The joyful Jenna Fuchs, currently 38 weeks pregnant with her rainbow, and Camille (2.5).
Jenna is a previous project participant from our Minneapolis tour stop in 2014. You can view her photo and story here.
Jenna had navigated postpartum depression following Camille's birth. It lessened quite a bit when she returned to work at 12 weeks but after doing well, she found herself 6-8 months postpartum realizing she wasn't feeling much of anything. Her postpartum depression had returned and was manifesting in a dangerous way. Jenna was able to seek treatment and started taking Zoloft which helped her feel again but also caused a large amount of weight gain in a very short period of time.
In April of 2015, Jenna miscarried her second pregnancy unexpectedly. An ultrasound at 11 weeks revealed that her baby had stopped growing at 6 or 7 weeks but her body didn't want to let go. Jenna had a D&C and struggled to make sense of her loss. She had conflicting feelings initially about having two babies under two but once she lost her baby she couldn't imaging her family without.
This current pregnancy has been going well though the first trimester brought with it some anxiety. As a pregnant woman who is now plus sized and has a history of miscarriage Jenna has had to fight against being labeled high risk. She has been very healthy throughout and is having craniosacral therapy to help with her comfort.
Jenna recently became a certified lactation educator and counselor and has chosen to provide her lactation support to women pro-bono to help eliminate some of the privilege that comes with birth and breastfeeding. She works as a social worker supporting women who are mothers in recovery and has enjoyed being able to help them as well as other women in her community.
Jenna is now 100lbs heavier than she was when she conceived Camille and loves everything about her body. She is allowed to love herself radically for exactly who she is and wants other women to know that they too are worthy of their own love.