Paola Roldan (24), currently 32 weeks pregnant with Levi, and Eli (22 months).
Oahu, HI. Photographed in West Springfield, Mass.
"I had one miscarriage four months before getting pregnant with my first born. It was very early on in the pregnancy, but it was hard on my husband since he found out while being overseas and couldn't console me the way we both wanted.
My body has undergone so many changes from my first pregnancy and now during my second. I have stretch marks and have dealt with my weight fluctuating the past two years, but I have learned to accept that this body has carried and created my babies.
Body image is not the only thing that is important after having a baby. All the body shaming that I've read and heard about from other mothers is ridiculous, and I would tell my former self to ignore it and just focus on loving my new body. I would tell a new parent the same as well. Our bodies help create the miracle of life, and that is truly what matters.
My sister, Stephanie, actually mentioned this project to me. At first, I was a little hesitant because I have never participated in something like this. After reviewing the work and looking at all the photos of different women with or without their children, I felt more comfortable. This is something that will help me embrace my body even more."