Despite what many celeb moms would have you believe, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding can change the way your body looks. That’s why Chicago-based photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson launched the 4th Trimester Bodies Project, in which she photographs new moms in order to help them accept and celebrate those changes.
What started as a small idea has taken off—by 2016, she will have photographed thousands of women worldwide. We caught up with Jackson to learn more about the project and what she hopes women will gain from it.
Photographed: Ashlee Wells Jackson