“Whether you’re plus size, full of loose skin, stretch marked up, or scarred. All of it is postpartum. All of it counts. All of it means something. Because all of it is part of you. And you, mama, are worthy.”
That’s the message Meghan Boggs is sending in a recent Instagram post where she introduced her latest project: “This Is Postpartum.” It's a powerful video where Boggs discusses her personal battle with postpartum, and speaks with a handful of other women who each have their own journey to share.
As a plus size mother, Boggs felt alone in her postpartum struggle. She realized quickly it was because plus size moms are hesitant to speak out. And so, she set out on a mission to encourage women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to open up about their story. It is a project she’s been working on for a few months, and the mom of one is excited to finally share it with others.
“Towards the beginning of the summer, I started thinking about reaching out to other mothers and asking them to share with me. Asking mothers of every size and shape to stand up with me and to show that not all of our experiences are the same. We aren’t doing this alone,” she explains.
“And today, those strong mothers are standing up. We are sharing our stories. Some of us for the very first time, and some of us for the hundredth time. But every time is meaningful. Our journey is meaningful. Every part of our postpartum experience is normal and we all fall on to some part of its wide spectrum. So today, and from now on, let’s share. Let’s stand up. Let’s embrace our postpartum bodies together.”
The full video project has been viewed more than 23,000 times on Facebook, and tells stories of despair, hope, bravery, and strength.
“Twenty mothers. All shapes. All sizes. All experiences. Sharing one mission. To show mothers around the world that they are not alone in their experiences and struggles with accepting and loving their postpartum bodies in whatever shape, size or form they come,” Boggs explains in the caption.
Whether you share your postpartum message via social media or simply over coffee with a friend, remember you are never alone. Be conscious of some common postpartum signs so you know what symptoms to look out for and how to treat them.