Jess Rosenberg, business owner and mum of 3, is on a mission. After a traumatic first birth followed by long-term pain (plus no sex for 18 months) she wants to shake up the stories told to women. She sees many real and challenging experiences like her own being dismissed as a normal part of motherhood. “I want to make sure that the true stories are being told so that people don’t feel like they are the only ones experiencing something,” she says.
As the founder of prenatal vitamin company Moode, Jess reaches women early in their motherhood journey. Beyond vitamins, Jess says Moode (pronounced moody) includes powerful conversations and education about what’s normal in pregnancy and birth…and what’s not.
Difficulty conceiving is one of those challenges that’s still a bit taboo. To improve your chances, Jess (naturally) is an advocate for eating well and supplementing as needed. “I think for a lot of us, we put nutrition to the side…I think that's a missed opportunity. It's not expensive and it’s not time consuming, and is a pretty simple tweak.”
This fine-tuning of our health before pregnancy is something we often see as a women’s issue. But it’s something our male partners need on their radar too. As Jess explains, “Almost 50% of infertility cases are actually the result of a male factor infertility issue. So even though women are hardwired to believe it's our responsibility, and ours alone, it's absolutely not the case…So we need our men to step up.”