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This is my body 2.5 years after I gave birth to my first (and so far only) child. Although pregnancy was kind to me and I lost all my “baby weight” shortly after giving birth, nevertheless, my body is not the same. Breasts that were once perky and full are now limp and floppy from vigorous nursing that lasted 13 wonderful months. A belly that was once firm and flat now sticks out exactly as it did in pictures of myself at five months pregnant. It took a concentrated effort not to suck it in for these pictures: it’s become a totally subconscious habit for me. I was lucky not to get any stretch marks, but I do bear the scar from where they took my son out of me after 46 hours of labor. Oddly enough, it is darker on one half than the other.

Thank you for this site. I hope it has helped many women realize that the changes to their fertile bodies should be embraced, not scorned. We are all mothers and we wear it proudly.


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in Belly, Breasts, Cesarean, Cesarean Scar and/or Incision, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions, Update

18 comments… add one

  • Bonnie Saturday, December 30, 2006, 7:23 pm

    I have a scar on my wrist which was bi-colored like that for years. It is now almost even, but for probably 4 or so years half of it was purple. Funny thing, huh? You look awesome, mama!

  • Autumn Saturday, December 30, 2006, 11:29 pm

    you do look really fantastic! :)

  • Austin Sunday, December 31, 2006, 1:34 am

    i think you have a super body!!!

  • Super Mom Sunday, December 31, 2006, 10:11 am

    Wow I could be your twin!!!
    I am also 2.5 years post after having my 2nd child. My stomach also looks like I am 5 months pregnant and I get asked often when I am due…Grrr!!!
    Thanks for sharing the photos.

  • April Sunday, December 31, 2006, 1:32 pm

    You look wonderfully beautiful after 2.5yrs. Thanks for sharing.

  • BirthJunkie Sunday, December 31, 2006, 3:26 pm

    Wow! What beauty and bravery (not just for the pictures).

  • Carolyn Sunday, December 31, 2006, 8:21 pm

    I HOPE my breasts look that good after breastfeeding.

  • angela Monday, January 1, 2007, 9:43 am

    that could be me in your picture. i also never got any stretch marks and had a c-section as well. my son is 4 now and our stomachs look so similar, it’s scary. i would like to loose my stomach, but the scar always reminds me of my beautiful son and how much i love him.

  • Stacey Friday, January 5, 2007, 7:46 am

    Holy cow! It’s like looking in a mirror for me. :)

  • none Friday, March 30, 2007, 10:22 pm

    it is very strange that so many others wrote exactly what i was about to, which is ‘it’s like looking at a mirror’! My daughter is also 2.5 and I had an acute c/s. though my scar is bigger than yours our bodies, especially the stomachs look exactly the same, although I have 6 kgs of baby fat still. I would like to get pregnant again and I’m thinking whether it would make a big difference to try to loose all that stomach first (I’m thinking that if you have the energy and time it should be possible but I’m not sure of course, it’s just hard for a working mom). and you look great!!

  • Seth Saturday, July 21, 2007, 8:10 pm

    Personally I think you look wonderful.

  • fitnessman26 Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 10:19 am

    You have absolutly nothing to be ashamed of!! Great body!

  • Maria Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:31 pm

    You look great! Your skin is perfect!

  • Meg Saturday, January 16, 2010, 8:52 am

    I am glad you posted this. It is nice to know that we are all in the same boat. My son is 2.5 yrs. My daughter is 6 mos and I have just gotten down to my pre pregnancy weight. I am thinking to myself hmmm…what next!?! Where do I go from here to make my body like it was. Answer, I don’t think its meant to go back. hahaha I think the mommy body is beautiful..its like a chapter book. It tells stories of passion. of sacrifice. of war. of love and last but not least, the journey of time.

    I think you look fabulous.

  • tanya Sunday, March 21, 2010, 4:45 pm

    wow i dont think your breasts are saggy at all! they look like mine and i love them :) so does my boyfriend :D i think you look great!

  • carrie Friday, April 16, 2010, 7:50 pm

    That’s a scar? Unbelievable! Looks like the mark the elastic of my underwear leaves on me everyday! Actually, it looks better.

  • georgiana Monday, April 25, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Those r sexy breasts. Don’t worry

  • Zulema Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 12:55 pm

    whom ever did your c-section was a pro! you can esaily fix your tummy with ab workouts and since you have no stretchmarks you can ROCK a bikini

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