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(Anonymous)

July 13, 2009

I am just about 6 months PP..

I did not gain but 20 pounds or so in my pregnancy (first and only so far..)
I found out I was pregnant at almost 9 weeks.. Delivered at 38..
And I must say it was the most amazing experience in my life.
Made it all the wawy through with out any pain medicine, and then at 10cm
I started to get a migraine (which I’ve been dealing with since I was about 5 years old)
I was trying to tough it out, but I was falling asleep during pushing, and pushed for about
3 hours.. And that’s when my nurse contacted my doctor to see what she wanted to do with me..
We both knew my birth plan was to delivery completely natural..
It came down to her giving me 15 more minutes otherwise she was going to have to change something..
My doctor advised my nurse to give me some pain meds to help me rest for a few minutes, had that for 30min-45min..
And I told her that I really didn’t want it anymore, she said I take it out and give you another 15 minutes to push,
if no baby, then we will try the vacuum or it’s going to be a c-section.. I thought to myself, I CAN DO THIS!
The nurse suggested trying to push lying on my side.. WORKED LIKE A CHARM! SHE POPPED right out!

On January 3, at 4:22p my beautiful baby girl, Brookelyn was born, and my husband was right at my side the whole time
helping me as much as he could.. He told me he was very impressed by me being so calm (he told me before
I gave birth that I was going to be screaming the whole time) Never snapped once! :P HAH

Within the month after I gave birth, ALL of my weight came off! I figured it was the breast feeding..
I breastfed till recently, and now it has stopped, I think that if I don’t start to work out, I may start to gain the weight back..
I was all belly, and didn’t start to show till about 6 months, so I got stretch marks all in the end of my pregnancy..
They are still a purply-redish color.. Seems like they are taking longer than most peoples to heal up..
Unless I am doing something wrong..?

Picture 1: Wedding day… (5.5 months or so)
Picture 2: 16 weeks pregnant
Picture 3: Another picture while pregnant (almost 8 months)
Picture 4: Pre pregnancy
Picture 5: Pre pregnancy
Picture 6: Pre pregnancy
Picture 7 & 8: Post pregnancy (5/6 months)

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9 Responses to “(Anonymous)”

  1. kassy :) Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    at least you got skinny again!!!! i am 2 months pp and i still have skin and fat that hangs down… im about to starve myself just to get rid of some of this fat!!!

  2. Nichole Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Wow! You look great! Your stretch marks will fade! Mine did big time.. I was about the same size as you so now I just need to lose the rest of my weight, but Congrats on your baby and again you look amazing!

  3. Mary Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    You look great! Stretch marks take a bit of time to fade, but they do. I always protected mine from the sun (until they were faded, I figured the skin was sensitive) and I used the lotion Trilastin… its kinda expensive, but I felt like it tighted my skin up and faded my stretch marks pretty well. I heard scrubs work well so I made one with raw sugar and a little olive oil… Im sure there are many methods, but time is the only one that seems to always work. I really love your black and white photo, very beautiful!

  4. Sarah Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    You look beautiful! I had a similar experience with the vacuum/C-Section threat and natural delivery/trying to stay conscious thing. :) And you aren’t doing anything wrong with your stretchmarks. I think mine faded to white/silver at around a year to a year and a half after my daughter was born. Actually, yours are quite light IMO. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience!!!

  5. Shealene Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    All people heal differently when it comes to stretch marks. And judging by your pictures your’s don’t to seem to be as bad as you think! You should honestly give it a couple years…they’ll just continue to fade as time goes on. But I’d say after another 6 months they’ll basically be non existant! You look awesome!

  6. Kristen Says:
    July 13th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    You look fantastic! Your belly is identical to mine… except I have a few extra stretch marks (this is my 2nd pregnancy). I just delivered 3 weeks ago and I have found that using an exfoliating scrub seems to really be working on smoothing out my stretch marks. The recipe is St Ives Apricot scrub, aloe vera gel, vitamin e oil (i also use fish oil in there), and pure cocoa butter and I scrub it on twice a day (and rinse) and then follow with st ives collagen elastin lotion!

    You look fantastic!!!!

  7. 12 Weeks Pregnant Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    You did it girl! I think you look fantastic and the stretch marks are not bad at all. Stretch marks are a symbol of female strength and power a symbol of being a creator, be proud of it!

  8. Stacie Hulm Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Hey! If you ever get pregnant again … you should try squatting when you push.

    When you lay on your back it causes your pelvic bones/area to close by about %10-20. This makes it more difficult to push the baby out and causes unneeded stress. A little unknown fact – although I don’t know why. Actually laying on your back is a very unnatural way to deliver … but we’ve been made to think it’s the way forward because the hospitals want us in a bed.

    I delivered on my knees holding onto the back of the hospital bed which was propped up. My back was to the room and the midwife was behind me to collect the baby. I delivered in 3 pushes.

    I delivered in England though – where they let you walk around and deliver wherever you want. In the USA they make you lay down on a bed.

    I live in the USA now … and if I ever get pregnant again I’m going to tell the doctors in the hospital to pound sand if they tell me I have to lay down.

    Just a little tip for next time!

  9. Stacie Hulm Says:
    July 14th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    P.S. Semi-contrary to some of the other comments here -nothing gets rid of stretchmarks. The faster you get used to this fact, the faster you will be able to accept your new body and be happy. I know … I’ve got them too … I’ve had them all my life since puberty. Once they’re there … they’re there to stay.

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