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11 Weeks PP (Melissa)

November 19, 2010

Age: 21
Number of pregnancies and births: 1 pregnancy, 1 birth
11 weeks PP
Emergency cesarean

So I am 11 weeks PP and like most women am finding it hard to get used to what I see in the mirror. I don’t hate my body but I’m far from loving it. I had a pretty good pregnancy i think, high blood pressure towards the end but generally i felt pretty good. I thought the birth would be simple, painful obviously but simple and natural. It didn’t even occur to me that i could have problems. I was young and healthy and saw no reason why it wouldn’t go smoothly. During my labour the baby wasn’t getting enough oxygen, i got to 8cm dialated when i was rushed off for an emergency cesarean. When they pulled out my baby the side of my stomach tore, due to this my scar is longer than it would usually be. Still I am fine and bub is fine and thats what matters.

I have stretch marks on the front and sides of my stomach and on my thighs. My stomach is really wobbly and i still don’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I’m trying really hard, eating healthy and excercising at least 4 times a week but as yet not much has changed. My husband tells me I am being to hard on myself and overly critical. He tells me im beautiful and I really don’t no what i would do without his support. Sometimes i get really down on myself and my new body then i look at my wonderful husband and gorgeous son and think how can i feel sad when i have so much. I still dislike my body and i really hope to get my old body back but honestly it is a small price to pay for my beautiful son.

Picture 1 – Me 40 weeks pregnant
Picture 2 and 3 – Me right now 11 weeks pp

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10 Responses to “11 Weeks PP (Melissa)”

  1. sarah Says:
    November 19th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    PLEASE don’t be so hard on yourself. You look amazing and you’re only a few short weeks pp! You will be back in your pre preg jeans in NO time! We look the same and I’m 2 years pp!

  2. Bryana Says:
    November 19th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    You do look great, and your husband is right, you’re being to hard on yourself.
    For 11 weeks pp you do look wonderful. Stretch marks will fade and skin will tighten back up (atleast a bit!) and you will begin to feel more like yourself with each passing day. It’s always hard to see our new bodies, especially when they change so fast. But I love your attitude, and “but honestly it is a small price to pay for my beautiful son” is very true. That isn’t to say we should not love our bodies, but it does help to accept them.
    Your beautiful, and it sounds like you have a very supportive husband which is a fantastic thing!

  3. Khirsten Says:
    November 19th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    You look awesome. 11 weeks is just a drop in the bucket, your body has a lot of healing to do. At 11 weeks I thought my incision was still go to bust open, lol. You are eating healthy and working out 4 times a week with a new baby, congratulations! Your attitude and drive will get you where you need to be in no time. Enjoy the journey, your on your way to being at fit mom who can keep up with their ever moving toddler.

  4. Elissa Says:
    November 19th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    You look like I did after I had mine and I faired extremely well…I gained 61 pounds…My story is on here under c sections…My name is posted…You have all I have except I didn’t get stretch marks but your skin looks like it will heal where you wont even notice because you have skin like a lot of people I know who got them and you can’t even see it…I am really thin and started off after I had my daughter at 185…I went in weighing 197 or something I forget…It was very hard but you’ll lose it I promise!

  5. Tiphanie Says:
    November 19th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I feel ya honey,, I also had an unplanned c section, and its kind of a shock to see your body afterwards. But yes,, like most of us,, you are being a bit hard on yourself.. It takes time to heal,, especially with a C sec,, cause not only were those muscles and skin stretched,, they were cut as well. You seem like you are on the right track and have healthy relationships! which is great! keep it up and enjoy your new family! Best wishes to you :)

  6. Colleen Says:
    November 19th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    You are married to a very special man, do you know that? :) You look wonderful for 11 weeks PP after a cesarean! Shoot I couldn’t even imagine exercising at that point. I have made the odd discovery that even though my pre-pregnancy bras fit, my shirts do not (I am 16 months postpartum). Weight is just a number, pregnancy changes our bodies in ways other than just bigger and smaller.

    Just remember, it took you nine months to put the weight on, it is ridiculous to expect to take it all off in three. You look beautiful now but I hope you can get to a place where YOU see the beauty as well.

  7. Renee Ibarra Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I know i wont be the first to tell you this but it gets better. My story is “unsatisfied Renee” and i am now 4.5 months postpartum and i notice a difference it may not be a big diffrence but with everyday that passes i get a little more adjusted to my body and finding new reasons to love myself. I dont know how much your body will change but it will get better give it time.

  8. Marie Says:
    November 21st, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Everyone is different, I exercised all through my pregnancy and tried to run again a month PP but it didn’t do much good. I only started dropping the weight after 6 months. I say take it easy and don’t hurt yourself.

  9. L Says:
    February 12th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Wow you look gorgeous in your pregnant shot. You also look great at 11weeks pp. I took way longer to even lol decent .. good job!

  10. katie rose Says:
    April 9th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    please! i also had an emergency c section, and this is my first baby. i am about 12 weeks pp. i was terrified in my c section. i had to be put under general anesthesia bc i was planning on delivering naturally. bc i needed the c section and had no epidural, they had to put me under and i wasn’t even there when my son was born (i was sleeping under medication). when i try to bring it up to my bf he says i am being ridiculoucs and dramatic. i would rather be the fattest girl i know and have been there when my baby was born instead of being a sh*tty mom and sleeping through my babies appearance. be grateful. struggling with an eating disorder my whole life doesn’t help either…

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