Megan Louise Lantz (35), Catherine (5.5) and Oliver (16 mo)
Megan is a previous project participant. You can view her
Megan shares -
"I am fortunate enough to not have suffered a pregnancy loss of any type, although we did battle infertility in the beginning.
Giving birth, and especially breastfeeding, has given me a love for my body that I had never known before. I spent so much of my life hating and distrusting my body, that to have it successfully grow and nourish two babies was so amazing that I couldn't not start to love it.
There was such a vast difference between both of my postpartum experiences. My first was an emergency cesarean at 35 weeks, with major risks to my health and a handful of post-op complications that made bonding difficult at first. I had fully expected to just adore my baby from the moment I saw her, but I had to come to terms with weeks of adjustment and pain interfering on top of that.
My second was a carefully scheduled cesarean, balancing my health with keeping him in as long as possible. The surgery was so peaceful and happy, and bonding was so much easier. It healed parts of me that I didn't even know were hurting after my first birth.
After participating last year, I wanted to do it again because of how much I love the message. Also, my daughter had a hard time last time and ended up not being able to stay for the actual photo, so I'm hoping to be able to celebrate bodies with both of my children this time.
You will doubt yourself countless times, but as long as you treat yourself and others, especially your children, with kindness and respect, you can get through anything. "