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Y’all - This year is flying by! Bookings are currently open for NYC + DC and I have FOUR cities opening tonight at 7pm CST. St. Louis MO, Missoula MT, Buffalo NY, and Toronto ON! -
All cities will have gathering + photoshoot group sessions, private sessions, and scholarships available. Hope to see you on the road!!!
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Xo, Ashlee
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#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #4thtritour #documentaryphotography #postpartumphotography #postpartum #4thtrimester

Y’all - This year is flying by! Bookings are currently open for NYC + DC and I have FOUR cities opening tonight at 8pm CST. St. Louis MO, Missoula MT, Buffalo NY, and Toronto ON! -
All cities will have gathering + photoshoot group sessions, private sessions, and scholarships available. Hope to see you on the road!!!
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Xo, Ashlee
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#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #4thtritour #documentaryphotography #postpartumphotography #postpartum #4thtrimester

I was 23 years old when I gave birth for the first time. Let the record show, I tried to pack my pre-pregnancy jeans in my hospital bag for after birth 😂
Pictured here: 35 years old and baby #5. One hour after birth. No, that’s not another baby in there. But you know I packed my XXL yoga pants this time around.

Let the record also show, that some women CAN get back into their pre pregnancy clothes, ain’t no shame in their “bounce back” game. Some can get in high heels and make-up and wave to their people, and some can’t even get to the bathroom alone. There is no wrong way to have a post birth body. Give your body thanks, let it heal in it’s own time, not any other woman’s body timeline, YOURS. Appreciate the way other women carry their post birth bodies, no matter how “better” than you or “worse” than you that you view it. We are in this together as women and mothers. Let’s uplift our differences, uplift each other and uplift ourselves. And let’s spend less time commenting on other women’s body size after birth, and more time celebrating what matters most: health and happiness.

Meanwhile: Stop staring at your belly with heartache ➡️ instead, let your eyes move towards the gift you waited so very long to meet. Your precious baby.

Shout out to my big ole glorious belly for housing all these little miracles. My middle son fondly refers to you as a “bouncy house” for how squishy you are now. Bounce on my friend. Bounce on.

Resharing via my personal account today. Via @ashleedwells
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We got to see this perfect little human show off quite a bit today. They were resting with their hand on their forehead when we interrupted their sleep and soon responded with fluttering feet and the biggest arching stretch. I’m working hard to replace memories of terrifying and tear filled ultrasound check ins with these that make me giggle so hard our tech can’t do her job. -
At some point between last week and the present I allowed myself to believe that we’ll be bringing this baby home in a few months for the first time. That more than an idea or a memory, they will get to be a person we can hold and touch and watch grow up with their siblings. -
Nothing is certain but right now, they are perfect and I’m working to find reassurance in their flutters and these precious check ins. -
I’d love to not have to explain my dead child or the fact that we don’t care what this humans genitalia are at every appointment when I all I want is to make it through 20+ more weeks of keeping them safe and then see them breathing but I’m learning that some things so common are still treated so strangely even in the best care environments. -
Choosing to celebrate those sweet stretches today. The words “perfect” and “normal”. And another week of growing and good news. -
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#13weekspregnant #rainbowbaby #babynumber4 #pregnancyafterloss #4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodiesproject

When this photo was taken I was feeling healthy and strong and beautiful. I was 28 weeks pregnant with our first daughter and I felt confident and had finally embraced my pregnant body. Now 6 years, 4 pregnancies and 3 babies later I am having to relearn to appreciate my body like I did on this day in Portland, ME six years ago. My body has changed and while the birth of each of my babies was incredibly empowering what has come after is a feeling like my body is so far from strong and beautiful. My postpartum body feels so foreign to me at times. My body has done amazing things from growing humans, to birthing them, to providing nourishment, to a safe place for them snuggle and yet I still struggle with embracing this body. This is a rambling post but I felt a need to share some of the realities of postpartum. Most of us don't get our pre-baby bodies back (I mean how could anyone really - your body is forever changed). For many of us breastfeeding does not melt off the weight. But we can all work to feel stronger, more confident and proud of our bodies and sometimes part of that process means feeling down about them too. #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester

In case you’re looking for a new recipe! 👀 Sheet pan Roasted Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini 🍤🥒🙏🏼
We made this last night and it’s a keeper! I’ll be sharing more recipes like this in my free wellness community group this week 🤗
Makes 4 servings:
Ingredients
* 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
* 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
* ½ tsp. dried oregano
* ½ tsp. dried basil
* ¼ tsp. sea salt (or pink salt)
* ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
* 4 medium zucchini cut into 1/2-inch slices
* 1 lb. medium shrimp peeled, deveined
* ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
* 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
(Just so you know, I never measure spices and herbs and just sprinkle them as I see fit 😂)
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400º F.

2. Line large sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

3. Combine oil, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.

4. Place zucchini on pan. Drizzle with half of oil mixture; mix well to coat. Bake for 10 minutes.

5. Add shrimp to pan; mix well.

6. Drizzle with remaining half of oil mixture; mix well. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until shrimp is firm and opaque, and zucchini is tender-crisp.

7. Drizzle with lemon juice and parsley; serve immediately.
For my clients:
1 Green
1 Red
½ Blue
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#easydinner #easydinnerideas #ketorecipes #mamacancook #mamacooks #motherhoodslens #feedyourbody #crunchymama #eattherainbow🌈 #dinnerdatenight #dateyourhusband #treasuringlittlemoments #healthymamahealthybaby #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #bodyafterbabies #pregocravings

I witnessed and documented this baby girl’s arrival ONE YEAR ago today... it was singlehandedly one of the top 5 most memorable days of my life and has fuelled a passion inside me to capture more birth stories. #ihavethebestjobever #birthphotographer

ANY TOP TIPS FOR DEALING WITH BODILY FLUIDS, ACHEY BITS AND TIREDNESS LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER KNOWN? ———————————————THIS is what “snapping back” after carrying a child looks like. Ice packs on your boobs cuz your milk just came in; ice packs on your entire vag cuz a whole person just tore thru that sucka; bags and circles under your eyes cuz you haven't slept since your water broke; and you're favorite outfit is anything with space for the gigantic pad catching all the blood and fluid falling out of you're body. And snacks that you may fall asleep eating...cuz during the one good hour that you tiny human sleeps, you've got to eat, sleep, and pee, too. You’re so right @nikkig_johnson
thanks for being so honest!

#TakeBackPostPartum #MotherhoodInColor #FourthTrimester #JourneyToMarley #RealLifeSnapBack #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #stopcensoringmotherhood
@birthbecomesher @takebackpostpartum @stopcensoringmotherhood @4thtribodies #momlife #nobodytoldme #amotherplace #newmum #postnatal #postpartum

I stepped onto my mat today for the first time after having my sweet Wolfe, and I am so happy and humbled to be back!! 🙏🙏I felt so centered and pure just getting back to basics #sunsalutations 🌞 🌙

7 weeks postpartum today and started back at the gym! I’m so excited for this journey. I don’t workout because I hate my body, I workout because I love it. This meatsuit and it’s inners is a machine. I need to take care of it. •


#fourthtrimester #fourthtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #postpartumjourney #postpartum #fitfam #fitness #girlswholift

18 months of breastfeeding this little dude. No end in sight. Part of me wishes for him to wean himself (Titus did at 16 months, no fuss), while part of me isn’t ready to break this bond we have. He’s my baby, and maybe I don’t want to admit that he’s growing up.
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Photo in my hand taken by @4thtribodies
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#normalizebreastfeeding #extendedbreastfeeding #bosomnectar #doula #birthphotographer #mompreneurlife #breastfeedingmama #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #stopcensoringmotherhood #theygrowupsofast #momoftwoboys #mamasboyforever #austintexas #atxlife #centraltexas #atxmom #atxsmallbusiness #womentrepreneur #motherhoodrising #honestmotherhood

I had the honor of photographing 14 breastfeeding families at @milksupplychicago recently and will be sharing a few as I have permission. -
When Hannah asked if she could baby wear AND breastfeed during her session I said YES! Please! They were so lovely and this is life for so many of us. -
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#4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #breastfeeding #babywearing #milksupply #chicagophotographer

Movement isn’t always about trying to fit in that bikini, mama 🤰🏼👙 the girls in my virtual wellness workshop are seeing some serious results already- whether they’re pregnant, breastfeeding, mommin’ hard, working full-time or busting their booties in some college classes 🙏🏼 or some combo of all of that! I’ll share in my stories some major wins they’re having, but I’m also excited to open the doors for a new round of this workshop starting on the 23rd. Real food made simple for busy mamas, exercise for any level done on your terms, a girl gang to check-in on you, and I’ll be there with my coaching team to walk you through it all ✊🏼 l i n k in bio to get your app in, or message me here to see if this is whatcha need. If my big ol’ prego belly can make it through a group then I know you can too, sister ✨ we rise by lifting others. .
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#thirdtrimester #thirdtrimesterproblems #normalizebirth #normalizebreastfeeding #birthyourway #mynameismama #motherhoodslens #treasuringlittlemoments #growingandglowing #growingahuman #36weekspregnant #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #mamayoga #mamayogi #yogimama #babyyogi #toddleryoga #ohheymama #takebackpostpartum #diastasisrectirepair

Dealing with my postpartum body has been hard. I don't recognize my stomach most days and I officially have a "mom pooch" it's even harder knowing I'm unable to work out for a few more weeks and sticking to a meal plan... Forget that! I'm lucky if I have time to eat something that doesn't require one hand and 2 hours to get it down. I've been verbally down on myself and not accepting my husbands complements without a negative comment before hand. However I'm striving every day to remember who's watching and whos listening. He may not be able to understand yet but he will before I know it. I never want him to think it's acceptable to speak that way about himself or someone else and I want him to know that real women come with "mom pooches", strech marks, scars, rolls, protruding bones, back dimples, freckles, body hair, and everything in between. And I want him to be able to find beauty in all of it.
#motherhood #postpartumbody #fourthtrimester #4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #boymom #bodypositive #plussize #csection #csectionrecovery #honestmotherhood #boymom #stopcensoringmotherhood

I was daydreaming of this photo last weekend in PDX and figured I should share again here. Because 😍
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Erica Adkisson, Josey, and Cord. Photographed at our second ever tour stop (and first beautiful disaster! 😂📷🌧) in Portland, OR 2013. -
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#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #4thtriportland #bodyimage #postpartum #tandemnursing

One of my 5 year old participants drew this very sweet and adorably accurate picture of his family after their photoshoot in Portland last week. I cried happy tears when his mama sent it my way this morning. -
While this work starts first with uplifting and holding space for parents and their experiences the impact it has on the youth who join us is something so remarkable. -
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Thank you for the smiles and happy tears, B! -
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#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #bodyimage #bodypositive #storytelling #photodocumentary #4thtrimester #4thtribodies

I am 8 months postpartum, I started to workout in January but ever since I gave birth I was eating healthy, even though I couldn’t workout because I injured my knee while feeding my boy at night🙈. Once I was able to get to the gym again, I wanted to do very effective exercise for my butt and core and not just workout without realizing what muscles I am working on, so I studied and put together the best exercises for butt and core. Check my Stories for 7 best butt lifting and toning exercises, you don’t need equipment and you can perform them anywhere.
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#mombod #postpatrumbody #momof2 #bodyafterbaby #fitmomsofig #goalcrusher #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #inspirepregnancy #postpartumfitness #postpartumweightloss #transformationphoto #postpartumjourney #afterbabybody #postpartumrecover #startedwithascreenshot #neverskipmondays #fitmommy #mommytime #lifeofamom #getfit2018 #getfitwithme #fitmomma #fitmomlife #athomeworkouts #sweatyselfie #loveelllie #momswithmuscles #momswhoworkout #investinyourhealth #nogymnoproblem

Look at this beautiful new color from @iconundies It is absolutely breathtaking in person. It is part of their new spring line in the color Rose. What I love even more is when companies I love, are not only making great products for woman, but make a mission of doing good work worldwide! Tag a mama friend or comment with the ways spring is making you happy! #ad #partner

@iconundies MISSION is amazing! “We want to let women know that it is ok to leak, it is normal, and they should not be ashamed of it. 1 in 3 women ages 19-90 leak and those women are not comfortable in pads/panty liners. We want them to feel free! Free from spending money on products that end up in landfills and free to move, run, dance, climb, hike, etc. without worrying about leaking or being embarrassed. We have a partnership with the Fistula Foundation where every pair of Icon sold helps fund the treatment and recovery for women suffering from fistula. In 2016, we fully funded a Fistula project in Madagascar that provided 71 women with life-changing surgeries. This year, we’re funding another project in Madagascar, and our goal is to double the amount of surgeries we provide.
We believe in the power of freedom (free to roam, garden, walk, jog, sit down!), breaking social norms and to alleviate anxiety related to incontinence. “

If you want to support a company doing good work, use this link to check out their products, including this amazing new spring color and use the code LATCH5 for 5$ off of your order!
http://bit.ly/firstlatch-Icon

Portland!!! As always you were amazing. Huge hugs and gratitude to our friends @milagrospdx for their generosity. We’re off to Seattle!!! -
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#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #milagrosboutique #portland #pdx #bodyimage

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