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8 weeks pp with my first child

I didn’t orignally plan on having children young, but when my husband and I found out that we were having a baby, we were thrilled. I will be 23 this month. Nothing could have prepared me for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I loved (most) of my pregnancy. No morning sickness and no serious complications. I even thought I was going to escape stretch marks – but they showed up at 37 weeks along with a terrible PUPPPs rash. For those who don’t know about PUPPs, it is a terribly itchy rash that appears on your stretch marks and doesn’t go away until delivery. Nothing I did for itch relief worked for more than an hour at a time. I gave birth 5 days before my due date to a wonderful little boy. The birth went wonderfully and was all I could have hoped for. I did end up with a 2nd degree tear and a week post partum had popped some stitches. Even now, while they are completely healed, nothing looks quite right down there to me. My stretch marks are still visible (though lightened a bit) and my stomach is still a lot saggier than it used to be. Although I do at times miss my pre-baby body, I love my son so much and feel blessed to be a mother – marks and all. I am 5’2” and was 110lbs pre-baby. I gained 37 pounds during pregnancy. Now 2 months post partum I am 118lbs. The first pictures were taken by my husband at 29 weeks pregnant, before stretchmarks. I hated my PUPPPs covered stretch marked belly so much later in pregnancy that I don’t have any pictures (but now I wish I did). The clothed pregnant picture was around 37 weeks pregnant. The last pictures are from 8 week post partum.

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  • *fallingfoss* Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 3:35 am


  • Anna Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 5:58 am

    Your photos are so incredible!

    There is something so tender about them.

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy!!

  • carmie Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 7:25 am

    PUPPPS is so crappy. Mine got a lot worse after birth but went away around 2 weeks post-partum.

    Your pictures are beautiful!

  • Kate Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 9:38 am

    You bounced back fantastically! Your pregnant pictures capture the moment so well. Congratulations on your baby!

  • Sarah Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 10:00 pm

    Wow! I love those first two pregnancy pictures… they’re so absolutely beautiful! And I can’t believe how perfectly your belly was shaped at 37 weeks! At 8 weeks pp you look so FANTASTIC!! I’m so jealous! You look beautiful!!! Wow!!!

  • Teresa Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 9:13 pm

    congratulations! your stomach looks exactly like mine does now and i am currently 8 wks pp. have you lost anymore weight or has your stomach flattened anymore? mine just feels so hard underneath but my ob/gyn says that my uterus is completely shrunken. i feel like i surely haven’t lost all the weight i’m going to… have any insight for me?

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