Tomorrow is the day! I’m going to start doing some @growco.rehab from home! The classes are focused on the pelvic floor and the core (rhymes). 

Before having Milo I had zero issues with my pelvic floor. I was told I had almost Olympic strength pelvic floor muscles! 🏋🏼‍♀️ 

I wasn’t worried about having postpartum issues. I had a pretty normal birth experience. Don’t get me wrong, it sucked and I had tearing, swelling, and didn’t feel back to normal for a long ass time. WAY longer than 6 weeks! 

After recovering I didn’t notice any issues until about 18 months postpartum. First it was a sneeze and leak, then it was a TikTok dance and a leak. Then came the horrible lower back pain. 

Think about a sprained ankle. If you don’t do the proper rehab, even though you are “recovered” and you can walk again, over time issues start to arise. Stiffness, tightness, pain, etc. Then you start compensating for your bad ankle and issues start to arise in your knee or other random places you never previously injured. 

THE SAME THING HAPPENS TO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR/CORE AFTER PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH! 

After just learning to breathe into my pelvic floor and relax my muscles, my lower back pain is almost non-existent. 

Now I’m ready to do more with the help of @drallicain and @growco.rehab. 

They have a Black Friday sale on this week. 50% off your one time payment to be a life long member! 

If you’re interested in joining me in this postpartum rehab journey, click the link in my bio ♥️ 
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Tomorrow is the day! I’m...

The Mom Room Podcast 🎙

EP37. Renee has an honest chat with sleep and wellness consultant, Angela Bueno (@nurtureevesleep). Topics include: the difference between your baby BEING independent and ACTING independent; emotional regulation or \"self-soothing\"; attachment; validating a mother\'s instincts, and; so much more. 

There is a lot of pressure to get your baby sleeping through the night now a days. Angela is all about doing what is best for YOUR family and not letting other people decide what is a problem for you. Nurture Eve Sleep offers sleep support that focuses on connection and validates your instincts. #themomroompodcast

The Mom Room Podcast 🎙...

We had such a rough morning with Milo today. He was having a hard time. The biggest meltdown happened after his granola bar broke in half. You would have thought someone just told him he could never see Buzz or Woody again. That was the level of meltdown. 

I tried to fix everything by offering him a new granola bar. Just when I thought everything would be okay, that one broke too. Cue an even worse meltdown. I felt bad because clearly that was very upsetting for him. 

When he calmed down we went for a walk (him being constrained in a stroller was appealing). After our walk we decided to go for a car ride to McDonalds and get lunch. He watched Paw Patrol on our way there. 

I handed him french fries on the drive home. He was so happy. And it was at that moment that I realized why they call it a “Happy Meal”. 🍟 @mcdonaldscanada ————— 

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We had such a rough...

Prior to me hitting record Milo was NOT having his socks and shoes. I thought he was gonna have to go barefoot. But, the recording and all the options to make him feel like he was in control really helped! 😃 my first #winning toddler life IGTV!

Prior to me hitting record...

Teeth brushing has gone through so many phases. Went well for a while, wouldn’t do it for a while, now he’s obsessed with toothpaste... 🤦🏼‍♀️ #momcomedy #honestmom #toddlermom #parentingtips #toddlers #toddlersofinstagram #tiredmomsbelike #toddlerlife #parentingishard #momsbelike #tiktok #parentsbelike #momhumour #momhumor #funnymoms #parentingmeme #momprobs #bloggermom #sarcasticmom #momsbelike #mommeme #funnymoms #motherhood #momtruths #momstruggles #parentinghumour #parentsbelike #parentingmeme #parenting101 #myhonestmotherhood

Teeth brushing has gone through...

Episode #35. Renee chats with pediatric physiotherapist, Jennifer Halfin about all things physical development. They discuss the physical development milestone ranges (the ranges are huge by the way), tips for helping your little one to master certain skills, and playground safety. Milestones can be a very stressful part of parenting but, it doesn\'t have to be. We hope the information in this episode will be educational for parents and decrease any stress they may have around common physical milestones like sitting up, crawling, and walking.  @torontokidsphysio #themomroompodcast

Episode #35. Renee chats with...

And that is a fact. 😁 @gocleanco 
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And that is a fact....

Dear people who think the decision to have children should be based solely on whether you ENJOY playing with kids... #momcomedy #honestmom #toddlermom #parentingtips #torontomoms #toddlersofinstagram #tiredmomsbelike #toddlerlife #parentingishard #momsbelike #tiktok #parentsbelike #momhumour #momhumor #funnymoms #parentingmeme #momprobs #bloggermom #sarcasticmom #momsbelike #mommeme #funnymoms #motherhood #momtruths #momstruggles #parentinghumour #parentsbelike #parentingmeme #parenting101 #myhonestmotherhood

Dear people who think the...

Renee Reina’s Random Q&A

Okay. Here we go. Welcome to my first random Q & A! In my Instagram stories I asked you guys to send me ANY question you wanted me to answer and I picked from those for this week’s post. There were such gems that I think I will also record a podcast episode about some of these topics! I love it! So, here we go…


Q1: How did you and your husband meet?


My husband and I met on PLENTY OF FISH! That’s right! He messaged me asking what my PhD was in. We chatted for a while and for our first date we went to dinner and a comedy show. Our first date was in October 2012! That’s right when I started my PhD. Which is insane because I just finished my PhD! I did create and birth a child in there too, but still. I give lots more details about our first date on the trailer of the podcast (coming out this week). I talked about it because people always ask me that question.


Q2: What is your area of specialty in psychology?


My PhD is in Experimental Psychology. So, what that means is that I am a research scientist as opposed to a clinician that delivers therapy. My area of research is very clinical based. My supervisor is a clinical psychologist. When I started with him, he was a clinician and researcher at an eating disorders program. My Master’s research was all about binge eating disorder (BED) and the health care costs associated with it. Individuals with BED have high rates of obesity and depression which are both major burden on the individual and also the health care system. My PhD was focused on evaluating the efficacy of psychotherapy for eating disorders. So, I basically took all the research (the high quality research) that has been done on psychotherapy for eating disorders and I combined all the effect sizes (TURBO NERD STUFF AND IT TOOK YEARS!!!!). Then, with all the data (I’m talking massive databases), I compared outcomes between psychotherapy and no treatment, psychotherapy and other treatments (like self-help, etc.), and cognitive behavioural therapy and other kinds of psychotherapies. I wrote over 200 pages for my dissertation but… long story short… psychotherapy is effective and no one psychotherapy stands out over another.

I also did super cool training in attachment, defense mechanisms, and reflective functioning which I talk about in this weeks podcast episode also!


Q3: Did you find out Milo’s sex or keep it a secret?


This is a funny story. I am super type-A, so, I had to know the sex before Milo was born so I could prepare everything. I know some people just do gender neutral baby stuff and that’s fine. I am not a fan of really gender specific toys and TV shows, etc. But, I do enjoy some cute gender specific clothes and accessories. I feel like that is a whole sensitive topic I don’t want to get into but, at the end of the day, I wanted to buy some clothes from either the baby girl side of stores or the baby boy side of the stores. Dressing Milo is one of my greatest joys… which is pathetic as I type that out. But, it’s true. I clearly don’t spend time dressing myself. And, if he gets older and wants to wear pink or a Elsa t-shirt, that is fine by me.

That went way off track. We wanted to know the sex and I wanted to do a small gender reveal party with family. I had sent out invites for a party that was going to be the day after my ultrasound to find out the sex. So, of course Milo was in the uterus covering his genitals THE ENTIRE ultrasound. The poor tech kept me so long and had me do crazy positions in the hallway, go upside down… it was insane. But, he didn’t move. I was so devastated because I had a party planned the next day. AND, my sister had ordered two big balloons that were full of confetti. One was pink and one was blue. She was the only one who would know the sex. Each balloon was almost $50 and Milo wouldn’t show us what was going on down there.

My sister was determined to know the sex. She called private ultrasound clinics to see if anyone would take me Saturday morning before the party. HAHAHA. Finally, a woman answered her phone and my sister told her the whole story. She had one of her assistants meet me at the ultrasound place Saturday morning. So LUCKY! I ate a cupcake and chugged a pop (soda for my American friends) on the way. She literally put the ultrasound wand to my belly for TWO SECONDS and said she knew the sex. HALLELUJAH! My husband hadn’t even walked in yet from parking the car. That’s how fast it was.


Q4: Favourite Wiggle’s song?


I mean, this is probably the most difficult question to answer. Initially I was a huge Propeller fan. Like, huge! And now I’m really into Skeleton Scat and Mumbles the Monster, and There Are So Many Animals.  


Q5: Where are your t-shirts from?


Over the last couple years I got really into t-shirts. Probably because that’s all I was wearing. Most of my t-shirts are from Urban Outfitters (Peppa Pig, Nirvana, DRAKE; pro-tip: shop in men’s graphic t-shirts). I wear a medium. I have a bunch of concert t-shirts also (Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Jonas Brothers). My Hanson t-shirt with “Nirvana” under the picture is from Etsy.


Q6: Are my eyebrows microbladed?


Yes! I get an unbelievable number of comments on my eyebrows from both Instagram and TikTok! It’s crazy. I did something called Ombré Powder brows. I think it’s a softer version of microblading. It is more blended so it works better for people with light hair and fair skin. It isn’t as harsh. I had mine done by Pretty In The City in Toronto. I researched where to have them done forever! She is the best in Toronto. I did one initial appointment and then a follow-up 8 weeks later for her to touch them up. It didn’t hurt until near the end. It feels similar to a tattoo by the end. I’m so happy I did it! Makes a HUGE difference. It was pricey. I think it was around $750 (Canadian).

XOXO Renee Reina

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1 Comment
  • Jenna
    June 29, 2020

    Hahahaha my son immediately cries if mumbles the monster comes on so we have to fast forward that part of the show. Also cries if Zamel the camel shows up (I get this he’s strange).

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