Jordan Grisson (27) and Amelia (7 months)
Long Beach, CA. Photographed in San Diego.
Jordan shares -
"Before I found out I was pregnant, I struggled with binge eating. I would sneak food, and I would eat until I felt sick. I was disgusted with myself. When I found out I was pregnant, I was worried that these struggles would continue. I was also worried that I would hate my body after I gave birth.
Fortunately, my whole mindset changed. Instead of working out for vain reasons, I began working out for my health and stress-reduction. I started eating healthier foods in healthier portion sizes. Most importantly, I started seeing pregnancy and the postpartum period as somewhat of a "do over." A do over in the sense that I completely rebuilt my body and mental state. I've been in complete awe with how resilient and strong the female body is. We are warriors!
Throughout my pregnancy I refused to do any research on cesarean because I was terrified of having one. After 20 hours of labor I developed a high fever and was encouraged by my midwives to go through with a cesarean. I was so upset but after my cesarean I felt great. I was up walking around, and only took a couple Motrin while at the hospital.
However, as soon as I got home I was in horrible pain. I was so swollen, and had a hard time walking. I was also sick at the time with a cold, so every time I coughed my stomach felt like it was going to split open. After a couple weeks I finally started feeling better. I was not prepared for the pain that came with a cesarean, but after all that pain I would definitely do it again in order to get my baby.
If I could pass along one piece of knowledge to my former self, it would be to be kind to myself. Once I stopped being worried about what my body would look like after I gave birth I felt completely renewed and at peace.
I came here today to teach my daughter the importance of loving herself and her body. I also came to share my story, because I have never done so before. It is one of the most empowering things I've done."