The amazing Melanie Searcy with her son Nate (almost 4) and daughter Emily (17 months). Emily was very sick all through her first pregnancy and had to be medicated to deal with the constant nausea and vomiting. Her birth with him was textbook by her doctors standards, an unmedicated, vaginal delivery in hospital and quite quick at just 3 hours from the time she arrived to when he was born. She had a hard time afterwards with the baby blues but was fortunate enough to have a doula who was very helpful during the postpartum period. Melanie was even sicker during Emily's pregnancy and was medicated again. She only labored at the hospital 2 hours this time before Emily was born without complication. She's continued to deal with postpartum depression but has found medication to be very helpful. Breastfeeding has come easy to Melanie and her babes, she was able to nurse Nate for 29 months and Emily is still nursing.
Melanie has always not liked her body and has tried to lose weight. She was active and thin and completed a half Iron Man and still wasn't happy with her body. She started following 4th Trimester Bodies Project while pregnant with Emily and says that seeing the stories and other women began to really influence how she felt about her body. After Emily's delivery they were standing in the bathroom naked together when she realized, "This body feels like home." She was only about 4 weeks postpartum at the time and realized that she loved her body, her body felt powerful, it is wonderful and amazing because it has grown and nourished her children.