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Anonymous

December 30, 2006

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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18 Responses to “Anonymous”

  1. Bonnie Says:
    December 30th, 2006 at 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!

  2. Autumn Says:
    December 30th, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    you do look really fantastic! :)

  3. Austin Says:
    December 31st, 2006 at 1:34 am

    i think you have a super body!!!

  4. Super Mom Says:
    December 31st, 2006 at 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.

  5. April Says:
    December 31st, 2006 at 1:32 pm

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

  6. BirthJunkie Says:
    December 31st, 2006 at 3:26 pm

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

  7. Carolyn Says:
    December 31st, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    I HOPE my breasts look that good after breastfeeding.

  8. angela Says:
    January 1st, 2007 at 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.

  9. Stacey Says:
    January 5th, 2007 at 7:46 am

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

  10. none Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 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!!

  11. Seth Says:
    July 21st, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Personally I think you look wonderful.

  12. fitnessman26 Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 10:19 am

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

  13. Maria Says:
    February 12th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    You look great! Your skin is perfect!

  14. Meg Says:
    January 16th, 2010 at 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.

  15. tanya Says:
    March 21st, 2010 at 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!

  16. carrie Says:
    April 16th, 2010 at 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.

  17. georgiana Says:
    April 25th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Those r sexy breasts. Don’t worry

  18. Zulema Says:
    December 11th, 2013 at 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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