Wow what a great thing you are doing here!
I know that becoming a mother has been the best thing in my life…but for me and my body there were dark times. I’ve dealt with a weight problem (200lbs average since middle school) and a very low self image all my life. I had just gotten to a weight I felt I could “deal with” when by a miracle I got pregnant after 4 years of trying. I went into it with all intentions of enjoying every minute of it. And I did…from 145lbs to 215lbs. I was ok with that because I had pre-e and thought much of it was water weight.
The only part of my body I ever did like was my stomach which throughout my life had been very small compared to the rest of me. My belly didn’t get stretch mark one and I was even able to keep my navel ring in the entire time.
Post partum was a slap in the face though…I got bigger. The already too small maternity clothes were bustin’ at the seems and did for seemed like forever. I hated my body and myself for the way I looked.
Now going on 3 years since my son was born I am in total amazement as for some reason my body has turned into one that I’ve never known. I’ve lost 30+ lbs in the last year, my already small waist is smaller, I’m a whole size smaller than I was pre-pregnancy…I’m well I’m just amazed. I do still have my issues but when my son wanted to go to the pool this summer and I went to get my first real bathing suit in 6 years I saw a woman looking back at me that made me smile. I’m the mom I always wanted to be and for the first time in my life I’m proud of my body. Yes I feel more self confident because it looks a certain way now, but more importantly it did what it was supposed to do and gave me the child of my dreams. Now lets say a prayer for #2!!! And should my body do yet another turn around and become covered in stretch marks with the next I will think back to this site and wear them with pride! Thank you!