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7 children: A Body to Remember (Stacy)

Age: 33
Children: 15, 10, 8, 7, 6, 4, 18 months
Births: 5 C-Sections followed by 2 unassisted births (UBAC)

Previous post here.

Even though I have 5 previous entries here, over the past five and a half years, I feel inclined to submit again. I love this site because it is the only place I have ever found that speaks of the profound changes that women go through and the unique challenge that we face to experience it in the 21st century. Some days it surprises me that women can muster any confidence at all, given the images and verbiage we are forced to ingest everyday; all around us. I like to be reminded of the normalcy of these changes. I like to see the triumphs and the sadness. The joy and the pain. Because, just like with birth, both come as one. To overcome is to conquer the fear of not being enough. To climb the mountain is to see the view we have been waiting for…

in Belly, Breasts, Cesarean, Four or More Pregnancies, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Submissions, VBAC

13 comments… add one

  • Kat Monday, February 10, 2014, 4:12 pm

    you are awesome.

  • Autum Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:56 pm

    Wow..7 babies. I wish I can look this magnificent after 2. You have some good genes!

  • sara Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 9:29 pm

    Beautiful mind, body and spirit. You’re setting a marvelous example for your children.

  • Kim Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for this post. It has touched me like none other. We have nearly identical bodies and you look so lovable and full of life and so comfortable in your skin… yet I fail to be able to see myself this same way! I am inspired to keep at this because this is how I want to see myself, too. I just can’t get over it, you and I could be twins from the neck down, especially the breasts. Thank you SOOOOOO much for posting and sharing your story.

  • Jennifer Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:04 pm

    Oh my goodness! We could be body twins! Thank you so much for posting! I have been feeling like I’m the only one who looks the way I do and I now feel a little relief to know I’m not alone. So thank you, thank you!

  • Rhianna Friday, February 21, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I’m going on my third c section turning 27 right away. Thank you so so much for your post. My body looks identical, and your outlook is the most refreshing nurturing and encouraging of a woman’s true sexiness which is her personality and worth. What an amazing role model and spirit you are. Just such a gift.

  • Vanessa Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1:32 am

    Wow! You are so beautiful. I am awestruck by your
    post. I am 44 years of age and have had four children
    by caesarian. I seemed to get sick with my fourth
    pregnancy. A sickness that has never gone away.
    I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis and
    It has floored me, both mentally and physically.
    I no longer feel like a powerful woman or strong mother.
    My children’s ages are 20, 17, 13 and 4. Three of
    the births were emergency caesarians and the other one
    was planned.

    I find it hard not to hate my body although I want
    very much to learn to love it. I think that your story
    of having to vaginal deliveries after five caesarians
    completely inspiring and I read your post with tears
    of joy.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Louise Saturday, February 22, 2014, 3:21 pm

    I love your post! It’s uplifiting and inspiring. My body is very different to yours but what I learned from your post is true beauty shines through confidence in yourself as well as accepting and valuing your body and how you look.

    It’s really helped me to look at my own body differently. Thanks for sharing.

  • KT Monday, March 10, 2014, 1:05 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I have had 2 c-sections and after my 2nd my body completely changed. My once firm flat tummy is no longer and it’s inspiring to see other mums showing the beauty of a post-baby body. I’ve decided against surgery to ‘fix’ my tummy and instead am learning to enjoy the reality of the female body after birth. I wish that real pictures like the ones you’ve posted were shown more frequently instead of the airbrushed myth that we get sold! Wasn’t it Keats who wrote “beauty is truth. Truth, beauty”.

  • Lindsey Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:50 pm

    Wow, you are really amazing!

  • joan Monday, April 7, 2014, 2:40 am

    Wow your body looks amazing,you must keep in good shape after every child you have had,I did notice that you have still got a lot of pubic hair&under your arms,does that affect it by having a lot of children?

  • Stacy Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:29 am

    I am French :)

  • alicia Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10:57 am

    How did you do two ubacs after 5 c-sections? Seriously, I would like some advice! I am pregnant with #5 and have had 4 c-sections. Is love to have a vaginal birth, but am scared to death! We have basically the same body type, only I have implants and am not in shape, just skinny!

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