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Ana Grullon (27) and Dominic (13 months) -
Dominican Republic | Toronto

Ana shares - “Four days after Dominic’s due date, I started to have an awful headache and I went to the hospital as a precaution. This led to my birth being induced and a number of scary interventions. Because of my slow progression I was increasingly given more Pitocin, which made my contractions stronger and very close together. I opted for an epidural because the pain was adding to my anxiety, especially seeing how the contractions were affecting my baby’s heart rate.
Their position was not ideal for a vaginal birth so after 18 hours of labour, being fully dilated and multiple failed attempts to manually move them to a better position, I had an emergency cesarean. I was only able to hold my baby for a minute or two right after their birth, but it was the best feeling ever to finally “meet” them. While Dad did skin to skin with baby and I was being sewn up, I started to feel unwell. I felt weak, was very pale and could barely hold Dominic in the recovery room. I was told it was normal, but I knew it wasn’t. The bruising on my belly indicated to me that there had been internal bleeding after the surgery. The next 5 days at the hospital it was a constant battle of trying to get the medical staff to listen to my concerns. They were more concerned about my ability to breastfeed my baby instead of my physical and mental well being.
One iron IV and two blood transfusions later I was finally home with a healthy baby, but I was far from being okay. The first few weeks postpartum were so much more difficult than I expected. Breastfeeding became impossible because of my low production caused by the anemia. My belly was incredibly painful, bruised and swollen from the surgery, which made it hard to sit or stand. I felt like I was failing my baby. I obsessed about my milk production and was pumping most of the day. I reached a breaking point and decided to seek help. After seeing a psychiatrist, I was prescribed antidepressants. It took months to start to see improvement, but slowly I emerged from the depression with medication and the help of my psychotherapist.” Full story at 4thTriBodies.com

Stephanie Thompson (40), Fletcher (3), and Arthur (18 months - pictured)

Elk Grove, California | Missoula, Montana

Stephanie shares - “ I have struggled with poor body image from a very young age. My weight has always fluctuated and being teased was common. I don't think I have ever truly been fit and have more negative thoughts than positive when it comes to my body. However, after having kids I am learning how to be kinder of myself and embrace the amazing thing my body was able to do twice.
We were never really sure if we even wanted to have kids, but found ourselves talking and playing with the idea more and more; so we decided to give it a go. To our surprise we became pregnant quickly, the excitement was followed by panic, did I mess up? I have no idea how to raise a child. One day while driving by myself It hit me, I was in fact now, not alone. I was now sharing and giving my body, there was no getting "away". We started of with an OBGYN and quickly followed our hearts to a nearby midwife clinic, the best decision we could have made. We eased into what I would call a normal pregnancy. All of my check ups were going great, then at around 24 weeks the midwife noticed my belly wasn't measuring where it should be and sent us for an ultrasound. Fletcher was diagnosed with IUGR, (intrauterine growth restriction). As if we weren't already shaken enough by the new direction our lives were headed. We kept up with frequent trips across town for check ups, there was talk of early induction but I wanted nothing more than to give my baby a chance to choose when HE was ready- so we fought. Rest, smoothies and Netflix.
The one thing that I read over and over again was "to have a birth plan, but be flexible"- yes indeed. (This truth can be applied to many things.) There was no music or swaying by the parents to be, Fletcher came earth side at 40 weeks and 2 days and seconds after his entrance I hemorrhaged and the room seemed to go from calm to chaos. Once we were released from the hospital, our household of two was flipped upside down and was now a house of three.
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Full story at 4thTriBodies.com

New blog post up today! 8 years ago if you had have told me my body would look like this today I probably never would’ve eaten again. I’m not a size 8 anymore, my belly has a collection of stretch marks (white from being big, purple from being pregnant), and I have a lingering scar from a belly button piercing gone wrong.

Click the link in my bio to read more!











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My body has been on a CRAZY journey! From best shape of my life before pregnancy (not pictured) to 39 weeks, to 2 weeks postpartum!
I gained a total of 40 lbs and by 2 weeks post birth I am down 22 lbs! Only 18 lbs away from my starting weight and about 25 lbs away from my goal weight!
During my pregnancy I stayed active the entire time! I used my at home workouts right up until birth. I also made sure to focus on nutrition [65/35 instead of 80/20]. And now as I enter this next phase I will also be focusing on NUTRITION! I’m starting our 100% mindful nutrition program with other new mommas in a support group this coming Monday in which I’ll be sharing my journey postpartum- so if you want to join us message me! 😘

My body is different. I have less muscle tone. My hips are wider. I have more cellulite now. My belly isn’t flat anymore. But it’s all part of the JOURNEY! And none of it means I can’t have my dream body back after all this! My goal over the next couple weeks is to concentrate on fueling my body mindfully for baby and I until I’m cleared to start working out again!
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Ain’t that the fucken truth. Credit @4thtribodies.
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I wouldn’t trade my age or life now for a thing. Every year, I’m happier and I give fewer fucks.
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Real. Postpartum. Body.

I’ve definitely got ideas about my healthiest self, and it includes a ‘leaner’ self- however it’s becoming evident that leaning up isn’t going to take away this crease.

This crease is here any time I’m sitting- who am I kidding- even standing really, and is a result of the life my body made! Even absent of the luscious-ness behind it, that skin has expanded to hold and nurture 4 babies! Those marks are daily reminders of how big and healthy I can carry - of how resilient my body is, to stretch in such a way!

In my more victim-driven moments, I can find myself frustrated by the lack of collagen or elastin or WHAT-THE-HELL-EVER is claimed to bring skin back, that my skin has. Or even jealous of those that just don’t get stretch marks. . . . But when I’m genuinely focused on gratitude, I realize how much My skin HAS come back! All I have to do is look back to my pregnancy selfies from a mere 8 months ago, when 2, 6lb humans were in that womb! It’s a wonder this belly isn’t draped in my lap ALL the time 😂- it really is a WONDER! This human body. This human experience. This motherhood is a WONDER to marvel at!

Striving, everyday to love this belly, this body, imperfectly perfect in all its wonder, unconditionally.
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Love this BTS capture from @mid.drift.movement yesterday! You can read a preview of Andi’s story by clicking through to their page. -
#Repost @mid.drift.movement
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One of my faves from yesterday with @4thtribodies . This is @sidewardslide and their daughter looking absolutely joyful. This is why we need to tell these stories so that parents know they are all valuable and wonderful and need to be heard. Thank you to all who participated and shared. Also thanks to @sidewardslide for allowing me to post this gloriousness.
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#Repost @4thtribodies ・・・
Our new human will be here at any point in the next 6ish weeks. Bad form to send this to anyone who asks to come meet them? 😂 Wondering if I can also steer them towards the laundry, dishes, or big kids rather than the actual baby?! -
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What an awesome idea and project! Follow @4thtribodies to see and learn more! #Repost @4thtribodies with @get_repost
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Minneapolis! You were amazing. I had dreams that our last tour stop before settling in to welcome our new human would be one of the best and wow, was that delivered. -
We shared space with nearly 30 families full of beautiful humans today who all came together from such different places, experiences, and perspective and created community - a safe, beautiful, empowering space in which to process, share, and celebrate together. -
Sending so much love to all of our participants and endless gratitude to @mid.drift.movement for joining us and @bloomayoga for hosting. -
Flowers and I are heading back to Chicago for some resting, nesting, catching up on edits, and working towards another great year on the road. -
Photo repost @radicalxismosa
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today i participated in an amazing photography/storytelling project that honors body positivity and postpartum care ✨shoutout to @4thtribodies and @mid.drift.movement for creating movements that provide sacred spaces for healing. i can’t wait to read/hear everyone’s stories and see the final photos ♥

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Minneapolis! You were amazing. I had dreams that our last tour stop before settling in to welcome our new human would be one of the best and wow, was that delivered. -
We shared space with nearly 30 families full of beautiful humans today who all came together from such different places, experiences, and perspective and created community - a safe, beautiful, empowering space in which to process, share, and celebrate together. -
Sending so much love to all of our participants and endless gratitude to @mid.drift.movement for joining us and @bloomayoga for hosting. -
Flowers and I are heading back to Chicago for some resting, nesting, catching up on edits, and working towards another great year on the road. -
Photo repost @radicalxismosa
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today i participated in an amazing photography/storytelling project that honors body positivity and postpartum care ✨shoutout to @4thtribodies and @mid.drift.movement for creating movements that provide sacred spaces for healing. i can’t wait to read/hear everyone’s stories and see the final photos ♥

#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodies #storytelling #postpartum #postpartumjourney #postpartumsupport #bodypositivity #bodypositive #stopcensoringmotherhood #bodylove #selflove #selfcare #communitycare #healing

today i participated in an amazing photography/storytelling project that honors body positivity and postpartum care ✨shoutout to @4thtribodies and @mid.drift.movement for creating movements that provide sacred spaces for healing. i can’t wait to read/hear everyone’s stories and see the final photos ♥

#4thtrimesterbodiesproject #4thtrimester #4thtrimesterbodies #storytelling #postpartum #postpartumjourney #postpartumsupport #bodypositivity #bodypositive #stopcensoringmotherhood #bodylove #selflove #selfcare #communitycare #healing #lifeafteronyx

As my almost 2yr old woke for the 3rd time at 5.30am I decided to put him in my bed just to try and sleep a little longer but there was no chance.

Wriggle, wriggle "morning mummy" "wake up mummy"
And then I get "cuddle mummy" in which he lay down and purposly slid his arm behind my head and wrapped both his arms around my neck and at that moment I filled with such love I was no longer tired.
This saying is so very true and these moments are for precious than any jewel I have ever worn 💗

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This is my photo from the shoot I did with Ashlee from @4thtribodies from the summer of 2016. Three of my four kiddos were game to be in the photo. The older ones were weirded out that Mom was in her bra and undies and I get that. We were at the beginning of this project and they were still figuring it all out (as were we). They still had to sit through an interview afterwards too. But they did it and they rocked it like they always do. I remember feeling so aware of where I was. I was in Ashlee’s studio in Chicago, with my family starting to collect interviews from the many people we long admired doing this work celebrating postpartum bodies. And here it was MY turn. The camera was pointed at me and the body I was so used to covering up. I had to actively work to not want to turn away from her or cover areas I didn’t want highlighted. Essentially I was forcing myself to do what I implore you all to do-see your body in its beauty. See the story it tells and hold it with a gentle love. And I am so glad that I did because look what I have to share with you. ❤️ Minneapolis area parents you have this opportunity to also have one of these tomorrow. There are a few slots left in our event and you can check @4thtribodies for the info. Everyone else, you can follow Ashlee and her work as she travels to other cities in the future (after a well deserved baby break) and go to one of her events and get one of these for yourself. You deserve it you have earned it.
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Diastasis Recti Safe Exercises! 💪⠀
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@adelefitmomof4 👉"Some women’s ab muscles go back to normal after the baby is born, and some do not…mine never have, and chances are yours haven’t either—which is why you are here. The good news is that the diastasis caused by #pregnancy can be corrected with exercises and stretches designed to optimize deep core muscular function. So ladies, don’t worry—your body wants to function right, and it will!"⠀
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✔Make sure you focus and move slowly—keeping the mind-body connection. In other words, don’t just go through the moves.⠀
✔You’ll notice that breathing is a KEY component to all of these movements: Deep inhales, and exhale when you activate the muscles.⠀
✔Consider wearing a Belly Bandit Belly Wrap. It has worked WONDERS for me. Not only will a #postpartum girdle support your core while lifting, but more importantly, it will act as a cue/reminder to activate and draw in with your core while lifting.⠀
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For more information on diastasis recti and helpful tips from Adele head to the Bandita Blog, https://bellybandit.com/blogs/bandita-blog⠀

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