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5 weeks post-partum after second child (Anonymous)

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For the first time in my life I feel no need or desire to malign or discredit my body, or to qualify it with any explanation for why it is the way it is. I am five weeks post-partum with my second child. He was 11 lbs, which was quite a shock, and I delivered him naturally. Following the birth I felt such a profound sense of pride and delight in my body– in what it was able to accomplish in growing and delivering into the world such a large and beautiful baby. After I had my first child I felt so disappointed with my body and couldn’t come to terms with the fact that it didn’t go back to what it was before. For some reason now I feel so differently. I definitely want to be fit and healthy, and that will likely involve losing some weight, but I want to hold onto this feeling of joy in my body and acceptance myself. We are amazing creatures. Love yourself!

These photos were taken 4 weeks post-partum.

in Belly, Breasts, Postpartum, Second Pregnancy, Submissions, Update

10 comments… add one

  • Apryl Thursday, May 20, 2010, 11:01 am

    You look lovely. Congrats on your delivery. Natural delivery of an 11 pound baby is quite a feat!

  • Sarah Thursday, May 20, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Wow! You look unbelievable!!! I was kind of scared that if I had a second child, I would like my body less – but you look just as good or better than before you had your second child! You look sexy and beautiful!!! :D

    And wowwww at delivering an 11 pound baby naturally! That’s shocking! And amazing! And impressive!!! :D I plan on delivering the next naturally (again). That’s just awesome! And congrats on the great outlook!!!

  • mrs. petunia Thursday, May 20, 2010, 6:55 pm

    Thank you for your inspiring words and beautiful pictures! You ARE an amazing creature!

  • mommyofabeauty Thursday, May 20, 2010, 7:40 pm

    your post is inspiring! you look great for 4 weeks pp and you will continue to shrink….your so positive about your body and i love that!

  • Natalie Thursday, May 20, 2010, 8:35 pm

    These were taken 4 weeks after an 11 pound baby?!?! You look amazing!!

  • rachel Friday, May 21, 2010, 3:39 am

    Hi just wondering how big your first baby was?? Mine was 10LB baby girl and I’m thinking of going for number 2 – do they always get bigger!!!!?

  • Andrea Saturday, May 22, 2010, 7:39 am

    You look gorgeous! Congratulations on going all natural :)

  • taiyo Sunday, May 23, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Hi Rachel. I am the “anonymous” who posted this. My first was 8.5 lbs. We were shocked that our son was so much bigger! I think it’s fairly uncharacteristic for the second to be that much bigger. Sometimes they’re smaller– keep that in mind!

  • Mike Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6:25 am

    Even though your body has gone through changes it still looks very beautiful. Wow!!! Thanks for keeping us updated on your story.

  • sarah Saturday, January 29, 2011, 3:59 am

    Hey you look real good!

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