Embrace That Bod! Hundreds of Real Post-Pregnancy Bodies Celebrated on Website (VIDEO)
Loving a post-pregnancy body is not easy in a culture where "Fit Mom" shames women for not immediately losing belly fat and celebrities hire expensive trainers and plastic surgeons to remove all vestiges of motherhood. A Chicago-based photographer and mother, Ashlee Wells Jackson, has launched a project and website to counteract these negative messages, and the result is a gallery of beautiful, and beautifully honest images of real-life moms.
In her YouTube video introducing the 4th Trimester Bodies project Jackson tells her own story. She had a very painful pregnancy and childbirth experience in 2012. Her twin girls were born at 24 weeks. Aurora died in utero due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) while Nova developed hydrocephalus after her first week of life and spent 100 days in the NICU. "I was heartbroken with grief," Wells says, "but also had a difficult time embracing my post-pregnancy body."
The experience made Wells realize that many women were grappling with the same diffculty. She decided to create a photography project that celebrates post-pregnancy, post-breastfeeding bodies, "stretches, stripes, scars" and all.
As one woman says in the video: "It's so important that we love the bodies we are in... because, look at what they do. Look at what they make!"
Check out the website and gallery of images here.
Watch the video: