for me to eat. My favorite out of their whole menu is the Banana Nut Oats! But seriously - the smoothies are perfect for this summer too. I’ve got a code to give you 50% off on your first delivery, use code “MONICA50”. Click here to get a hold of easy smoothie and oats!

FRESH PREP
Fresh Prep is similar to Revive Organics but it’s meals instead. My husband calls Mondays the “lazy day” because that’s when we cook using Fresh Prep. They provide fresh, measured and chopped ingredients. Every week there is a different menu, I get to choose from many options. Ingredients are ready to go, I just have to follow the recipe card. Meals are usually done in 30 minutes. Everything is prepared so there are fewer dishes to clean up also. I always fee like a professional chef because the food always look and taste extra good. Use code “OHANA18” for a big discount on your first delivery. Click here to start cooking!

FEEDING MAMA
Mona is behind Feeding Mama, she made it extra special by doing personal deliveries. I felt like I gained a new friend and loved the face to face contact we had. It was a bonus to have someone check up on me after birth. She came by to deliver on the first day I was alone with the two boys. The first week, I ordered the lactating cookies and broths. I normally like soups with chunks, so I was not use to just drinking broth on its own. However, I felt very nourished. For the lactating cookies - I was so surprised how full I felt after eating just one! Second week, Mona came by with actual meals, tea and turmeric energy balls. I was so blown away with everything - I was filled with delicious AND nutritious food. Feeding Mama has meal plans that help you focus on bonding with the baby by not cooking. The food in the meal plan package is prepared in reusable dishes that they will wash for you. There is so much to say about the benefits of their menu. More details are available on their website, you can click here for more information.

MAJKA
This one is a bonus, I wanted to add this here because I did at their products to my diet right after birth also. I believe it helped me with lactation, I had no problem with my milk supply. This company is not local but they do deliver to Canada. They sent me lactation bites and powder to help with my breastmilk. There is a lot more I want to write about when it comes to Majka, I will probably save it for another post. If you did want to check it out for now - click here.