Being vulnerable about post-baby body

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Being vulnerable about post-baby body

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So during pregnancy, what can happen is almost every part of your body can go through a change. So for example your hair can change texture. Your skin can change complexion. Your nails can grow faster. Your veins can become thicker. Your ribs can even stretch a little bit. So then you have your baby and after baby you also might see weight gain from having a baby. You might notice some stretch marks. Your hips might be a little bit broader. You might have droopier breasts. So your body before baby is not the same as your body after baby. And this can have a very emotional effect. We identify ourselves partly with our appearance. And if our appearance is different, it can leave us feeling really vulnerable and insecure. A lot of times women will worry that they won't be as attractive to their partner. And just their self-confidence in what they used to look like is now something different that they have to get used to.

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Jill Campbell, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jill Campbell received her B.S. from Boston University, her M.A. from New York University, and her Psy.D. from Ryokan College. As an intern at The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Jill worked in their therapeutic nursery school with special-needs preschoolers. Dr. Campbell completed her post-doctoral training at Cedars Sinai Early Childhood Center in Los Angeles. Jill has worked in private practice and for a group pediatric practice in Encino. In addition, she has been a guest speaker on different child development issues for preschools and moms clubs in the Los Angeles area.

Jill has worked on body image and self-esteem issues with school-aged girls in the Beverly Hills School District and private schools in Los Angeles. For over five years, Dr. Campbell facilitated eating disorder groups for New Directions Eating Disorder Center in Sherman Oaks. She has also devoted her time at The National Organization for Women, an organization dedicated to promoting equality to all women.

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