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I don’t know if you’ll let me in, but sometimes women do ‘bounce back’, and I wanted to show that too…

36 weeks with #1

Finding out I was pregnant with #2 (about 18 months postpartum). I bounced back much better with the natural birth…

3-4 weeks postpartum after #2 (c/s)
I took this picture to try and express myself; my baby died shortly after birth.

I liked the way my body changed after pregnancy and birth. I became fuller and looked more like a woman than I ever had. I like my breasts better, my hips, my stomach – all of it.

I’m now having #3.

(I wanted to reply to this and say that anyone is welcome to post pictures – I love diversity! Thank you so much for sharing!)

Follow-Up #1

Follow-Up #2

Follow-up #3

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18 comments… add one

  • zebrabelly Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 2:34 pm

    Babs – I am very sorry for the loss of your second child. Thank you again for sharing your photos with us.

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 2:54 pm

    So sorry. :( Your belly is beautiful

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 4:47 pm

    I can’t stop looking at your post-partum belly shot. My heart aches for you and the loss of your precious angel. Your picture conveys so much emotion. It’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing such an intimate picture.

  • Jen Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 11:39 pm

    This is a beautiful site. And a beautiful story, Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 11:49 pm

    Congrats on your current pregnancy! You are lucky and like my own mother in regards to how your body was post partum, so imagine my surprise when I had stretchmarks – Thanks dad! Sorry to hear about your loss and hopefully you will never ever have to go through something like that ever again.

  • Anonymous Thursday, July 13, 2006, 11:56 am

    Your pictures are wonderful! Your body looks great in every stage of motherhood. Congrats on your third pregnancy!

  • Anonymous Thursday, July 13, 2006, 6:18 pm

    Sorry for youe loss :(So you have a questbook, dedication webpage for him or her?You have a beautiful body. :)

  • bon Friday, July 14, 2006, 1:19 pm

    I can barely look at the last picture. There, and that is the sound of my heart breaking. You are beautiful.

  • thelovelyamber Friday, July 14, 2006, 4:20 pm

    Thank you for posting your pictures. I came to this site because I am trying to get pregnant and I am already very unhappy about my body. I’m trying to accept it; I’ve been attempting to lose weight for 5 years because I’ve always wanted to look like my pole- thin sister. I have curves and they look so good on you… maybe I look better than I thought. You are so beautiful. You give me hope.

  • AiryCat Saturday, July 15, 2006, 4:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your photos. My body bounces back fairly well, too. I lost my first child when she was 16 days old, and I actually hated that my body bounced back. It was if all evidence of her had been erased, except for the c/s scar. I wish I had taken a pic of myself like you did. With baby #2 (a boy) I didn’t bounce back quite as well, but I’m nearing 40 and I think I look ok. Anyway, I related to your post in a big way and had to say thanks for having the courage to share.

  • Anonymous Saturday, July 15, 2006, 10:12 pm

    Hi babs. I see you everywhere, lol. I’ve said this before but since I’ve never seen that last picture there, I’ll say it again: You touch my heart with your courage and your strength and your honesty. Many blessings to you.~Daladyaphrodite

  • Anonymous Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 7:49 am

    I love your post. You have a beautiful belly, both during pregnancy and after. I’m so sorry for your loss, your picture incoporates so much of what I was feeling after my CS with my daughter.This site is an amazing tribute to mothers, its so wonderful being able to see real mother’s bellies, stretch marks or not.

  • Brittany Sunday, April 1, 2007, 8:01 pm

    Im very sorry for your loss. Happy that you are happy with your body though :) Thats very important

  • marissa Saturday, April 14, 2007, 6:43 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I cant help but stare at your picture after your 2nd. It just says so much. My heart really goes out to you. You seem like such a very strong woman and for that I am inspired. Thank you so much for sharing…and again, I am so sorry.

  • elvira Friday, June 22, 2007, 9:17 am

    you are gorgeous and look so perfect with your beautiful curves! so sorry about your loss, so great you are going for the next. all the best.

  • fitnessman26 Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 9:50 am

    I am so sad to hear of youre loss hun, I hope #3 went/goes well! You have an increadible looking body! Thank you for those.

  • lizz Monday, October 11, 2010, 10:49 pm

    i just wanted to say that you are so courageous. i would love to see your photos but they’re not working.
    and ur tattoo is beautiful and an amazing idea, on ur other post!

  • L Sunday, February 13, 2011, 9:15 am

    Im sorry for your loss. .

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