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1 Year of Motherhood (Anonymous)

I am 24 years old. My son just turned one year old! I am amazed by how quickly the time has passed… almost as amazed as I am by women’s bodies. I have always thought that pregnant women are beautiful, but after going through a pregnancy, I understand it on such a more personal level. I loved being pregnant and wish I could just be perpetually 7 months pregnant! I felt excellent, I have never received so many compliments at any other time in my life, it was awesome! Everyday was incredible… to be able to look down and see my baby moving from the outside, never ceased to amaze me. Of course, I am not the hugest fan of what pregnancy can do to a body. I started my pregnancy at 145 pounds. I gained 40 pounds while I was pregnant, which left me mind boggled because I did EVERYTHING right! Now I am a strong believer in the fact that pregnant bodies are going to gain what they need to sustain that little life, so we need not be so obsessed with it! My weight currently fluctuates between 145 and 148. Even though I lost the weight really quickly, I do not look the same. I have extra skin and fat pockets that were certainly not there before. I, thankfully, did not get any stretch marks during my pregnancy. I think that was God’s way of saying “I gave you enough stretch marks during puberty… you have had them for 8 years, you don’t need anymore.” :) Even though I do not have the “ideal body” I just look at my son and remember the miracle that I have created with this body. My body kept him safe and warm and helped him grow big and strong for 38 weeks and 5 days. My body has nourished him for his first year of life (and still going strong.) I know that I may not look like your average 24 year old, but I am not an average 24 year old… I am a mother! I am so proud to be a mother to (who I think is) the most beautiful little boy in the world and I would not trade that for the body of a supermodel, not in a million years. All of us mothers share a special bond with our children and with each other that no one else could ever understand. We should all be so proud of what our bodies have accomplished and never be ashamed of some extra skin, saggy breast, or stretch marks… those came from our children and we wouldn’t be the same people without them! (I have included photos of me at 4 weeks pregnant, 37 weeks pregnant, and now 1 year postpartum)

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16 comments… add one

  • Pam Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12:33 pm

    You look absolutely great! I hope 7 months from now i can look that good after being 3 mnths pp now.

  • Amanda Saturday, September 20, 2008, 12:59 pm

    you look amazing!

  • Berni Saturday, September 20, 2008, 1:23 pm

    you look amazing!!!

  • Healthnut Mama Saturday, September 20, 2008, 2:23 pm

    Well no wonder you love your body, it looks AWESOME!! And I love your attitude, I wish some of that could rub off on me!

  • Amanda Saturday, September 20, 2008, 4:16 pm

    Lady you look great! I wish I could see the extra skin or fat pockets you talk about. Your body looks amazing to me!

  • Shealene Saturday, September 20, 2008, 4:38 pm

    Wow, way to bounce back!!! And nice booty!! I wish my butt looked like that :(, my thighs and cheeks are all cellulitey. Hahaha

  • Stephanie Sunday, September 21, 2008, 6:45 pm

    Girl, you look GREAT!!! :) And your attitude just totally perpentuates it! Way to go! :)

  • JO Monday, September 22, 2008, 12:03 am

    U have a GORGEOUS body!! I wish I looked like that after having my son (who’s now 2 and I’m still 10kg over)

  • rachel Monday, September 22, 2008, 7:25 am

    you look amazing huni. i want to look as good as you.
    take care

  • Danielle Monday, September 22, 2008, 10:41 am

    You look better than most women who have never had a child.

  • Anna Monday, September 22, 2008, 12:04 pm

    I don’t think I have ever been so jelous in my life..but extremley happy for you. Your one of teh ones i talk about that hit the genetic lottery. WAy to go you look fabulius…and dear god woman.. you do look like a supermodel so i donno what yer talking about there.. there is nothing saggy on you..

  • Kathy Monday, September 22, 2008, 12:42 pm

    Your body is amazing! And 40lbs is a great weight gain during pregnancy. I gained the same amount but my body does not look near as great as yours does post partem!

  • MilkMama Saturday, September 27, 2008, 12:04 pm

    Y ou look amazing! You have beautiful skin! Lucky thing! Congratulations on one year of motherhood!!!! :D

  • motherof2@24 Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 5:28 pm

    so how did you get such a flat stomach???what is the trick?

  • samantha Thursday, October 9, 2008, 5:42 pm

    No big trick on my stomach… I just try to eat healthily and get in exercise (mostly cardio) when I can. And honestly, I think the pictures look quite a bit better than real life!

  • Anonymous Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 8:04 pm

    OMG you look so good like you didn’t even have a baby. I wish I could have your body!

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