Hi, I’m Andrea. I’m 29 years old. I am so glad I found this site; it’s incredibly empowering.
I was around 150 pounds when I became pregnant last year and packed on 50 pounds during my pregnancy. Here is a photo of me at 36 weeks:
I knew about cocoa butter and other remedies to help with the stretch marks but really didn’t do anything about them once they began to appear. I didn’t really start to gain weight until my third trimester — and I think I put on 10 pounds in my last two weeks alone.
Here is a picture of my stomach now, six months after I had my wonderful daughter. She had to be induced after 41 weeks, but she was perfect in every way when she arrived.
I also have stretch marks on my breasts — they went up three bra sizes, and I fear that when I stop breastfeeding they will remain this size.
I lost most of the weight in the first two months while breastfeeding. My daughter is just starting to transition to solids. I figure I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was when I conceived.
I don’t consider my body to be ugly, but I’ve had no interest in sex since the baby was born (and for the majority of my pregnancy). I guess this is because I don’t feel like my body is truly my own anymore. I still nurse before and after work, and pump during the day. It’s the biggest postpartum issue I have.
I am so thankful for this site and to share my story with women everywhere.