I'm really excited for this episode because this time I'm learning right alongside all of you. Back in episode 40 I talked about obesity and pregnancy, but I focused too much on the risks and not enough on how to have a healthy a plus size pregnancy. Happily, I get to revisit this topic today with an incredibly knowledgeable guest, Jen McLellan!
Jen McLellan is a published author and founder of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood. She is also a childbirth educator, skilled patient advocate, professional speaker, wife, and mother to a charismatic 10-year-old.
Jen and I first talk a bit about terminology for and common misconceptions about plus size pregnancies. We especially dig into the fact that having a plus size pregnancy does not automatically mean you will have problems or complications, which a lot of websites and providers do not make clear.
We also chat about what a size friendly provider looks like and the importance of medical providers bringing compassion and an awareness of their own biases to their work. Jen also shares some ideas about relative vs. actual risk and tells us about her work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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