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. This website, full of supportive resources, receives over 1,000 hits a day.

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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    Plus Size Baby Carriers Questions Answered

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      4 years ago, when my son was a little baby, I really wanted to fit in with all of my babywearing friends. I went to my local mommy boutique and squeezed my body into a carrier. The straps dug into my skin but it buckled so I bought it. Yet I only wore it twice so I basically wasted over $100. At the time I didn’t even think to Google, “plus size baby carriers” or look at any online options for plus size babywearing. I just walked into a store and hoped for the best. Now I know so...
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    Sometimes Motherhood Looks Like This

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    Dear Mom Trying to Hold Everything Together, Motherhood isn’t as perfect as most pictures and status updates on Facebook would lead you to believe. Sometimes motherhood is full of tears and self-doubt. Most of the time motherhood consists of tiny moments of grace within a day full of chaos. You, my dear, are not alone! Please listen when I tell you that asking for help isn’t a sign of failure, it’s actually a sign of strength. It is okay to cry. It’s completely acceptable not to live up to the outrageous expectations you’ve placed upon yourself. Night time routines sometimes become...
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    Car Seat Safety Should Not Be a Debate

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      Each year, as the weather starts to get cold, I do a post on the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page about car seat safety and the importance of removing bulky winter coats before putting kids in car seats. Then I grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and watch the internet implode. Post by Plus Size Mommy Memoirs.   I’m always baffled by how people react to me sharing potentially lifesaving information. I live in Colorado where it snows and can get super cold during winter. Like most parents-to-be, my husband and I took a newborn care class...
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    I’m Beauty, Not a Beast

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    Growing up in the 1980′s I was slightly obsessed with the show Beauty and the Beast. The beast, played by Ron Perlman, loved Halloween. It was the only day of the year he could go out in public without people mocking him or becoming terrified. On Halloween he could be himself and walk proudly in his skin. I completely related to his character because I struggled to find comfort in my own skin. I grew up in Southern California, Orange County to the exact, where fat girls are often made to feel like beasts. This photo was taken Halloween of...
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    How to Exercise without Leaving Your Living Room with Essentrics

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    As a plus size woman who is on a journey to body love, I’m always interested in finding new ways to push my amazing body. I’ve recently started to learn how to run and completed my third 5K this past September. When my friend Jenny Bertrand started teaching Essentrics, I wondered what it was all about. When she informed me that it is an exercise for every body type that you can do in your pajamas, I was sold! I couldn’t wait to have Jenny share what Essentrics is all about with the PSMM community.  Isn’t Plus Size Birth inspiring? It has...
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    Miscarriage: Life After Loss

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    I was in 8th grade when my mother had her hysterectomy. I’ll never forget visiting her in the hospital with a room overlooking a busy freeway. Under a heavily medicated state she talked about how life just continues on. She said in the grand scheme of things that she was quite insignificant. It took me 20 years but following my miscarriage in 2012, I finally understood her morphine induced poetic words. For some, miscarriage is a difficult loss but not very impactful. For others it’s a devastating experience that leaves women broken. I landed somewhere in the middle. My miscarriage occurred just...
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    Catchin’ Babies is Normalizing Out-of-Hospital Birth!

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    “I don’t deliver babies, I catch babies. The mother delivers the baby.” You can hop onto YouTube and watch countless natural birth videos but you’re only seeing part of the story. A wonderful new docu-series on YouTube from Gloria Camacho of Creative Bird Productions, aspires to tell the full story. Catchin’ Babies aims to normalize, not glamorize, out-of-hospital birth by showing all that goes into making it a safe and viable option. The women behind this project are striving to change how out-of-hospital childbirth is perceived by mainstream society. Plot: As a team (3 years and 3 of Andrea’s home births later) Joni & Andrea...


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