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Today we’ll be talking about having a healthy plus-size pregnancy and birth. While the incidence of cesareans, inductions and other interventions are higher for plus-size women, this does not have to be the case. Jen McLellan is here to share the 3 things that can help you have a fabulous experience, no matter your size. Plus, a special guest appearance from Barley, Reverend and Gus.
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What we talked about:
First things first: being plus-sized does NOT automatically make you high-risk
The three keys to having a healthy plus size pregnancy
Watching out for common vitamin deficiencies
Practicing Intuitive Eating
What you should know about weight gain during pregnancy
Meeting with a size-friendly nutritionist: what does that mean?
Easy ways to stay physically active, and why we love water aerobics
What is a plus-size friendly provider?
How do you find one?
Learn about your state’s BMI restrictions
Does your provider walk the talk? Things to look out for at your first visit
Using your B.R.A.I.N. to advocate for yourself
Helping baby get into a good position
Working around care provider bias
Loving your body, and tips to love it more!
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Jen McLellan is a published author and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. She promotes positive information to empower healthy decision making during pregnancy. Within her blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, she helps women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs along with the adventures of motherhood. Her work has been featured in major publications such as Yahoo Shine, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and International Doula. Jen is also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 5 year old.
Go to her website PlusSizeBirth.com for learn more, and for links to her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube outlets!
Go to PeachieMoms.com to find out more about her body love & dynamic mental health resources and community.