Jen McLellan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day my son was born I not only became a mother but also developed a deep love for my body. After settling into motherhood I wanted to empower women find the strength and beauty within their bodies.

In April of 2011 I launched the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs blog, to help women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, share tips for body love, and laugh along with the adventures of motherhood. My work has been featured in major publications such as Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula.

I’ve built a Facebook community of over 169,000 plus size women supporting one another before, during, and after pregnancy.

In early 2014 I became certified as a childbirth educator. My background in non-profit management and patient advocacy has enabled me to have a strong voice for women of size during pregnancy and childbirth. I share my message via speaking engagements and I’m excited to be rolling out classes in 2015. Be sure to signup for the Plus Size Birth e-newsletter to be kept up-to-date on exciting new developments.

I hope you enjoy exploring my website and you can contact me anytime!

Jen

 

 


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Recent Blog Posts

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    My Big Fat Fabulous Life

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      I met Whitney Way Thore, from the new hit TLC Show My Big Fat Fabulous Life, at The Body Love Conference. This was after her Fat Girl Dancing video (see below) had gone viral but before TLC came a knocking. I can share with you that the Whitney you see on TV is the very same Whitney I met in person. She has a big personality and an even bigger heart. I’ll be honest, I was happy for Whitney but a little nervous to checkout My Big Fat Fabulous Life. It’s rare to find a TV show that profiles fat...
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    Stop Censoring Birth: Hospitals Are Banning Birth Photos

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    Ask any mom-to-be what she’s packing in her hospital bag and a camera will be one of the first things she mentions. Yet, more and more hospitals are banning birth photos until after the baby is not only born but also cleaned. Where are these hospital regulations banning birth photography coming from? One word - liability! “I believe that the restrictions have everything to do with liability and fear that you will capture an image or video that can “prove” wrong doing. So many hospital policies are based on this philosophy.” – Aubre Tompkins, CNM Hospitals are businesses and they do everything within their...
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    Baby Birth Photos: Rethink Birth Photography

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    The idea of having birth photos taken was a big turn off when I was pregnant with my son. I had no desire for the moment my baby’s head crowned to be forever captured. Then I had the most transformative experience of my life and the photos taken were…well…terrible. There were a few gems but most of my birth photos were either blurry or overexposed. So now I’m rethinking birth photography and encourage you to do the same. I’ve learned that hiring a birth photographer is a lot like hiring a doula, you need to find someone who is a perfect...
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    7 Tips for a Body Positive Life

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    l Living a body positive life can be challenging. There’s so much pressure from society telling us that we’re not good enough. Today I grant you permission to start blocking out those messages and start loving yourself and your body. Here are 7 tips to help you down a path to a body positive life. Eat intuitively. Diets don’t work and yet each year around this time many people search for answers to all the wrong questions. What you should be asking yourself is; what is my relationship with food? Am I eating because I’m happy, sad, angry, bored or because I’m...
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    Bye-Bye Facebook. Love PSMM!

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    I dedicate this song to Facebook. On April 6, 2011 I started my Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page and it took off right away. Yet, that wasn’t by accident. I spent countless hours networking with other bloggers, commenting on like-minded pages, posting and engaging with my following. Now Facebook wants me to pay thousands of dollars per post for the 169,400 people who “like” my page to see what I share. See the example below. I get it, Facebook is a business, but I also can’t help but to be disappointed. My little blog can’t compete with big businesses that view this as...
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    Plus Size Pinup Maternity Photos You Have to See!

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    My jaw dropped when Genesis shared her gorgeous plus size pinup maternity photos on the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page. Then I kicked myself for feeling too ashamed of my body when I was pregnant to do a professional maternity photo shoot. I hope these photos inspire mamas to do whatever type of maternity photo shoot feels best to them. Below Genesis shares her journey to having these photos taken by Darryl Wilson Photography.      I was really thin in high school, and before and after I had my first son. I slowly began to put on weight as I got...
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    My Size 24 Body is Capable of Birthing

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      Without a doubt c-sections are sometimes necessary and save lives. Yet, would you believe me if I told you the c-section rate for plus size women is nearly 50%? We have to pause and ask why this number is so astronomical. Many moms feel as if their bodies have failed them but more often than not it’s their care provider who failed them. For women who desire a vaginal birth, it’s critical to find a size friendly care provider. This is especially true for those who want a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). This is Autumn’s VBAC birth story…  My...