I was a fat child growing up and had stuggled with weight always. I had lost a lot when I got pregnant, but was about 220lbs. was 285 at 41 weeks- the day I gave birth to a 9lb 11oz baby boy named Orion (now 15m and 32lbs!)-I lost 20lbs right away. I had a lot of problems with nursing and that beat me up emotionally, as I planned to nurse for 1 year or longer- when I could barely produce 10oz of milk a day (with the help of meds and herbal remedies-6oz without) I decided to go over to the bottle when he was 6 mos old- I weighed 296lbs at that point. Since April, with the help of a low-carb diet that my doctor endorsed I have lost 86lbs and am 35lbs away from the ultimate goal- at which point I will try for baby #2. I still get down on my body- but I feel more like a woman that I ever have and I appreciate my body so much more- I have wider hips that balance me out (I am 6ft tall and had narrower hips) and my breasts, albeit a little south, are fuller than they were and I love them. I’m still going for the mother’s special when I’m done having children- but even if that never happens, I love my body more than I ever have, because I gave life to the most precious being the universe has seen (in my eyes!!)
For the pictures I submitted-
the first is me now
the second is me @ 6mos pregnant
the 3rd is me @ 9mos pregnant
the 4th is me 10mins postpartum
the 5th, 6th, 7th is me after 86 pounds lost- 15 months postpartum with 35/40 pounds till goal.
My body has never been like other teenage girls or women my age- I love it more now than I did when I struggled with ED and was thin for about 2 mins. My husband loves my body and cannot wait until I am ripe with baby number 2. My husband reminds me everyday about how wonderful it was to see my body do such fantastic work and about how happy I was and am now since I have been able to use my body the way it was designed to be used. I still want to be in better shape for next time- but at least I know that the human machine is a magical thing and that no matter what- I am beautiful!