Jenna Jameson is looking back at her journey to becoming a mom of three.
On Monday, the former adult film star, who has previously been very candid about her pregnancy experience, opened up about the challenging, yet worthwhile process of conceiving her third child, daughter Batel Lu, through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Sharing the encouraging note to her Instagram alongside a before, during, and after photo of her pregnancy and weight-loss, Jameson, 44, explained to her followers how going through the difficult conceiving process made her stronger in the end.
“Yes, I’m an IVF warrior. Our sweet Batelli was conceived through modern medicine,” she began the post. “Truth be told, IVF is one of the hardest things I’ve endured. So much emotion, stress, fear, pressure, pain and anxiety. The hormones wreak havoc on your body for months prior to transfer and the fear of the unknown is encompassing.”
Jameson, who had already experienced a successful IVF pregnancy with her 9½-year-old twin boys Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette, said she began the fertilization process for Batel at age 43 and believed it would be one of the final chances for her to have another baby.
“I felt I had little time. I felt it may be my last chance,” she admitted. “I knew what I was getting into since I had a successful twin IVF pregnancy. But I was MUCH younger then.”
Despite her worries, Jameson reassured her followers that, as we know, everything worked out fine. She also noted how the process was worthwhile and encouraged her fellow women to stay hopeful in their own pregnancy journeys.
“Well, after everything we ended up with one very special PGD tested, perfect embryo… my little Batelli,” she wrote. “She was worth every shot, every cry and every push. I felt compelled to talk about my age, IVF and how you can do this too. Never lose hope. Always trust in G-d. He has beautiful plans for you.”
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Here we go. #mondaymotivation ???????? let’s talk plateaus. I have hit several periods of zero movement on the scale. This is normal! Our body goes through ebb and flows with hormones, water weight, and frankly, having to poop. ??????????? but what do you do if you don’t see progress for weeks or even months? Well, here’s what I do. First, I cut dairy. Dairy can be problematic for people because they over do it! Cut it and it usually kickstarts weight loss again. Intermittent fasting will definitely help you over a plateau. My fasting schedule is quite simple... I eat hearty, healthy keto meals from 11am -6pm. Then I fast. It’s important to listen to your body and adjust your fasting accordingly. Lastly, stop eating foods that effect you negatively. There are certain foods that are keto, that just don’t sit well with me. For me, almond flour can really mess with my tummy. Not sure why. I feel bloated and yucky if I indulge. So I rarely eat it. Moral of this post, connect to your body... listen closely and adjust. You’ve got this ???????????????????????? #beforeandafterweightloss #weightloss #intermittentfasting #weightlosstransformation #mombodytransformation #beforeandafter #keto #ketodiet #ketotransformation
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She also touched upon her experience with IVF in an August 2018 weight-loss post, where Jameson revealed, “We then decided to do ivf for Batelli. The cocktail of hormones pushed me up to 160. Then pregnancy. I hit 205 at 39.5 weeks.”
Jameson has also been a longtime advocate for breastfeeding. While her posts typically promote the positive side of nursing a child, the star often speaks to the challenges and unglamorous moments that mothers face too.
Let’s talk about fear. I think one aspect of fear that we all trip over is fear of failure. This was the major component in my procrastination on getting healthy after having Batel. I kept trying to convince myself I was ok with my “new” size. I wasn’t. It really was fear of failing. I was so afraid I couldn’t reach my goals like I was so accustomed to, I just told myself “why bother?”. I conquered sobriety, but that came with a whole set of new issues... actually FEELING my feelings. Raw, painful feelings. I ate. Then suddenly I was on big brother and people all said I “got fat”. UGH. Sobriety was more important to me, so I pushed forward and kept on track. We then decided to do ivf for Batelli. The cocktail of hormones pushed me up to 160. Then pregnancy. I hit 205 at 39.5 weeks. My head swam with joy and comfort. I expected the weight to fall off with breastfeeding. That would be a big NO. I dropped to 187 and stayed there. I ignored it and put every ounce into mothering my sweet girl. Well here we are, folks... Batelli is 17 months and I’m 123. I did it. So to finish up this long ass post, just know it’s normal to fear failing at losing your weight... but if you don’t try, you’ll never know the utter triumph when you do achieve your goals. #ketotransformation #beforeandafterweightloss #bodytransformation #bodypositive #fearoffailure #beforeandafter #ketodiet #fitmom #healthylifestyle #sober #soberlife #intermittentfasting
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In March, Jameson shared another photo of her breastfeeding her daughter in the shower and wrote, “This is motherhood. It’s not always shiny and perfect like so many instagrammers make us believe.”
“There are days you question your strength and abilities. But then there are HARD days like today that prove your uncompromising power,” she added.
Almost two years. I will forever advocate breastfeeding because it is healing for mama and baby. When the world gets too much for Batel, she comes to her safe place and everything slows down. We both rest. We reconnect. We love. Yes it’s beneficial to her system health wise, but the comfort is just as important. She knows I will forever be her constant. Let us all take a moment to revel in the beauty of motherhood. #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeeding #mamasmilk #attachmentparenting #babyyourbaby #motherhood
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Not only has Jameson been candid about motherhood, but she’s also spoken to her postpartum weight-loss experience and time on the keto diet, which has helped her lose more than 80 lbs.
Most recently, the star has advocated for moms to follow the high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb eating plan while breastfeeding amid concerns that it may not be healthy or in the baby’s best interest.
Let’s talk breastfeeding and #keto This subject is quite taboo it seems. A lot of naysayers rattle off falsehoods like “you have to eat oats to produce sufficient milk”. Seriously ridiculous. I thought the same thing for a long time. So when I started my #weightlossjourney I slowly subtracted carbohydrates over a week long period while monitoring my supply. I’m not quite sure why I thought processed foods contributed to my fabulous supply. I was absolutely wrong. The moment I got into full ketosis my milk increased. I think a lot of people think Keto is all about bacon salami and copious amounts of cheese. It’s actually quite well rounded with lots of organic veggies, fish and eggs. I am aware all women are not the same, but I think if you do your research, start slowly and monitor yourself.... nursing and keto go hand in hand ???????????????????????? ps- I started the keto lifestyle when Batel was 1. She was eating lots of Whole Foods as well as breastfeeding. #normalizebreastfeeding #ketotransformation #beforeandafterweightloss #intermittentfasting #weightlosstransformation #postpartumbody #postpartum MY QUEEN SHIRT IS AVAILABLE ON MY POSHMARK IN ALL SIZES (link in my bio)
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“When I started my #weightlossjourney I slowly subtracted carbohydrates over a week long period while monitoring my supply,” she explained in January. “I’m not quite sure why I thought processed foods contributed to my fabulous supply. I was absolutely wrong. The moment I got into full ketosis my milk increased.”
“I think a lot of people think Keto is all about bacon salami and copious amounts of cheese,” she continued. “It’s actually quite well rounded with lots of organic veggies, fish and eggs.”
In her final words, Jameson noted that not “all women are the same” and encouraged her followers to start slowly and research and monitor their progress. “Nursing and keto go hand in hand ]]>👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻