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Moms’ Postbaby Bodies

Photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson’s The 4th Trimester Bodies Project proves that stretch marks, scars and other changes don’t mar a mom’s beauty — they help tell her story. Click through the photos!
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Ashlee, with Nova, 5 months postpartum (the photographer herself!)

Her story: A twin lost to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome and an emergency c-section.

 

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A’Driane, with Austin, 6 months postpartum

Her story: Three pregnancies (Austin is her third), the second plagued with prenatal depression. She was able to treat her depression with safe meds this time around.


 

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Aimee, with Paul, 8 months postpartum

Her story: PCOS, trouble gaining weight during pregnancy (only 15 pounds total) and a healthy delivery.

 

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Amber, with Maggie, 4 months postpartum

Her story: Worries about “bouncing back” after baby because of her job in the Air Force. She says she weighs less than she did prepregnancy, but that her body is still “different” and that she wears her stretch marks proudly.

 

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Aubree, with Von, 6 months postpartum

Her story: Preeclampsia, labor induction and breastfeeding.

 

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Bria, with Arrow, 22 months postpartum

Her story: Prenatal and postnatal depression, and breastfeeding.

 

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Brittany, with Ryder, 8 months postpartum

Her story: Natural birth (Bradley Method) and breastfeeding.

 

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Carly, with Addison, 5 months postpartum

Her story: A 22-hour labor followed by a c-section, and breastfeeding.

 

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Carolyn, with Violet, 18 months postpartum

Her story: A quick labor and vaginal delivery.

 

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Catherine, with Taylor (2) and Andrew, 10 months postpartum

Her story: Having her membranes stripped at 39 weeks.

 

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Christina, with Avery (2) and Cambrie, 6 months postpartum

Her story: Infertility issues, smooth pregnancies and water births.

 

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Davie, with Brenlee, 4 months postpartum

Her story: A two-push VBAC delivery.

 

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Jennifer O., with Katherine (14 months) and Byron, 3 months postpartum (after her second)

Her story: An epidural and bottle-feeding.

 

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Jennifer K., with Cara, 11 months postpartum

Her story: A tough time coping with her unwanted c-section, and a good breastfeeding relationship.

 

 

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Julia, with Omolola, 15 months postpartum

Her story: Induction at 39 weeks because of high blood pressure.

 

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Kayla, with Isa, 7 months postpartum

Her story: Live-streaming her home birth.

 

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Kim, with Zachary, 9 months postpartum

Her story: A healthy pregnancy. However, Zachary wasn’t breathing at birth — the midwife had to resuscitate him.

 

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Kym, with Wesley, 14 months postpartum

Her story:  Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness) and early breastfeeding struggles, which she and Wesley overcame.

 

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Lauren, with Eli, 19 months postpartum

Her story: Running a triathlon at six months pregnant.

 

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MaryEllen, with Aaron, 7 months postpartum

Her story: A previous miscarriage and going into labor at 36 weeks.

 

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Megan, with Drew, 4 months postpartum

Her story: Going one-week past her due date, an unexpected c-section and an easy recovery.

 

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Rachel, with Ayla, 3 months postpartum

Her story: Tearing during delivery, and a great breastfeeding relationship.

 

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Sandra, with Ava, 8 months postpartum

Her story: A previous stillbirth. Ava was delivered by c-section because she was breech.


 

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Sara, with Roman, 9 months postpartum

Her story: A surprise pregnancy (she’d been told she could never become pregnant!), and no fear of breastfeeding in public.

 

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Shawn, with Palmer, 9.5 months postpartum

Her story: Modified bed rest and preterm delivery because of placenta previa.

 

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Toi, with Alyson, 7 months postpartum

Her story: A c-section birth and low breast milk supply.

 

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Whitney, with Ferris, 6 months postpartum
By Elena Donovan Mauer