Plus Size Pregnancy


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!




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Recent Blog Posts

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    Body Love Blogger Struggling with Body Image

      The birthday girl in the photo above is my friend Grace from Acoma Street Photography. She thinks I’m beautiful. I realize a lot of people think I’m pretty, and that touches my heart, but Grace has photographed me nearly naked so her words sink in deep. Grace thinks my curvy fat body is something I shouldn’t be ashamed of and 90% of the time I agree. Yet, now is not one of those times because I’m currently struggling with body image. This body love blogger isn’t in love with her body. Two days ago I filmed myself talking openly about everything...
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    Yoga for Back and Hip Pain During Pregnancy

    Back and hip pain during pregnancy is no joke and there’s a limit on how much Extra Strength Tylenol you can pop in a day. Warm baths and chiropractic care can help with this discomfort along with yoga. I have to admit, a few years ago I was nervous to try yoga. I knew I’d be the biggest person in the room and I wasn’t sure what my body was capable of doing. I’m so glad a friend dragged me to her favorite prenatal yoga class because it truly was a positive experience. Not only did it help with my hip pain during pregnancy,...
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    New Target Plus Size Clothing Line Disaster

    Dear Target, I think we need to break up. You’re not listening to me (and nearly all plus size women) when it comes to your new Target plus size clothing line. Since when do plus size ladies want clothes that stick to our every curve? But I’m skipping ahead. Let’s talk about the good times because you used to make me feel amazing! I only wanted to wear your items to all my special events. I miss how things used to be. You went from carrying adorable dresses in many different prints, colors, and styles to pulling your entire plus size clothing...
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    Moms Pay It Forward

    Last night I was struggling with some mommy guilt and wanted other moms to know they aren’t alone. We’re all doing the best we can. I did a post on the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page and many of the responses were from moms saying they really needed to hear this message. I wanted to reach out and give all those mamas a big hug. Then an idea hit me…Moms Pay It Forward! After I made this video I picked up the things I needed at Target while looking for an unsuspecting mom. It didn’t take long to find a woman...
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    Be Your Own True Love

      15 body love experts share their words of wisdom on how to be your own true love.   Jes Baker, The Militant Baker Melissa Fabello Amanda Trusty, Amanda Trusty Says  Julia Megan Sullivan  Lindsey Averill & Viri Lieberman, Fattitude Jennifer Chambers  Kymberly Nichole, Well Fit Curves Whitney Way Thore, No Body Shame Pia Schiavo-Campo, Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick Liora K, Liora K Photography & Overtone Chrystal Bougon, Curvy Girl Lingerie Louise Green Shanna Katz Be Nourished Jen McLellan, Plus Size Birth What advice speaks to you the most? Share within the comments below.  
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    Questions and Answers

      Hi friends! In April I’ll celebrate 4 years of blogging. I’m not quite sure how that happened but it has been an incredible journey. I think it’s time to mix things up! I’m rolling out a new video series where I’ll answer your questions about plus size pregnancy, birth, body love, motherhood, etc. I’m not only a mama and a blogger but I’m also a certified childbirth educator. So please ask me some questions and help me to put together an informative video series! Let’s kick things off right away. I often get asked why I started blogging about plus...
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    My Big Fat Fabulous Life

      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...