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5 Weeks Postpartum with First Pregnancy (Anonymous)

January 9, 2009

On Nov 6, 2008, I was blessed with a beautiful daughter. She is amazing to me because it is the first person in my life I can look at and see some resemblance of myself. I was adopted as a newborn, and always stuck out like a sore thumb with my light brown hair, blue eyes, and tall stature. It has always been very important to me have a child of my own. My daughter is the most precious gift I have ever received, and even on my worst days, she is the light that brightens my day. At 5 weeks pp, I am watching the changes in my body take place slowly. I gained 45 pounds during my pregnancy. I have lost 28 of it thus far. At 5’10″, I was a 165 pounds (a size 8), with an athletic body. Now I am good size 12, with 38E chest, and sagging belly. Sometimes it is difficult for me to understand how my husband can still find me sexually attractive. Clothed, I am for the most part comfortable with myself. I can cover the layers of skin & fat with a shirt & pants. Naked, I cringe if I look in the mirror. All I see is my sagging breasts, stretch marks, wider hips, and baby belly. As much I disagree with him that I am still beautiful, his words mean more to me than I can express. I know that beauty comes from within, and the confidence of finding yourself beautiful outweighs any outwardly appearance. I must to learn to love my stretch marks, bigger curves, and pudgy belly. I am slowly coming to terms that my body may never be the same as before, and now I am beautiful in a new type of way: a motherly way.






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5 Responses to “5 Weeks Postpartum with First Pregnancy (Anonymous)”

  1. Stacy Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    You body looks a hell of a lot like mine. It is so interesting to see body similarities. I think you look great :) … It is interesting how I can see how beautiful you are and have issues finding beauty in my own body even though they are very similar. Congrats on motherhood…

    Stacy

  2. Jane Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    You’re doing great – keep up the good work :) I’m 12 weeks pregnant with my first child and I often worry about what my body is going to look like after a child. I mean how do some of the famous actresses seem to bounce back into their beautiful bodies just a month or two after they have a child?

    Well, I guess one answer is plastic surgery… but for me, I’m just like you. I’ll be working it off the good ‘ole fashioned way after I have my baby.

    Keep your head up, you’re doing great. :) I’ll be posting photos on my blog after I have my baby as well – you’ve motivated me to do it! :)

    Jane
    http://www.hisboyscanswim.com

  3. Jill Says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    wow you have an AMAZING butt!!

  4. Shannon Says:
    July 7th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    You look great! It’s nice to know other people look the same as me. We see images of celebrities perfect after giving birth…how sad. This is REAL life and how wonderful it is

  5. Jenny Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Girl you look fine and it’s still early. I’m 5 weeks pist pardum now from second baby and I Bouncing right back again. With first pregnancy I gained 67 pounds and with in 4 months I was back to my size 0′s. Stretch marks even disappeared. The second time around I stayed worked out during the pregnancy and only gained 30 pounds. Now I only have 15 pounds to loose…. Yay. Just be sure to eat high protein and fibers. Go get some amino acids, co-q10, b-complex a multi-vitamin and some pro-biotics. Baby sucks all of this out of you leaving your body depleted. If your deficient in any of these things it can affect your weight loss. You have to treat your body like a car. Once you run out of gas, you have to refuel, otherwise you won’t go anywhere. At six weeks pp add some excersize. Try walking acfew mikes and slowly increase to jogging. Rake baby on a stroll. Add abbs a couple of weeks later and some weights:)I’m a medical student and I educate on women’s health. Do not get discouraged cause you can and will get back to pre- pregnancy body:)

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