Saturday, January 10, 2009

Twin Pregnancy - Day by Day Video

This is just the coolest video. It's of a woman of size, pregnant with twins, who was kind enough to share her journey with us.

Her partner took a picture of her just about EVERY DAY in the same place, same pose, throughout her pregnancy, ending with the twins in carseats on the floor beside her. Then he made a stop-motion video of how her body changed, and they generously shared it.

Now, this video has already been shared on the fatosphere, over at Body Impolitic. Normally I'd just send y'all over there to see it instead of reposting it here.

However, one of my goals for this site is to share more pictures of women of size in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. We see so few pictures of this in the media that I believe it's vitally important to have these pictures available; I get requests for it frequently on my website.

Women of size are so curious to know what they will look like when pregnant and giving birth. These pictures help answer that question for them.

Of course, what we look like pregnant and birthing is as different as what we look like non-pregnant. Not all women of size carry the same way; pregnant "apples" don't look quite the same as pregnant "pears" or "hourglasses," etc. So what this mom looks like may or may not be what you would look like in pregnancy.

Still, many women of size do look a lot like this in pregnancy. And how wonderful of her to show us this journey in the nude!

What a great thing to have more images to add to my plus-sized pregnancy photo gallery. And so cool to have these images of a twin pregnancy!

Thank you so much to this family for sharing. (I have their permission to embed the video here so there is a permanent entry in the blog for other well-rounded mamas to look at.)

You may never realize how many lives you touch because of this. Bless you, and bless your sweet little babies.

Video by Guy Gayle.

p.s. Random Factoid: Did you know that women of size have higher rates of twins?

Edited to note that this video was taken by a partner, not a husband. Thank you for the correction.


Debbie said...

Thanks for reposting this.

Our webmaster told me how to make the video fit into the blog column:

change the HTML in the embedded video link from:

... width="640" height="510" ...
... width="470"
height="375" ...

It looks better and the video is just as good.

Anonymous said...

While I am pleased to find Guy's excellent video, and on the twins' first birthday too, I need to ask you to make a correction. You refer to the photographer, Guy as "husband". Guy is the partner of the pregnant person pictured, not the husband. Being a dad does not make someone a husband, in particular not when someone else already has that role.

As much as we need images of fat people, we need images of queer families too. Please don't make the queerness of this family less visible.

Well-Rounded Mama said...

Anonymous, thank you for the correction. I have edited the post accordingly. Thank you for letting me know.

Emybloom said...

Thank you for sharing this - awesome!

Tanya said...

I'm so glad I stumbled across this! I've searched for photos before and it's always skinny girls! This woman has the exact same body shape as me so it's a really good video for me to watch and get an idea of how i might look. Thank you to all involved in the sharing of this video!!

JaysMama said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
I am a plus size mama and I happen to be carrying twins- It is so nice to be able to see this as I am so used to seeing only the "skinny" girl preggo pics-

Ange said...

I'm so glad i've found this blog, thank you so much for sharing this. i have just found out i am having twins and have started freaking out because i am overweight and was concerned that it was going to be hard to carry them let alone find clothes to fit into. but the body is an amazing thing. i feel so much better after watching this video. thanks to the family for sharing as well. i would like to know how far the babies were carried to and how big the bubs were when born?

Unknown said...

I truly love this video! Did anyone notice the bald black guy that is in one of the frames naked like her. It is quite interesting how they pulled that off! I am amazed that she had twins. Her body barely changed.