Plus Mommy Podcast

By Jen McLellan, Plus Size Pregnancy Expert & Body Positive Influencer

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Plus Mommy explores plus size pregnancy, motherhood and body love. From bumps to bellies, we talk about it all!

Episode Date
Helpful Tips For Flying While Fat | 15

The friendly skies can be quite intimidating when you’re flying while fat. Will I be able to fit in the seat comfortably with the armrests down? Can I handle the embarrassment of asking for a seatbelt extender if I need one? What should I do if people give me a dirty look? These are all entirely legitimate concerns that we’ll navigate through while we talk about flying while fat.

Let’s start by addressing the reality of flying while fat. Then share tips for planning ahead, and how to reduce your travel anxiety on the big day.

Between TSA and delayed flights, traveling is stressful enough. Here’s to less turbulence ahead when you apply these tips for flying while fat.

Aug 12, 2018
Sam’s Plus Size Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Story | 14

Every mother has a story. Every story matters! Sam Reyes, a body positive influencer, talks about her very personal experiences surrounding plus size pregnancy and breastfeeding.

More than one OB-GYN told Sam that she shouldn’t get pregnant because of her size. They made her feel terrible about her body and tried to extinguish her dream of becoming a mother.

After five years of trying, she became pregnant!

Sam’s plus size pregnancy and breastfeeding journeys are very relatable. For those of us who exist in larger bodies, our narratives hold common threads. From assumptions made about what our bodies are capable of to frustrations around finding clothes like plus size nursing bras.

Pregnancy and postpartum is a time in our lives that’s so exciting. It’s also a unique period that feels isolating and is full of many disappointments that most people don’t openly express. I’m thankful moms like Sam Reyes are willing to talk about their struggles and triumphs. By sharing, we learn tips and tricks that can benefit one another.

We help plus size moms to feel less alone!

Aug 05, 2018
Race, Adoption, And Body Love With Pia Schiavo-Campo | 13

Pia Schiavo-Campo joins the Plus Mommy Podcast to have a crucial conversation about race, adoption, motherhood and body image. From how to be an ally to people of color to letting go of perfection in motherhood, Pia generously shares!

She talks about the importance of reading diverse books to our children. How it’s okay to take up space as people of size and to stop apologizing for our bodies. As well as a reminder that we are enough! This interview will honestly stay with me, and I hope it impacts you as well.

Jul 29, 2018
Fat Shaming And Skinny Shaming With Actress Reid Cox | 12

Actress Reid Cox openly shares details about her struggles with body dysmorphic disorder and disordered eating. Reid and I share what it’s like to exist in bodies we’ve worked very hard to embrace. As well as how fat shaming and skinny shaming are equally harmful.

We need to stop allowing the media to pin fat and thin women against one another. People of all sizes struggle with body image and self-love! Let’s continue to share our stories, speak out when we see shaming, and support one another. Learn more!

Jul 23, 2018
Is It Possible To Have A Plus Size VBAC? | 11

It is possible to have a plus size VBAC if you’re a good candidate and connect with a care provider who will back your decision. Yet, finding a size-friendly and VBAC supportive provider can be extremely challenging.

Jen Kamel, the founder of VBAC Facts, joins the Plus Mommy Podcast to talk about VBAC options. Jen shares not only the benefits but also the risks of considering a VBAC. We break down some common misconceptions and talk specifically about the unique struggles of having a plus size VBAC. 

Jul 15, 2018
When You've Been Fat-Shamed By Your Doctor | 10

Being fat-shamed by your doctor is not okay and yet many people feel as if they must accept this substandard level of care. We need to talk about not only what’s occurring behind closed doors but what people who have been fat-shamed by their care providers can do about it. 

Writer and nurse, Joni Edelman, is my special guest this episode. She speaks from her experience as not only a nurse but also as a fat patient. We talk openly about what it feels like to be fat-shamed and how to be your own best advocate. 

Know that you’re worthy of proper medical care and should always receive dignified care! Learn more here

Jul 08, 2018
7 Things You Should Know About Being Plus Size And Pregnant | 9

There’s a lot of misinformation about what it’s like to be plus size and pregnant. If you spend a few minutes on Google, you’ll be led to believe that you can’t have a healthy outcome for you and your baby. The truth is most plus size people have perfectly healthy pregnancies!

For the past seven years, I’ve supported thousands of plus size pregnant people. Here are the top 7 things every person should know about being plus size and pregnant.

1. Your body is incredible!

2. There are many plus size pregnancy misconceptions.

3. Hire a size-friendly care provider!

4. From nutrition to being physically active – take great care of your body!

5. Plus size maternity clothes do exist!

6. Your bump will probably take longer to pop.

7. Body image struggles are normal, and you’re not alone.

Learn more about each of these topics here

Jul 01, 2018
Embrace Your Summer Body And Suit Up For Summer Fun | 8

Suiting up for summer fun can be difficult when you don’t feel like you have a summer body. Guess what? Put a bathing suit on your body, and you have a summer body! Let’s navigate the tricky waters of summertime and body image, together. Stop depriving yourself of fun experiences for fear of what others might think of your body.

This is the body you have today, and this is the body you’ll have this summer season. Regardless of how many advertisements you come across that lead you to believe that your body is something you should cover up – it’s perfectly okay to embrace your body!

There are swimsuits out there for people of nearly every size so don’t feel limited.

Learn more! 

Jun 24, 2018
Plus Size Babywearing And Postpartum Support Tips For EveryBODY | 7

When it comes to babywearing, there’s a misconception that plus size babywearing options don’t exist. The reality is carrier companies are far more inclusive than most maternity clothing companies. There are babywearing options for people of all sizes!

Babywearing is just one small piece of helping to set yourself up for postpartum. Planning for postpartum success is critical at this time in your life that can feel very isolating.

Laura Brown is a babywearing expert and postpartum doula. She’s our special guest during this episode! We talk not only about plus size babywearing but how to set yourself up for the postpartum period.

We laugh about the realities of parenthood and address the real need for more postpartum support in our society. 

Find our tips for plus size babywearing and postpartum support here

Jun 17, 2018
Plus Size Pregnancy Struggles And Finding Self-Love | 6

When you’re plus size and pregnant it’s easy to feel invisible since the outside world can’t tell you’re growing life within you. Mia joins the podcast to share her plus size pregnancy struggles and journey to finding self-love during pregnancy.

“Pregnancy gave me a great gift of teaching me how to take care of myself through love.”

Mia’s guest post on the Plus Size Birth website, My Invisible Plus Size Pregnancy, perfectly expresses what it’s like to have plus size pregnancy struggles. She goes deeper into these obstacles as well as how she treats her body with kindness in this 6h episode of the Plus Mommy Podcast. Mia also emphasizes the importance of connecting with a size-friendly care provider and opens up about postpartum.

For anyone who has experienced a plus size pregnancy or is about you, you’ll relate to everything Mia shares!

Jun 10, 2018
How Can I Learn To Love My Body? | 5

There’s so much pressure from society telling us that we’re not good enough. Today I grant you permission to start blocking out those messages and begin to love yourself and your body. If you’re wondering, ‘how can I learn to love my body?’, here are seven tips that will help transform your body image.

Jun 03, 2018
Self-Love And Raising Body Positive Kids With Amy Pence-Brown | 4

Body positive activist Amy Pence-Brown bravely wore a black bikini and a blindfold in the middle of a farmer’s market. A video of her Stand for Self-Love went viral and has gained over two hundred million views. She joins the show to share that experience and tips for raising body positive kids. Learn more here

May 27, 2018
Part Two: Talking To My Mom About Motherhood And Body Image | 3

This is part two of talking to my mom about the topics we cover on the Plus Mommy Podcast – plus size pregnancy, motherhood and body love. Here we continue our conversation about motherhood and then dig in deep with body image. My mother shares her over 60-year journey of struggling with body image and how things were much different during the Twiggy Era.

You’ll hear me jump on my soapbox about body image, chairs without arms and capturing motherhood. This is one of those episodes that I hope reminds everyone listening that they are worthy of self-love!

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May 18, 2018
Part One: Talking To My Mom About Plus Size Pregnancy And Motherhood | 2

Ever wonder what being plus size and pregnant was like nearly 40 years ago? What about body image issues? In this episode of the Plus Mommy Podcast, I brought the woman who gave me life on as my very first guest to talk about it all!

When I dreamed up the Plus Mommy Podcast, I knew I wanted my mother, Kathryn Rue, to be my first guest. We have a special bond and I know how lucky I am to be able to say that. Talking to my mom about plus size pregnancy and motherhood was a fascinating experience and a lot of great wisdom came out of this episode.

My mom not only talks about pregnancy and body image but reiterates the messages we hear today about the importance of building a strong community of support throughout motherhood. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode as much as I’ll cherish having this recording for the rest of my life.

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May 18, 2018
Welcome To The Plus Mommy Podcast By Jen McLellan | 1

Welcome to the Plus Mommy Podcast! Here we celebrate living fulfilled lives without focusing on weight loss and body shame. We address the struggles and joys of plus size pregnancy and motherhood. As well as embarking on a journey to body love!

From bumps to bellies, we talk about it all on the Plus Mommy Podcast!

I'm your host, Jen McLellan, and seven years ago I started the blog Plus Mommy (formerly Plus Size Mommy Memoirs). After all of these years of being a blogger, certified childbirth educator, and public speaker, I'm excited to start this new chapter of Plus Mommy with a podcast.

Don't forget to subscribe and explore the Plus Mommy website! 
May 18, 2018