Have you head about the 4th Trimester Bodies Project?
Photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson created the project, a photo series that embraces the changes brought to women’s bodies by motherhood. In a “society obsessed with perfection,” Wells Jackson says “the goal of the project is to shift the focus to the beauty of who we really are.”
The end goal? Wells Jackson plans to publish a book with her photos in hopes of helping new moms who are struggling with their body image.
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“[T]his project has been something that has felt a necessity in my mind for years now,” Wells Jackson tells Huffington Post. “After coming out the other side of a very traumatic pregnancy and birth experience myself and struggling with the strangeness of my new body, I felt like it was finally time to make this project a reality.”
“I see beautiful, inspiring, real women on a daily basis who struggle with their body image because they don’t feel they measure up with who the media tells them to be,” she added. “I feel like this is even more poignant in mothers who often feel like their bodies have been ruined when they should instead be respected for creating, sustaining and nourishing life. So much more needs to be done in our society to embrace body positivity and normalize breastfeeding. … So, I started with my story and it has exploded into a beautiful thing from there.”