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Duvet Days — женский манифест любви к себе и свободы от насилия

Эти картинки выглядят как модный принт или обложка музыкального альбома, а на самом деле изображают кесарево сечение, эндометриоз, кисту яичников — то же, что плакаты в кабинете гинеколога. Серия постеров Duvet Days («дни пухового одеяла») — так в англоязычных странах называются отгулы, которые официально полагаются любому работнику, — призвана поддерживать женщин, пострадавших от сексуального и физического насилия. Любить себя и позволять себе быть свободной — это путь к преодолению травмы. С таким ободряющим мессенджем обращается дизайнер Дженна Вибе, которая сама пережила детдом, насилие и восемь лет абьюзивных отношений — но сейчас счастливо живет с любимым человеком.

In my 20’s I regularly dealt with ovarian cysts that would rupture. I didn’t know at the time that most women regardless if they are healthy or not will experience ovarian cysts and the cause is from a hormone imbalance (high levels of estrogen). They say that physical and emotional trauma as well as prolonged stress can be a contributing factor in causing this imbalance.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In my case it makes perfect sense that I was experiencing so many ovarian cysts as I was holding in all my emotions from the trauma of my rape, sexual assault, and the domestic abuse I was living with at the time. I tried to internalize everything as I equated strength with not asking for help. Not until my late 20’s — early 30’s where I started to have a voice about my rape and sexual assault along with leaving an abusive partner did my emotional healing as well as physical healing truly begin.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Our bodies and emotions are incredible. Whether we ignore our bodies or our emotions or both something in the end breaks down if not addressed. When this happens instead of blaming our bodies or our emotions this is a signal for us to look deeper at ourselves and figure out what we are not acknowledging either physically or emotionally. ⠀⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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INVOLUTION OF THE UTERUS⠀ ⠀ One Week Post Pregnancy⠀ Your uterus weighs around one pound, which is half of its weight just after giving birth.⠀ ⠀ Two Weeks Post Pregnancy⠀ Your uterus weighs around 11oz and is within your pelvis.⠀ ⠀ Four Weeks Post Pregnancy⠀ Your uterus weighs around 3.5oz, which is close to pre-pregnancy weight.⠀ ⠀ It takes about 6 weeks — a year for our bodies/stomach to get back to pre-pregnancy weight and size. Our bodies transform during pregnancy that it seems only natural for our bodies to need this much time to recover, heal, and to gain strength again.⠀ ⠀ Learning to accept and love my body throughout pregnancy and now post pregnancy has been challenging at times, but a wonderful lesson in acceptance and self-love. I was fortunate and only gained 15lbs, but for my petite pre-pregnancy body of 5’0’’ and 95lbs the extra 15lbs stretched my stomach to the max. By the end I could feel my skin tearing and gained stretch marks due to this. I cried about this and I know many of you can relate. We try not to be vain or tell ourselves it doesn’t matter, but we are only human and have a right to feel sad or feel challenged to accept permeant changes to our bodies. I had hoped some how that after I gave birth that the stretch marks would magically not be there, but they are what they are. I am learning to accept them and trying to embrace my new body as it goes through the recovery, healing, and transformation of post pregnancy.⠀ ⠀ Women not only experience pressure from society to get back to pre-pregnancy weight and have our bodies back to what they once were, but we also put this pressure on ourselves. Instead we should be kind to ourselves and treat our bodies with the same love, kindness, and nurturing behavior that we practiced when our little one was growing in our womb. Stretch marks and all I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for being gifted with my darling Makoa and becoming a mother. ⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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Celebrating all the courageous women who undergo c-sections! There is so much shaming that so many women go through for c-sections and I want to celebrate these women as there should be no shame in this. No matter how your child enters this world it is magical and an experience that should be cherished and honored. ⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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Fruits of our labour…I am three days to my due date and not even a blueberry.⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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Our heart starts to beat at around 3 weeks after conception. The heart is a muscular organ at the center of our circulatory system pumping blood to our bodies. ⠀ ⠀ Hearing my child’s heartbeat for the first time is a moment I will never forget. It created a shift within of acceptance and the reality that I was no longer just responsible for myself, but another human life that was apart of me. I am 38+ weeks pregnant and am waiting for the arrival of our little one who has already stole my heart and is the center of my universe.⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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How well do you know your breasts? Take time to really understand your body and how it works and how it is all connected. Our breasts are an amazing part of our anatomy that not only produce natures perfect baby food, but also have beautiful sexual responses when aroused.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Our milk ducts are intricate and life giving network of channels nestled among fat cells and glandular tissue. These milk ducts branch off near our chest wall and are called ductules which have small cluster of sacs called alveoli. A cluster of alveoli are called lobule and a cluster of lobules are called lobe. Each of our breasts have between 15-20 lobes.⠀ ⠀ Be aware and mindful to how your breasts change during arousal. Notice that your nipples get erect, your areoles get larger, your breasts enlarge, and they become "sex flushed". How beautiful these subtle changes are. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ We tend to forget to appreciate how perfect our bodies actually are as we focus so much on what they look like and not as much on what they do for us. Take sometime to appreciate your body not for what it looks like, but for what it allows you to do and feel.⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀ ⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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Our menstrual cycle is a gift and should be treated as sacred. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ MENSTRUAL PHASE / NEW MOON (day 1-5)⠀⠀ The uterus sheds the inner lining of soft tissue and blood vessels which exits our bodies in the form of menstrual fluid through the vagina.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ FOLLICULAR PHASE / WAXING MOON (day 1-13)⠀⠀ During this stage the follicles in the ovaries mature and ends with ovulation. The main hormone controlling this stage is estradiol. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ OVULATION PHASE / FULL MOON (day 14)⠀⠀ The pituitary gland secretes a hormone that causes our ovaries to release a matured egg which flows into the fallopian tube on the 14th day of our cycle. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ LUTEAL PHASE / WANING MOON (day 15-28)⠀⠀ This stage happens after ovulation and before the menstrual phase. The egg that is released during the ovulation phase stays in the fallopian tube for 24 hours. During this time the lining of your uterus normally gets thicker to prepare for a possible pregnancy or if sperm does not impregnate the egg within that time, the egg disintegrates and ends with the menstrual phase.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ©2017 Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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Celebrating the magic of twins in a womb with this illustration. Happy Friday darlings!⠀ ⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Design: ©2017 Designs by Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀

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Our cervix is located at the bottom of our uterus. Our cervix opens during cervical dilation as one goes into labour. This process helps accommodate your little ones passage from the womb into the vagina before it enters into this world.⠀ ⠀ FIRST STAGE OF LABOUR — ACTIVE STAGE⠀ Once your cervix has dilated to 3-4cm and your contractions become longer, stronger, and closer together. ⠀ ⠀ STAGE TWO OF LABOUR — DELIVERY OF BABY⠀ Once your cervix has dilated to 10cm. Your little one may still need sometime to make its way down the birth canal so it can enter this world.⠀ ⠀ STAGE THREE OF LABOUR — DELIVERY OF PLACENTA⠀ The last and final step of labour is when you delivery your placenta. The placenta is delivered through contractions just like your little one, but the contractions are generally not as strong.⠀ ⠀ Again I am always in awe of how incredible our bodies are and how perfectly everything works together. Appreciate every part of your body…even the parts you cannot see and that so many people take for granted.⠀ ⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀ ⠀ ⠀

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I had received numerous requests for a Birth Crowning anatomy illustration and it was on my list for future illustrations, but felt inspired recently to do one as I get closer to my due date. Happy Friday darlings!⠀ ⠀ BIRTH CROWNING⠀ ⠀ They call it ‘the ring of fire’ when your baby starts to crown. This is the stage in which your baby’s head stretches the vaginal tissue. Once again our bodies are incredible and during crowning one feels a stinging sensation that brings on a feeling of numbness. It is like your bodies way of providing you with a natural anesthetic. ⠀ ⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved

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Did you know that men and women have slightly different shaped pelvises? Women have wider and flatter shaped pelvises compared to men to help with delivery of a child. Our bodies go through some amazing changes during pregnancy, but particularly our pelvis. The body prepares the pelvis for delivery by releasing relaxin hormones. These hormones helps relax our pelvic joints and ligaments while softening and widening our cervix. This allows the baby to pass through the birth canal more easily when the time comes. It is truly incredible how our bodies prepare for the birth of a child from the moment we conceive to the moment they enter into our world.⠀ ⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved

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Our breasts tend to not be celebrated very often for what they were actually created to do. Women are shamed for breast feeding their child in public and is considered unacceptable, but if woman's breasts are some how sexualized it is acceptable though. What our bodies are capable of providing for another living being is incredible and nothing short of perfection and should never be shamed, but celebrated.⠀ ⠀⠀ Our milk ducts are intricate and life giving network of channels nestled among fat cells and glandular tissue. These milk ducts branch off near our chest wall and are called ductules which have small cluster of sacs called alveoli. A cluster of alveoli are called lobule and a cluster of lobules are called lobe.⠀ ⠀ AXILLARY LIMPH NODES⠀ The axillary lymph nodes help fight infection in our bodies by filtering lymph fluid from your breasts.⠀ ⠀ FATTY TISSUE⠀ Fat tissue surrounds the ducts and lobules.⠀ ⠀ LOBULES⠀ Produces milk during pregnancy and breastfeeding.⠀ ⠀ FIBROUS TISSUE⠀ This tissue helps support your breasts and is what makes them feel firm.⠀ ⠀ MILK DUCTS⠀ The milk ducts carry milk from the lobules to your nipple during breastfeeding.⠀ ⠀ AREOLA⠀ Is the dark area around your nipple.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀

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Pregnancy is such a journey and as I approach 32 weeks I still experience many moments of absolute awe of what my body is capable of. That over the last 31 weeks my body has worked perfectly to create and continue to create a living being inside me. Regardless if you choose to have a child or not as women we are incredible beings and what our bodies are capable of is nothing short of perfection. Don’t ever forget how much power our womb/uterus carry and take time to honor just how sacred it is. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ FETUS IN WOMB⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ CONCEPTION⠀⠀ At the very moment of conception your babies sex and genetic makeup is created. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 12 WEEKS⠀⠀ The baby measures around two inches and you can usually hear the heartbeat for the first time.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 21 WEEKS⠀⠀ The baby measures around six inches and you can usually start to feel the babies movements called quickening.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 32 WEEKS⠀⠀ The baby weighs around four pounds and your breasts may start leaking colostrum in preparation for breast feeding. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 36 WEEKS⠀⠀ The baby measures around 18.5 inches and weighs around six pounds. The head of your baby is usually positioned down into the pelvis and at this stage is considered at "term".⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ BIRTH⠀⠀ Your due date marks the end of your 40 weeks. Women in general give birth between 38-42 weeks. If your baby is born between 37-39 weeks he/she is an early term baby, if born between 39-40 weeks he/she is an at term baby, and if born between 41-42 weeks he/she is a late term baby.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

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Pregnancy has taught me to appreciate my uterus in completely new and different ways. Not only how the uterus works, but what it is capable of is nothing short of magical. Pregnancy is a physical and emotional journey that at times is extremely challenging, but experiencing these changes in my uterus has helped me understand just how powerful our bodies actually are. Growing a human being inside me has to be one of the most surreal things I have ever had the privilege of experiencing.⠀ ⠀ PRE-PREGNANCY⠀ The uterus size varies in woman to woman, but roughly is the size of an orange and is situated deep in the pelvis.⠀ ⠀ FIRST TRIMESTER⠀ By the end of your first trimester your uterus will reach the size of a grapefruit. At this stage the uterus still fits within the pelvis area.⠀ ⠀ SECOND TRIMESTER⠀ By the end of your second trimester your uterus will reach the size of a papaya. At this stage your uterus outgrows your pelvis and moves midway between your navel and breasts. ⠀ ⠀ THIRD TRIMESTER⠀ By the end of your third trimester your uterus will reach the size of a watermelon! At this stage your uterus extends from the pubic area to the bottom of the rib cage. Once your baby is ready she/he will drop lower into your pelvis in preparation to enter this world. ⠀ ⠀ POST-PREGNANCY⠀ After pregnancy your uterus goes through deflation which they call involution. This stage takes an estimated 6 weeks to complete. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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Generally people only talk about the vagina when there is so much more to the female genitalia like the vulva which is the external part that plays such an important role of protecting the woman’s sexual organs, urinary opening, vestibule, and vagina. How well do you know your vulva and everything that encompasses it? Take sometime this weekend to explore. ⠀ ⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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The clitoris has approximately 8,000 nerve endings and its only purpose for existence is to provide pleasure for us. How lucky are we as women to have a clitoris! We have almost twice as many nerve endings in just our clit than men do on the head of their penis yet our clits are so rarely explored by our lovers or even ourselves. I personally know I was not educated on my clitoris nor was there even a mention of it. It was something I had to educated myself on, but it truly deserves to be talked about and honored.⠀ ⠀ The clitoris is similar to a penis in the sense that it swells during arousal and has glans, foreskin, and a shaft. It obviously looks and functions differently, but deserves the same attention and care the penis gets if not more. The clitoris not only is a little pink button for pleasure, but it actually has a body that comes in the shape of a wishbone that extends 3" into your vagina. It connects to every part of the vagina as well as your g-spot. ⠀ ⠀ So take sometime to learn about your clitoris this weekend and explore this incredible gem either by yourself or with your lover. Intimacy and sex is so much more than just penetration and we all need to honor our bodies by giving it the attention and time it deserves. ⠀ Design: ©2017 Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com

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