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Spotlight on Single Motherhood

Lola Light

The transition from womanhood to motherhood is the most profound, overwhelming experience of a woman's life. Hear Lola Light's story as she shares her journey of discovering that she was pregnant while she was single, to deciding to keep the baby and raise it on her own, followed by many significant events which ultimately portrays the strength of any woman entering motherhood. A woman's life will forever change with the gift of a new life, and Lola Light's vulnerability shines through while she deeply and whole-heartedly describes her experience with single parenthood from day one, casting away any past notions or beliefs about motherhood that she once had. Hear how Lola Light overcomes commonly misunderstood conditions that many mothers face, including fear, self-doubt, postpartum OCD, depression, anxiety, and how one person's voice can really make a difference and help shed the light on motherhood. Join Lola Light on her journey of self-discovery as a woman, mother, and single parent.

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Your Scary Thoughts Do Not Equal ActionAllowing Yourself To Be Vulnerable: A Mother's PerspectiveAsking for Help is a Strength, Not a WeaknessChoosing Your Battles as a ParentDating as a Single ParentNatural Fertility Solutions: Sarah Clark
Because infertility is fairly common, most mothers and couples accept this and visit fertility clinics to know their options.But what most couples aren’t aware of is that there are natural methods that can help boost their chances of conception.Our guest in this episode is Sarah Clark. She’s a health coach with training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Life Coach with accreditation from the Internation Coaches Federation. She is also the author of Fabulously Fertile: Supercharge Your Fertility Naturally.We talk about her personal experience with infertility, natural methods for conception, how gut health affects fertility and hormones, and many more.Sarah is the founder of  Fab Fertile which is a fertility coaching program that utilizes functional lab testing, mindset shifts, and diet/lifestyle changes to support couples and dramatically improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. She also offers a free three-day fertility diet challenge for couples. Click here for more info.In this episode, we talk about:Her own experience with pregnancy issuesHow she was able to overcome infertilityAge of oldest couple and individual she’s helped conceiveThe questionable long-term implications of fertility medicationsImportance of diet and lifestyle changesThe common causes of infertilityThe crucial role of probiotics to gut health and hormone balanceOther immune-based supplements to enhance fertilityImmune system-boosting supplementsSpecific diet for couples to increases chances of conceptionRelationship of alcohol and cannabis with pregnancyWhy both couples need to undergo counselling and lifestyle changesNatural methods and supplements for low sperm countNatural fertility solutions to reverse infertilityImpact of exercise and mindset in conceptionThe value of reducing stress levels When couples should seek medical assistance for pregnancyEffect of birth control and IUD to fertilityHow to prepare the body for a babyGet in Touch with Sarah:Website Fab FertilePodcast Get Pregnant NaturallyFacebook @sesacoachingInstagram @fabfertileTwitter @fabfertileThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Aug 25 2020
30 mins
Moving Through Grief After Miscarriage: Alison Pena
The pain of unexpectedly losing an unborn child is unimaginable. For women and parents who’ve experienced a miscarriage, navigating their feelings and lives through this can a be journey that they have no road map on. In this episode, our guest Alison Pena joins us and shares her valuable insight on the subject. She is also known as “bad widow”. She’s a speaker, consultant, and an author who resides in New York City. When her husband suffered from cancer, she became his caregiver. In 2016, after 11 months of battling his illness, he passed away. Since then, she’s learned how to live fearlessly in the face of death.Alison does consulting work with her clients. She helps women regain their innate resilience by supporting them to re-engage, reinvent themselves, and to rebuild their communities. Appointments can be made through her website - badwidow.com.In this episode, we talk about:The first step in dealing with griefGoing back to work after the loss of a loved oneHow parents can heal after a miscarriageHandling overwhelming feelings of painHealthy self-care and self-expression How to let your emotions out of your bodyThe importance of seeing a counsellorSelf-blame and shame experienced by mothersThe value of writing down through and feelingsThe danger of brushing feelings under the carpetSelf-isolation and hiding during this periodHow to start openly talking about your painHow to reclaim your purpose and rebuild your life againHer advice to parents experiencing lossGet in Touch with Alison:Website badwidow.comFacebook @alison.penaTwitter @badwidowonlineInstagram @badwidowonlineThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform. Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Aug 18 2020
25 mins
A Father's Perspective on Labor & Birth: Stuart MacIntyre
The presence and support of spouses or partners are essential for mothers undergoing labor and after giving birth.In this episode, our guest Stuart Macintyre joins us once again to share what it’s like being a new father. He also imparts his first-hand experience supporting his wife during labor and after birth.We discuss the adjustments that they had to make due to the pandemic, what every support partner needs to have with them in the hospital, and what to expect if you’re a first-time parent.After an intense three and a half hour of labor and almost opting for a C-section, Stu’s wife Courtney finally gave birth to Crew, their baby boy who is now eight weeks old.In this episode, we talk about:Stu’s preparation for his wife’s labor with the coronavirusHis biggest worry when the pandemic hitA checklist of things to bring to the hospital for support partnersWhy it’s crucial for spouses/partner to have the number of birthing unitsHis tips for expectant fathers and support persons during laborWhy bringing food and water in the hospital is essential for support partnersInterventions to help with comfort during laborThe uncertainty of first-time parents After-birth activities for new parentsThe most challenging aspect of being a new parentThe importance of taking turns with baby duties and choresBringing in family and friends to help with the infantPostnatal checkups during COVID 19How postnatal depression happens to both moms and dadsGet in Touch with Stu:Instagram @stuartmacintyreResources mentioned:The Push Revolution - Hospital packing listThe Push Revolution - Postpartum blues Thank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Aug 11 2020
30 mins
A Father's Perspective of Infertility: Stuart MacIntyre
Infertility is something that isn’t really talked about. As a result, parents going through it aren’t educated enough to understand that this is something that a lot of people go through and that there are a lot of options available for them out there.In this episode, our guest, Stuart Macintyre shares his perspective as a spouse and a father with regards to infertility. Stu and I talk about the ups and downs of the fertility journey that he and his wife went through.We also tackle the different kinds of treatments they tried, why getting into government funding waitlist can significantly reduce the cost of treatments, and why you need to open up to others about what you’re going through since you never know who’s gone through it.He and his wife Courtney are now proud parents of a baby boy who was born a few months ago.In this episode, we talk about:Stu and Courtney’s first steps in discovering fertility issuesHow high school Sex Ed makes fertility seem easyThe waiting period for sperm testingThe importance of having a support systemLifestyle advice given by health professionalsDifferent kinds of fertility treatments availableYears frozen embryos can be kept in storageHow long till you can try again after a miscarriageSeeing the positive light of a miscarriageTotal costs of fertility treatments Courtney and Stu tookWhy age does not matter with infertilityThe upsides of sharing fertility issues with family and friendsHow long it took for Courtney to successfully conceiveWhy support groups for essential for those who don’t have a strong network The expectation for a man to “keep it together” Other ways to support your partner during this timeStu’s advice for other parents going through infertilityGet in Touch with Stu:Instagram @stuartmacintyreThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Aug 4 2020
37 mins
Tips for Returning to Work: Claire Gavin
One of the most difficult parts of returning to work is worrying about the kids. Not only do moms have to deal with the guilt of temporarily leaving their children, but they also have to make sure that they are well taken cared for when they do so.Our guest for today, Claire Gavin - transitional life coach and founder of Antares Lifestyle and Wellness Coaching, challenges this mindset! She shares live-saving advice and tips for mothers going back to work.We also discuss how going back to work gives the little ones the opportunity to be with others like them which is necessary for their development, how it shows that them it's totally normal for mothers, or females in general, to strive career-wise, and why returning to work empowers not only you but the future generation.Claire is available for international coaching. She uses Zoom to give advice for women who struggle with their motherhood transition. She's also created a three-step problem designed to guide mothers to live more fulfilling lives!In this episode, we talk about:How moms often feel guilty returning to workThe struggle of balancing career and taking care of kidsThe challenges of transitioning back to workWhy acceptance is the key to finding a blend with work and familyTips on ensuring your child is staying in a good daycare facilityHow being organized is necessary for this life transitionJuggling work, household chores, and taking care of childrenMeal preparation advice for back-to-work momsHow to return back to work confidentlyTips on how to bring out your inner goddessHow to be assertive and become your best self Taking a pause and owning your powerThe importance of looking good even through challengesGet in Touch with Claire:www.antareslifestylecoaching.comFacebook @Claire-Gavin-Transitional-Life-CoachInstagram @clairegavin_YouTube @marg&claireTVThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmomsNote: This audio was initially published in episode 14.
Jul 28 2020
14 mins
How To Successfully Travel with Kids: Sandy Nussbaum
Moms. Need. Vacations. But even when traveling, we’re still the ones packing, cooking, planning, and cleaning up. As a mother, how do you set realistic expectations that will help you enjoy your trip?In this episode, our guest, Sandy Nussbaum, will provide helpful tips for traveling moms. She is the travel agent owner of EzDis by Instant Impressions Travel Agency. She’s passionate about traveling to Walt Disney World. She’s been there over a hundred times, partaking on 21 Disney Cruises, six Adventures by Disney, 15 trips to Disneyland, and Aulani - a Disney and Resort Spa in Hawaii. She’s also traveled frequently with her daughter starting when she was still an infant.We also tackle her recommended time of the year when traveling, important vacation mindset tips, and what to prepare for when taking the holidays with children.Sandy is featured on the podcast Let’s Talk Dis, aired every Wednesday. Her travel agency aims to give personalized attention and help create magical memories for families.In this episode, we talk about:Sandy’s early experiences traveling with her infantHow to choose the best destination for vacationsWhat to expect when traveling with extended familyMom hacks for popping your child’s ears on the planeTips for family members prone to motion sickness Packing for international vs. domestic travelThe pros and cons of flights appsWhy travel planners are life-savers Strict planning vs. flexibility: How to schedule trip eventsThe upsides and risks of direct flightsGet in Touch with Sandy:Facebook @sandy.nussbaumgiercykLinkedIn @sandy-nussbaum-giercykLet’s Talk Dis podcastEZ Dis by Instant Impressions Travel ServicesThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Jul 21 2020
23 mins
Regaining Self-Care & Confidence Postpartum: Claire Gavin
Most moms are too preoccupied with daily responsibilities that they forget to take care of themselves. This can negatively impact confidence and self-image in the long run. With that being said, what are the ways that mothers can regain their self-esteem?In this episode, our guest Claire Gavin, a transitional life coach, shares why moms need to implement self-care strategies in their daily lives. She further explains that her 24 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist led her to pursue coaching, seeing that most people she served we’re in desperate need of self-care.We also discuss how new moms are overwhelmed with their duties, how self-neglect often leads to injuries or burnouts, our very own self-loving regiments, why failing to address your own needs make you feel helpless and many more!Claire coaches internationally using Zoom. She has produced a three-step program designed to help women transitioning to motherhood thrive and become a better version of themselves. In this episode, we talk about:Ways to recover self-esteem after giving birthWhy most moms don’t take care of themselvesTypes of self-care strategiesHow our self-image depends on self-careMeditation and it’s wonderful advantagesHow happiness and confidence intertwineWhy you need to constantly pamper yourselfBenefits of self-care methodsImportance of a healthy routineHow self-indulgence empowers youThe value of well-structured morningsWhy self-care isn’t selfishGet in Touch with Claire:www.antareslifestylecoaching.comFacebook @Claire-Gavin-Transitional-Life-CoachInstagram @clairegavin_YouTube @marg&claireTVThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmomsNote: This audio was initially published in episode 15.
Jul 14 2020
8 mins
Healthy Habits for Busy Parents: Flea Houh
Most of the diet and fitness plans that promise quick results fail long-term. Why does this happen? And as parents, how do we find the time to take care of our health?In this episode, our guest, Flea Houh, shares holistic tips for busy parents. He is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, founder of Wellness by Flea, and a proud father of three. He gives expert advice on adjusting with responsibilities during the pandemic and how to build sustainable and long-term habits.We talk about how tiny changes add up to a healthy life, why you don’t have to comply 100% to diet and fitness plans, how to have the proper mindset, and how finding supportive communities help keep you on the path to fitness.Flea offers one-on-one health coaching. He has created a four-week energy-boosting program to help parents with hectic schedules become fit and healthy. He also makes customized meal and exercise plans to serve different types of individuals and their varying fitness levels.In this episode, we talk about:How everything starts with mindsetCreating a healthy self-image and identityAligning with healthy habitsHow to find the time for health and fitnessPriceless tips in boosting energy levelsBeginner exercises for parentsThe relationship of lack of sleep and binge eatingExpert advice regarding weight lossThe benefits of customized diet & fitness plansThe value of meal planningWhy you should love your body as it is right nowThe importance of accountability & buddy systemThe perks of waking up earlyAdjustments of parents during the COVID 19 pandemicResources mentioned:Four-Week Energy Boost ProgramFour-day Customized Meal Plan SampleGet in Touch with Flea:www.wellnessbyflea.comFacebook Group @parentsexcuseproofgroupInstagram @wellnessbyfleaThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmomsNote: This audio was initially published in episode 17.
Jul 7 2020
43 mins
Transitioning from Womanhood into Motherhood: Claire Gavin
Transitioning into motherhood can be incredibly overwhelming. How can you adjust socially, physically, and emotionally with this important phase? How do you juggle this process together with taking care of a new child?Today’s guest, Claire Gavin, helps us handle this transition with grace. She is the founder of Antares Lifestyle and Wellness Coaching and a life coach who focuses on individuals who are currently undergoing significant life transitions. In this episode, she gives great tips, tools, and recommendations that can definitely be of benefit to you.We discuss our personal experiences dealing with this phase, effective coping mechanisms, important self-care methods. We talk about the benefits of a network, positive feedback, and how you can regain your confidence and self-esteem as a mother.Claire conducts international coaching through zoom to offer guidance and advice for women who are struggling in their transition towards motherhood. She has created a three-step program that is helping many women rise up and go forward. In this episode, we talk about:How motherhood can be filled with uncertainty and doubtThe value of having a support system during motherhoodWhy you have to give yourself grace and kindnessHow focusing on the little wins help you get through your strugglesDifferent ways you can raise your mom esteemWhy you need to take a social media cleanseWhy you should consider having a life coach while pregnantThe power of daily affirmations The importance of gratitude and positivityWhy you need to be patient and accept this phaseGet in Touch with Claire:www.antareslifestylecoaching.comFacebook @Claire-Gavin-Transitional-Life-CoachInstagram @clairegavin_YouTube @marg&claireTVThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Jun 30 2020
15 mins
Common Postpartum Conditions: Denise Chiriboga
Most moms are aware of postpartum conditions that can show up along the way. But, how would you know if a symptom is considered normal and is temporary? Meanwhile, how can you discern if you need to reach out for help?Our guest for today’s episode, Denise Chiriboga, Certified Personal Trainer, YouTuber, and founder of Strong Mom shares her personal experience and expertise on this subject. We tackle common postpartum complications, conditions that need attention, and above all, made-for-mom workouts that you can do in the comfort of your homeStrong Mom is committed to helping moms all over the globe to build strong bodies, during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. They provide online services, group sessions, in-person personal training, nutritional consultations, and digital products. They also offer free resources that you can use in all phases of your fitness journey, downloadable here.Bear in mind that it's never too late to get back in shape, mamas!   In this episode, we talk about:Denise’s postpartum conditionsHer inspiration for Strong MomCommon postpartum conditionsHow to get back to working out after giving birthWhat a mommy tummy actually isSimple self-check procedure in checking for diastasis rectiWhy the usual exercises and diet can’t fix your mommy tummyBack pain and other symptoms associated with diastasis rectiWhy diastasis recti symptoms get worse with time and ageThe normal timeframe for a bloated bellyTime-saving and specifically-tailored workout for mothersCreative exercises you can do with your childrenResources Mentioned:Diastasis Recti Self-Check VideoFree Flat Belly After Baby EbookStrong Mom Facebook GroupGet in Touch with Denise Chiriboga:www.strongmom.ca/YouTube @strongmomFacebook @strongmom.caInstagram @strongmom.caThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Jun 22 2020
17 mins
Mindset & Motivation for Mamas: Alana Leger
Mindset and motivation are the two missing ingredients in helping moms all over the globe become fit and stay fit.  But, how exactly do you incorporate these in your life? And, with the ongoing pandemic posing additional challenges, how can you maintain a regular fitness routine?Alana Leger, our guest for today’s episode, illuminates this for us. She has ten years of experience in corporate fitness and she’s also the founder of Barbella Studio. She’s discovered that there are a lot of factors that weigh in when it comes to moms trying to get back in shape. And with that, she’s created an all-in-one solution for moms who want to stay fit. We tackle specific things you need to start and stay in your fitness journey, why putting yourself first actually helps people around you, how showing your self-care routine to your children empowers them, how to adopt a positive mindset. She gives priceless tips in keeping your motivation intact, and how you can continuously work on yourself without putting too much pressure.Barbella Studio provides a full package for moms everywhere. From their virtual wellness platform, supportive online community, life coaching lessons, offline access to live fitness sessions to easy-to-make cooking tutorials, they offer a holistic approach that mothers everywhere can enjoy.In this episode, we talk about:Life-changing advice in shifting your mindsetHow joining a group or a community improves your accountability Why building online connections, especially during COVID19, helps you stay on trackMust-have supplements for momsHow to discern if a supplement is working for youJournaling: How it improves mindset and how to do it properlyHow your self-talk affects your motivationHow exercise lifts mood and increases patienceWhy gaining confidence through fitness is a game-changerHow looking good results to feeling goodHow to be okay with prioritizing yourselfThe importance of a good sleep and periodic restWays to cope and reset your negative mindsetHow to use the pandemic to reflect on what you really want in lifeGet in Touch with Alana:www.barbella.caInstagram @barbella_studioFacebook @BarbellaStudioYouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLSsAhMFncosksZNNvrs8ZQThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Jun 16 2020
37 mins
Postpartum Anxiety: Dr. Courtney Amerin & Katie Danielson from The PUSH Revolution
Postpartum anxiety is gaining more awareness as we are now more open to discussing mental health issues. But what exactly is postpartum anxiety? How can you prepare in case it happens to you?In this episode, Dr. Courtney Amerin DO and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Katie Danielson, founders of The Push Revolution joins us to shed light about postpartum anxiety and how getting much-needed support can help you get through the tough times.We talk about the risk factors of getting postpartum anxiety, how postpartum anxiety may look like, the role of proper nutrition and rest, and most importantly we talk about how you can get yourself, your partner, and your support circle ready.The Push Revolution provides expert advice and evidence-based information to empower parents in achieving understanding, support, and health in the postpartum period. they offer free resources that are really helpful as you prepare for your postpartum journey. You can download the resources here.Remember to give yourself grace and that it’s okay to not be okay.In this episode, we talk about:Anxiety in new moms and a repeat momsWhen postpartum anxiety normally presents itselfThe biggest risk factors for anxietyThe best way to prepare and how to prevent postpartum anxietyThe importance of conversations and creating your circles BEFORE giving birthPostpartum anxiety in fathersWhere do scary thoughts come from and when you should reach outHow are mood disorders curedDiet for improving mood disordersSetting small goals and giving yourself graceResources Mentioned:FREE Preparing For Postpartum Blues And Depression KitGet in Touch with Courtney and Katie:www.postpartumPUSH.comInstagram @the_push_revolutionFacebook @thepushrevolutionThank you for Listening to the Spotlight on Motherhood The Podcast!From one mother to another, please help spread the word by telling another mom or mama to be and help promote further growth of the podcast.Subscribe, rate, and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or on your favorite podcast platform.Follow us onInstagram @spotlightonmothersFacebook @spotlightonmothersTwitter @spotlightonmoms
Jun 9 2020
27 mins
Q&A With a Mother of Five: MatildaHow to Show Up as a Woman, Not Just a Mom: Life Coach Claire GavinAlternative Treatments for Postpartum Depression