When a woman has trouble conceiving, she is likely to blame herself, feel alone, inadequate and ashamed that her body is broken. Liz Shaw has been trying to conceive for years and her fertility treatments are not working (yet). In her “body betrayal” letter she shares why she struggles with fertility and how the power of community is helping her through all the low points.
Her Bumps to Baby online community is a place that gives her purpose while she grapples with her infertility, her body image, and her deep desire to give birth. Liz is writing about how failed IVF cycles feel like a pregnancy loss — and why that’s OK as well as her experiences of body shame when people assume her weight gain is related to pregnancy.
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Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT is a nutrition expert, adjunct professor of nutrition and owner of a nutrition communications consulting business. She is a nationally recognized speaker and freelance writer for Fit Pregnancy, Shape, Oxygen and Fitness Magazine’s. Her passion for spreading the message about the powerful role food and nutrition play in ones life has led her to be featured on Hallmark Channels Home & Family, NBC Los Angeles News, The CW San Diego News, Fox 5 News, What to Expect, The Huffington Post, Food Network, US News & World Report, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Bustle, The Daily Meal and PopSugar. You’ll find her at ShawSimpleSwaps.com and BumpstoBaby.com, sharing her love for food and travel, along with a friendly smile to support you on your journey to baby.