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Anonymous

July 19, 2006

I had my two babies fifteen months apart, both full term (41+ weeks), in my 30s. Both were large babies, over 9 and 11 pounds each. I don’t have any pictures of my body from my first pregnancy. I wish I had done belly shots, and encourage anyone waffling on this to do it! I was up to 210 pounds at the end of my first pregnancy with my daughter. It must have been a lot of water put on gradually. I was down to 165 pounds when she was only three weeks old and 145 pounds when she was five months old.

Here I am when my daughter was 7 months old, about four weeks after conceiving my son.
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I was up to 195 glorious pounds when I birthed my son. Here I am at 40 1/2 weeks.
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It took longer to drop the baby weight this time. It came off when I started the night weaning process when my second baby was about a year old.

Here I am about a year and a half postpartum at 142 pounds. I have been nursing continuously for 33 months now (nursed through pregnancy and tandem nurse now). I have mixed feelings about showing my breasts, but in the spirit of this wonderful site — my breasts are very asymmetrical. The larger breast produces more. I wonder what will happen when they wean.

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You can see the varicose veins that I earned in my second pregnancy. These are mostly in my left leg. My skin is somewhat loose but seems to be improving gradually.

I was lucky to avoid stretch marks. I have them on both breasts, but they are not noticeable. They are mostly hidden by the sag.

I will be having major pelvic floor reconstruction surgery. But I don’t want to send a picture of that change.

This site is amazing. Thank you for allowing me to participate.

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11 Responses to “Anonymous”

  1. TANYETTA Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful—My right breast is larger than my left. Someone told me I produce more milk from the right because I’m righthanded.Not sure if that’s true.Thank you for posting! This is an amazing site. I’ve learned so much and the best part is knowing I’m NOT alone with how I view my body.

  2. mandy Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    My LEFT boob is always bigger because I’m right handed. I like to be able to do other stuff while I nurse (eat, drink, read) so I nurse more on my left.

  3. Caren Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    My right is bigger than my left one also! I’ve always thought that was abnormal…but now I know I’m not alone. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

  4. Anonymous Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 11:20 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing them. And it’s ok to not share pelvic floor reconstruction photos. ;o)

  5. Anonymous Says:
    July 20th, 2006 at 5:37 am

    I have little, lopsided boobs too. Righty is bigger and produced more…I nursed 28 months, and the last 10 were right-side only. I weaned 7 months ago and they are still uneven.Your body looks great! Nice abs.

  6. Tami Says:
    July 20th, 2006 at 5:39 am

    Beautiful. I also feel not as abnormal because boobs look just like yours. The right one is big and full of milk and the left boob is much smaller. I estimated that my right boob produces about 3x more milk than my left. I just figured I must have nursed out of that side more than the left right from the beginning and the left never caught up. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  7. Anonymous Says:
    July 20th, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    My right breast is the only one that produced milk for my second child…(although I think if I had kept trying, maybe the left one would have started to flow, but I gave up.) So I only fed him from my right breast — which was so inconvienient, as I’m right handed too! Now my son is 5 1/2 and my right breast is much smaller than my left and it has the post-breast feeding sag where the other remained a little “perkier” if I can possibly USE that word. I’m 49 years old. I had my first child (10#12oz) when I was 25 and my second 18 years later, when I was 44 (8#2oz). Both vaginal.My stretch marks aren’t so bad actually, but I’m still 195# 5’8″. And I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life!

  8. Chandelle' Says:
    July 20th, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    amazing and wonderful that you have nursed for so long. congrats!

  9. Spotter Says:
    July 21st, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations on nursing so long and tandem nursing, not an easy feat. Your body is beautiful! I also have one breast larger than the other, my left (and I am left handed). I wanted to say good luck with your surgery, I also had major pelvic floor reconstruction surgery done April of last year, and again this April past, 3 months ago. I hope you’re feeling well soon!

  10. Anonymous Says:
    July 22nd, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    all i can say, is WOW .. you look great, and I’m happy for you for your choice to breastfeed, and you commitment to it.. = danielle (can’t make myself a blogger, my compy is being stupid)

  11. Susan Senator Says:
    July 22nd, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    I love this site!! I was just talking about the stripes I’ve earned from carrying three boys for 40 weeks! http://susansenator.com/blog/2006/07/skin-deep.html

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