Jess Stetson (35 - she/her) and Thomas (2.5). His twin was lost at 9 weeks.
“We conceived through IUI. We heard his twin’s heartbeat three times, but she didn’t make it.
How has parenthood impacted your body image?
I care less now. I still have issues, still am less than thrilled with it at times, but I am also so proud of it. I got a 9lb 3oz human out. I’ve breastfed for almost 31 months. This body has been used and abused, but it’s created the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. To not like it, to me, is to not like him
What was your postpartum experience?
My postpartum journey was rough. Lots of sleepless nights, incredible anxiety. I was so scared of him. I was scared of failing him and making him hate himself and me being the reason. I knew I needed help, but everyone said I was fine. When I went back to work, it got even worse. I finally went on Zoloft, and I am so thankful for that little drug.
Why did you choose to participate in this movement and share your story?
I believe in empowering women AND empowering myself.