Jen McLellan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a writer and certified childbirth educator who advocates for plus size women. I promote positive information to empower healthy decision-making during pregnancy. Within my blog, Plus Size Mommy Memoirs, I help women navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, share tips for embracing your body, and laugh along with the adventures of motherhood. I’m also a skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 4 year old.

I hope you enjoy exploring the Plus Size Birth website. Be sure to subscribe to receive my monthly e-newsletter and connect with a community of over 168,000 women on the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page.


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Recent Blog Posts

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    Sleep Like a Baby During Pregnancy

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    You’ll often hear veteran mommies tell moms-to-be to sleep now because they’ll never sleep again. While it’s true you don’t sleep much with a newborn baby, it’s also quite challenging to sleep while that baby is growing within you! Here are 5 Tips to help you sleep like a baby during pregnancy!l 1. Exercise! Staying physically active throughout pregnancy is a key factor for having a healthy pregnancy. Being active during the day also helps you to sleep at night. I highly recommend looking into water aerobics. It’s a lot of fun and being weightless during pregnancy is so delightful!...
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    This Formula Feeding Mom Supports World Breastfeeding Week

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    Supporting moms and meeting them where they are at is important to me. As is not feeding into the mommy wars that are prevalent online. I truly believe the best way to parent is with love. While I do all I can to keep things balanced, there are some topics I’m very passionate about and breastfeeding is one of them. August 1st – 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. A week to promote, protect, normalize and support breastfeeding. Each year I post articles and images on my Plus Size Mommy Memoirs Facebook page during this week. I’m always shocked how my posts...
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    I’m Fluffy and So What!

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    Liz and I were born and raised in Southern California and fate brought us together in 1994 at Sonora High School. We quickly bonded while doing plays together in drama class. Over the past 20 years we’ve fallen in and out of touch. Recently though our passion for birth has pulled us close together. Liz is a labor and delivery nurse and I’m a childbirth educator. We’ve been known to talk about birth until 3:00 am over the phone while drinking wine and laughing a lot. Just two weeks ago Liz sent me this article she wrote and I was blown away. As...
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    My Body is Not Broken

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    When a casting company asked my Twitter followers to share a new project they were booking, over 100 women responded by saying, “My Body is NOT Broken!” Plus size pregnant women being exploited for entertainment value ends now. Our pregnancies aren’t unusual. Our bodies were designed for this! We unite and demand dignity from our care providers, documentary film makers, the media, and society as a whole.
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    Suit Up for Shameless Summer Fun

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    It’s that time of year again, when people of all shapes and sizes are terrified to put on a bathing suit. We fear not only what society might think of us but what we’ll think of our own reflection. The time has come to STOP the insanity! No, really, knock it off ladies! Why do we continue to deny ourselves fun experiences with our kids? Yes, there’s always a chance someone will be rude and if that happens below are your two options for how you can react… 1. Allow that comment to swallow you whole and refuse to ever...
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    10 Signs Your 3 Year Old is a Threenager

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    Threenager: A 3 year old possessing the attitude and behavior of a teenager. 1. They are a master manipulator in disguise!   See this look? This is not your sweet angel anymore. This is a master manipulator! She will charm you with that darling expression and offer kisses. However, be prepared to stand back the second the word, “no” slips from your lips. Hell hath no fury like a 3 year old that doesn’t get what they want. 2. No is their favorite word. Your precious little one can say this word with the conviction of a teenager.  Then they’ll...
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    I Support Human Rights in Childbirth because…

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      The mistreatment of women during childbirth is rapid amongst women of size. In 1978 the c-section rate for obese women wasn’t any higher than an average size woman. Currently the c-section rate for women of size is near 50%. Women’s bodies haven’t changed within the past 30 years but society has perpetuated the notion that it is okay to shame obese individuals. Within my work I’ve heard countless stories of women being discriminated against by their care providers. Most recently there has been a trend of care providers telling women their vaginas are too fat to have a vaginal birth....