The beautiful Carla Pastorelli, Gianna (15) and Olivia (12). Carla is also mother to Augustin (17).
All three of Carla's pregnancies were medically uncomplicated physically but made increasingly more challenging by the extremely emotionally abusive relationship she was in at the time. She believes strongly in the need to note that a mothers mental health is very important throughout her pregnancy and beyond and there can be repercussions within our children if we are not. With Carla's first birth, she learned her doctor had stripped several women's membranes so they would all deliver with his partner when he wasn't on call. She went from a walking epidural and pain meds with her first, to just pain meds with her second and no medication at all with her third. It was very important for her to be present and able to feel what was happening through her labor and birthing process. She feels lucky that her pregnancies and births were without complication and she has such beautiful kids.
Carla was asked by a friend why she wanted to do this and she says that it's not that she herself is very confident but she tries to see herself as others see her and wanted to share her story to show other women exactly the same thing. That if they can look at her and see beauty they can also see it in themselves. She is a single mother now after finding her way out of the unhealthy relationship she had with her children's father and has made it her mission to raise amazing children. She's started and established her own successful business to give her kids the best foundation possible and tried to find the time to take care of herself and grow as a person along the way. Carla believes strongly that you grow through living and making mistakes. The older you are and the more life experience you have, the wiser you are able to become, it is those things - the screw ups and mistakes. the learning and growth that make all of us beautiful and all of us unique.
The world isn't the same place it used to be she says, with everyone glued to their phones and social media the image of what a woman is "supposed to" look like versus what a woman does look like has become disconnected. Our bodies change so much thorughout our lives and our stories, they are still beautiful, they're just different. Being able to share that with her girls and with other women is so important because we all are beautiful.