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2 Beautiful Boys and Lots of Stretchmarks (Anonymous)

August 12, 2008

After delivering my first son I was so upset by all the stretchmarks. In time they did fade but the indentations remained. With my second pregnancy I carried 3 weeks longer and did get a few new ones but it was far less devistating this time around. I am back to my prepregnant weight and feel pretty good about myself. Sure there is room for improvement but I have nurtured two beautiful children through pregnancy and nursing (2 years with the first and 5 months so far with the second). I delivered the second at home with a midwife and I have done what my body was designed to do. My body may never look like those we see in magazines or like those of women who have never had children, and I am okay with that. I AM A MOTHER and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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20 Responses to “2 Beautiful Boys and Lots of Stretchmarks (Anonymous)”

  1. Anna Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 12:15 am

    You are beautiful,girl!

  2. akinoluna Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 4:52 am

    I like the “magazine” comparison! I had to laugh, it looks like a breeze came by and the boobs just floated up! :-)

  3. Lus Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Wow, the 4th picture looks just like my tummy. I’m glad I can find some common ground. Love it!

  4. Michelle Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    You look wonderful!

  5. MilkMama Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I love the magazine comparison, too. And it’s SO TRUE, too.

    I love your story. I’m so proud of you for nursing your children and birthing them at home. I’d never do the latter, but I’m at 20 months with breastfeeding my daughter. You look gorgeous and you sound like a wonderful loving mother! Congrats!!!

  6. Stephanie Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    LOL love the photoshop work! ;) You’re SO right! It’s hard to remember that sometimes, but magazines AREN’T REAL! You look gorgeous! :)

  7. Amanda Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    LOL, I do the same thing with my tummy, that you’re doing in the 4th pic. And personally, I think the before photo in the “magazine propaganda” shot is MUCH better than the ridiculous doctored one! The fake one is just ridiculous.

    Kuddo’s to you!

  8. Katherine Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I think you have the perfect body, seriously. You look amazing.

  9. Allison Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    You really have an amazing body. Amazing breasts!

  10. Justine Says:
    August 13th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Wow. You have a beautiful body! And it looks like mine, actually (:

  11. Healthnut Mama Says:
    August 14th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Great abs!! I love your tattoo also! I wish I had boobs like yours!

  12. dm Says:
    August 14th, 2008 at 11:00 am

    These are my pictures. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I wasn’t sure you would be able to see it in the pictures, but if you look at the third picture – above my right breast, you can see a heart made from the lovely veins that are so prominent during pregnancy and nursing. I look at it daily and smile because it is a reminder of how full of love my life is since having children.
    I made the photoshop ridiculously exaggerated on purpose to show an extreme of what can be done with some photo doctoring. Sure I wish my breasts were perkier and my tummy trimmer but I honestly hope I never look like a Barbie Doll.

  13. liz Says:
    August 14th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    girl you look amazing! did you workout alot after you had your babies or did you just bounce back to shape? you look great.

  14. Lexi Says:
    August 15th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    You look WONDERFUL!!!

  15. Ashley Says:
    September 5th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Just simply beautiful!!!! And the photoshop pics, are halarious, I just wish everyone would realize, every picture you see in mags were photoshop pics….everyone in this world has somewhat of a flaw, but everyone is beautiful in their own ways too!! Your amazing!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  16. rose Says:
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    you look amazing!! i like your body more then the photoshopped version! thats a real woman :)

  17. red Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Whoa! That’s your body 4 1/2 months PP? no way… you look great!
    Photoshopped version is so unreal, so obviously fake.

  18. sarah Says:
    January 27th, 2011 at 5:08 am

    You are so beautiful! Just put a smile on my face! That is the way I feel too. Being a mother is the greatest feeling I have ever know. Life without my son? I wouldn’t know how to live. All I am is MOTHER. Asher’s Mother.

  19. Amandita Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Wow….you are beautiful. Honestly. Absolutely stunning.

  20. lizz Says:
    May 30th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    i almost couldnt tell which one was photoshopped! i prefer the non-photoshopped one!!! (altho u did a good job with it) u look amazing and have an amazing attitude!


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