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9 Photos of What Moms Really Look Like After Baby

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project by photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson is “dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth, and breastfeeding.” It’s time for new moms to kick negative body thoughts to the curb. Here is a snapshot of how birth and pregnancy changes a woman’s body… and how it is something to be honored.

Rainbow Baby 1 of 9
Motherhood is about bearing the marks of two pregnancies with one angel baby looking down on you. Read more of Nicole's story at The 4th Trimester Bodies Project.
Varying Birth Experiences 2 of 9
Motherhood is about three pregnancies, with differing childbirth outcomes. You never know what can happen, and the marks you possess remind you that motherhood is about the unexpected. Read more of Heidi's story at The 4th Trimester Bodies Project.
Overcoming Bulimia 3 of 9
Motherhood is overcoming battles with food and your body, and embracing what pregnancy does to your skin as you glean the sweet reward at the end. Read more of Cora's story at The 4th Trimester Project.
Veteran Mom 4 of 9
Motherhood is about raising your children, and viewing your body as the vessel which helped create such amazing lives. Read more of Emily's story at The 4th Trimester Blog Project.
Born Sleeping 5 of 9
Motherhood is seeing all those marks on your body, with reminders of your sweet angel, as you try to cope. Read more of Paula's story on The 4th Trimester Project.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum 6 of 9
Motherhood is looking at your body, conquering a severe sickness, to see how worth it was to be able to hold two sweet boys, one of which has Down's Syndrome, appreciating all the precious small moments. Read more of Andrea's story on The 4th Trimester Project.
Homebirth Turned C-Section 7 of 9
Motherhood is seeing those marks your body still carries, remembering how the best laid plans can change in a moment, yet looking forward to a new little one. See more of Jessica's story at The 4th Trimester Project.
Escaping An Abusive Marriage While Pregnant 8 of 9
Motherhood is seeing all those marks appear on your body, all the while hoping for a better future for you and your child. Read more of Ellen's story at The 4th Trimester Project.
Ashlee Wells Jackson: The Photographer 9 of 9
Meet Ashlee Wells Jackson, the amazing woman behind The 4th Trimester Bodies Project, pictured with her daughter Nova. She's learning to view her pregnancy marks as beautiful after a difficult pregnancy and childbirth of her twin daughters. For information on how to be a part of her project, to help show how motherhood is about embracing all those marks your bodies bear in the plight to create life, go to The 4th Trimester Bodies Project to see what cities she is photographing in next. She never turns anyone away. Be a part of a revolution!

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