Plus Size Birth Blog
The Plus Size Birth blog shares a collection of birth stories, helpful resources, and evidence-based information to empower plus size people who are trying to conceive or pregnant. Be sure to also check out the Plus Mommy Podcast featuring body positive activists, writers, actors, birth professionals, and moms.
Wherever you are along your parenthood journey, we are here to support you!
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A doula will remind you to hold onto a simple truth that’s often forgotten: You know your body best. Here are 4 ways doulas support plus size parents.
It's over. It's been over for a year; why won't it go away? When birth trauma is triggered it can stop you in your tracks. Birth trauma is real!
It was time to let go of the natural birth idea and let science listen to the message Mother Nature was sending. It was time to have a plus size emergency c-section.
We heard from Sarah, who has a BMI of 35 and is concerned she is at “high risk” for a stillbirth with her baby. What are her real obesity stillbirth risks? Let's talk about it!
The news, of having a Single Umbilical Artery pregnancy, cast a shadow of uncertainty over what should have been a giddy, happy, excited time preparing for the arrival of our first child.
I had planned a plus size natural birth from the beginning. So I was trying to mentally talk myself into believing that I could handle the pain for just a few seconds at a time.
So many of us, experiencing an obese pregnancy, have been misled to believe we can't have a healthy outcome. The reality is people of all sizes can and do have healthy pregnancies! This is Adriane's story.
If you’re wondering, ‘Should I share my birth story?’ The answer is yes! Bryn Huntpalmer of The Birth Story Podcast joins the blog to talk about why all birth stories matter.
My photographer worked her magic to make me feel comfortable which I really think showed in our photos. I'm beyond overjoyed at how these plus size maternity images turned out.
The birth story of Georgia Lin truly demonstrates the difference in care plus size people receive when they connect with size-friendly care providers.
I think back at those amazingly hard 30 hours and how emotional they were. I can’t believe I doubted my body and my baby. This is my plus size VBAC story!
Moral of my story, as a plus size mom, is that you get to take your care into your own hands. This is my transfer birth story from a birth center to the hospital.
The child you're carrying in your belly will not care about the stretch-marks or the added pounds. Don't miss out and regret not doing a plus size maternity photo shoot!
Recently the site CafeMom launched, Plus-Size Pregnant & Proud with the desire to lift the veil around plus size pregnant and provide comfort to plus-size moms to be.
After years of not conceiving I thought it wasn't possible. I was shocked to see that perfect little plus sign. I immediately worried, would I have a healthy plus size pregnancy and baby? Would l look pregnant or just fat? I had so many plus size pregnancy fears!
I envisioned myself in a long flowing dress accenting a round baby bump. However, these are my adoption maternity photos, and I couldn't be happier!
We all know it’s going to happen…someone is going to say something that will set you over the edge. I thought I’d offer up a few body positive holiday survival tips that help me and might also support you.
Five women open up about their plus size pregnancy bellies. Inspiring stories about pushing themselves to have maternity photos taken and embrace their bodies.
I thought I would be mad about Kate’s plus size pregnancy storyline on This Is Us ending in a miscarriage. However, the way they handled it was perfect.
I planned things for a living. The decision to have a child was no different. This is my story of four years of trying to conceive with PCOS.
This is my body, this body carried me through 24 years of life and it’s growing a whole human being right now! I'm literally creating another person with my own body and am going to be able to sustain his life with my body after he's born. What's more amazing then that?! Absolutely nothing.
This Is Us fans, especially plus size fans, are speaking (and freaking) out about the This Is Us plus size pregnancy storyline.
The loss of a pregnancy is something that impacts people in many different ways – and all of those ways should be honored. A mother should be supported as well as her partner. This is one mom's story of giving birth after pregnancy loss…
Encouraging women to have an orgasm while in labor isn’t something new – but I’m thrilled it was part of this Grey’s Anatomy storyline.
It's that time of year again most people love and a few of us dread – time to pick out your plus size Halloween costume for maternity or motherhood!
My body did know what to do, and it was doing it! This is Sarah's plus size VBAC homebirth story following a traumatic cesarean birth.
The night before I got the positive pregnancy test, I had a dream. A little boy with brown hair, waiting calmly. This is my birth center birth story!
I thought my body was a failure because we had a different journey than others. But then I look at my daughter and think to myself “my goodness, my body was perfect for her”.
To some plus size maternity photography is just the act of having photos taken. To others, it’s an experience that impacts their self-confidence for a lifetime!
It has been challenging to find gorgeous plus size maternity gowns…until now! Here you'll see plus size maternity gowns for everything from breathtaking photo shoots to your baby shower, and any formal events you might be attending, or even just a special date with your love!
Not all pregnancies, births, or postpartum experiences go according to plan. This is Letrez’s plus size c-section birth story. This is a mother's strength!
I recently went on the hunt for chub rub solutions and quickly discovered that not all options for plus size people are created equal.
I’ve brought on a guest expert to talk about gestational diabetes nutrition tips for helping to reduce your risk or manage GD. Lily Nichols is a registered dietitian, diabetes educator and researcher with expertise in prenatal nutrition and gestational diabetes.
Experts estimate that 1 in 100 Americans have celiac disease but as many as 97% of people with celiac disease don’t even know they have it! There are studies showing increased risks during pregnancy (and an impact on fertility). We need to be having these conversations and people need to be getting tested.
For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a mommy. I never expected it would be such a struggle to get here. This is my plus size infertility story.
Dear Plus Size Mom: I am guilty of dreading our time together doing fetal monitoring. I am guilty for thinking about your weight before thinking about your pregnancy. And I am sorry.
While common plus size pregnancy frustrations include not being able to find affordable plus size maternity clothes or struggling to connect with a size friendly care provider – let’s dig deeper!
Last week Leilani Rogers, an amazingly talented photographer shared this photo on her Facebook page. It left me breathless.
Then I read the text that went along with the photo and I lost it. This is a story of my family's loss and another family's story of birth after loss. This is the impact of pregnancy loss for dads and partners…
As a surgical nurse, I know that a controlled situation is much better than an emergency. I did not want to get into an emergency situation so I opted to go for the controlled c-section.
I kept watching the episode and it was nearly impossible to not get sucked in. I double dare anyone to finish that first episode and not continue on to watch the second. I was thankful Kate had a love interest, even if they did meet at her weight loss group. And while I found myself falling in love with the show, just as I did with Grey’s Anatomy, I kept wanting Kate to stop focusing on hating her body all the time; from weight loss group meetings to fat camp.
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