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A Do-Over (Megan)

February 18, 2013

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Age: I’m 25
Number of Pregnancies & Births: 2 Pregnancies & Two births (3.5 yrs & 3 weeks old)

I was terrified to have another baby after my first. For all kinds of reasons: I didn’t want to get more stretchmarks (more! how would that even be possible?! I felt covered already.), I hated being pregnant the first time (I just felt fat and ugly the whole time and wasn’t too excited to re-live those feelings), I didn’t want to have to lose a bunch of weight afterwards again (it took me 6 months to even feel semi normal again last time), I’d hated all of the comments from people when I went overdue with my first (“You haven’t had that baby YET?!”) etc.

Long story short, despite all of my reasons, I really wanted my son to have a sibling so we decided to start trying for another when he was 2.5 and boom! Two months later, the pee sticks showed pregnant. I was simultaneously thrilled and scared.

How would this time be any different? Would I completely lose myself again?

Then I remembered the post I’d written on here when my son was a year old. Looking at it again was like a pep talk from my self. I COULD have a better second pregnancy! I COULD enjoy it! It was all up to me and my attitude/habits. And guess what? I did.

I took my own advice: I walked daily and I ate decently (this time I gained 28 pounds instead of 53).

I tried to dress in a way that made me feel confident and showed off my bump. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to feel good! I went to thrift stores and wore hand me downs (but only the ones that made me feel pretty!).

I grew my hair out to a length that made me happy.

I actually let people include me in pictures.

I celebrated milestones.

All in all, this pregnancy flew by and although I went overdue by almost 2 weeks (oh the comments I got this time!), I let myself enjoy being pregnant. Having my son involved made it such a special time that I want to remember forever.

Do I look like a supermodel now? Nope. Do I absolutely love my body all the time now? No way. BUT I now know, I look like the mother of two amazing children who I love more than anything and THAT’S the look I’m going for. My husband loves me and more importantly, I love myself. I also realize now that it takes time to get back to “normal” (if there even is such a thing) after having a baby. I’m in no rush.

I’m so incredibly grateful for the community of women on here who let each other know daily it’s OK if becoming a mother changed you! It’s supposed to. We’re here to build each other up and I love it. Thank you mamas, keep doing what you’re doing!

These pics are of me at 2.5 weeks postpartum after my second. I really want to start eating cleaner and getting back into the swing of doing Pilates daily but for now, my hobbies include sleeping (whenever I can!) and nursing. :)

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4 Responses to “A Do-Over (Megan)”

  1. Natalie Says:
    February 18th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Your post is so inspiring. Great attitude mama – keep it up! I too really want another baby (hopefully a daughter). But whenever I think of how emotionally traumatizing the whole experience with baby #1 was… good to know I am not the only one who is terrified to be pregnant again. Hopefully one day I will come to that place where I am emotionally ready for another baby. Thank you for such a positive post.

  2. I. G. Says:
    February 18th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    That is a powerful post! You have discocered the right balance between taking responsibility for you pregnancy and body and letting go/accepting what is! This attitude leads to a calm and happy mind, it is one tool for a happy and fullfilled life!

  3. Stephanie Says:
    February 18th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Good for you!!!! So inspiring.

  4. Sarah Says:
    February 18th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    You look amazing! I’m in shock that these photos are only at 2.5 weeks pp!

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