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 Jess on the #6 Train, Manhattan
Jess on the #6 Train, Manhattan
 Deirdre and Liz in San Francisco Bay
Deirdre and Liz in San Francisco Bay
 Randi in Los Angeles
Randi in Los Angeles
 Appolonia in Eagle Rock Reservation, NJ
Appolonia in Eagle Rock Reservation, NJ
 Helena at Mickey's Beach, Highway 1, CA
Helena at Mickey's Beach, Highway 1, CA
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Ann, Christopher & Prisilla in Miami
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Jen on the Brooklyn Bridge
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Mary in Vallejo, CA
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Kerri & Lydia at the Lincoln Memorial
 Kerri at “The Awakening,” Washington DC
Kerri at “The Awakening,” Washington DC
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Tara in Soho, New York City
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Michelle & John at Lake Anza, Berkeley, CA
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TIffany in Theatre Alley, Manhattan
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Tina & Rob in Manhattan
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Joelle & Braeden in Aspesi Gardens, NJ
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Susan at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
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Michelle & Brogan in Tuxedo Park, NY
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Cristina with the Twin Towers, NYC
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Elisa in Manhattan
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Ann & David in Miami
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Denise at Flushing Meadows Park, Queens
 Alexa in Times Square, NYC
Alexa in Times Square, NYC

BABY KATHLEEN BORN 10 LB, 4 OZ

 

I always knew I wanted a family, but I was never full of desire to be pregnant and give birth. However, as life moved along and my partner and I got married, we talked about children. When I saw other pregnant women, I began to hear fleeting voices in my head saying,"I want to be pregnant!"

 

While going through the process of getting pregnant, I also had to deal with a sense of loss. As an athlete and as a woman, I had struggled with my own self-esteem about my body. I had finally been happy with the way I looked and I realized that getting pregnant would mean giving this up, in many ways for good. My body would no longer be the same body.

 

Once the excitement of finding out I was pregnant faded, I struggled with my body image again. I had to keep telling those voices that I was creating a life. My body was doing incredible work to sustain and nourish a little human being. As my belly grew bigger, it became easier for me to find the joy in my size and changing body, and I was surprised to find myself eager to do the photo shoot. A little scared, yes, but I realized I had finally found joy and confidence with this body in this time of my life.

 

As a rower, I wanted to be on the water for this photograph, and I am very much looking forward to the day when I can get back in a boat and row with my love.

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Deirdre and Liz in San Francisco Bay