Jen McLellan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day my son was born I not only became a mother but also developed a deep love for my amazing body. After I settled into motherhood I had a strong desire to help women find the strength and beauty within their bodies. Over the past 3 years I’ve built a community of over 168,000 plus size women supporting one another before, during and after pregnancy.

As a writer and certified childbirth educator, 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 hope you enjoy exploring this website. Be sure to subscribe to receive my monthly newsletter packed with of tips for loving your body and your birth. Welcome to Plus Size Birth!


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Recent Blog Posts

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    How Much Respect Do Fat Women Deserve?

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      Do fat women deserve as much respect as women who are not fat?  How much respect do fat women deserve? “It’s the story of my life as a fat person…. that my body is bad. That I’m not as worthy as those who aren’t overweight.” –Jen Stew in that for a minute and think about your answer, and how these questions make you feel.  If you’re offended that someone would even ask, that’s a healthy response. Now apply it to yourself.  As a plus size woman, do you believe you deserve respect? How much respect do you deserve? Think...
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    All About That Bass Parody: I Just Need Some Space

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    Just a few months ago I wrote the article All About That Bass: Body Love or Skinny Shaming? and unintentionally started a heated debate. There’s a clear division between those who love Meghan Trainor’s song, All About The Bass, and those who hate it. I side with those who adore shaking their booty to the song. So when Deva from MyLifeSuckers came out with her new parody video, I Just Need Some Space, I was excited to see it. Deva never disappoints! I felt like hidden cameras had been placed throughout my home and a song was written about my life in Mommy Land....
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    The Milky Way Movie: A Documentary Everyone Should Watch

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      In 2008 a documentary, The Business of Being Born, exposed the real business of birth. For the past 6 years it has been extremely influential, causing millions of women to question their options for childbirth and demand evidence based care. Now there’s a documentary, The Milky Way Movie, doing the same thing for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the most natural act between a mother and child and yet it’s very taboo. This new documentary not only empowers women but also reveals billion dollar industries working hard to shape a dangerous new normal for birth and breastfeeding. l l This is my interview with the...
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    PCOS Birth Story of Hannah Rae

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    September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month. Today we’re sharing Laura’s beautiful PCOS birth story of her sweet Hannah Rae.    I am sharing my story because I found great comfort in reading the memoirs of other mommies who had delivered naturally, especially women considered plus-size.  I had several obstacles to overcome, but was able to deliver my healthy daughter completely naturally.  You CAN do it.  Our bodies were made for this.  Trust in yourself and you can do anything! Shortly after getting married, I was diagnosed with PCOS.  I consulted with the nurse practitioner I was seeing through an OB office, as well as...
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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...