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Fifth Pregnancy (Rachel)

I am 27 years old, and recently gave birth to my fifth child 3 months ago. With each pregnancy I have gained between 50 and 60 lbs and have managed to lose the weight every time. Usually this takes me about 9 months, but with this past pregnancy i worked out during and after birth and only have about 15 more lbs to go. I know many people will look at my pictures and think, what does she have to complain about?, but before i had children I really took pride in the way my body looked, and I have a lot of self esteem issues over each little stretch mark, scar, and extra skin. I have been breastfed all five children, and because those times overlapped i have ended up breastfeeding for 8 straight years, so my breasts are nowhere near as perky as they used to be. But as I look at all my kiddos, I can say with confidence that they are worth it. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I am working hard at trying to accept my body the way it is, and trying to look at my scars as signs of what i have accomplished, instead of flaws. I just wish it wasnt so hard.

in Belly, Breasts, Four or More Pregnancies, Postpartum, Submissions

23 comments… add one

  • Shealene Thursday, September 4, 2008, 12:43 am

    Are you sure you’ve had 5 kids? Wow! And oh MY! I wish my boobs looked like yours. I’m 22 and didn’t breastfeed and only had one child and mine are pretty baggy. And one is noticabley bigger than the other. It’s not too bad, but you can see it. For some reason, I’m not bothered by it now. Which is weird, because I was more concerned about how I looked before I was pregnant and now I accept myself completely. I honestly just had this big epiphany one day, not too long ago.

  • Christie Thursday, September 4, 2008, 2:35 am

    I think you look great, but that’s not to say you can’t express disappointment if that’s the way you feel *hugs*

  • Healthnut Mama Thursday, September 4, 2008, 6:45 am

    WOW! You are one hot mama!

  • Vikell Thursday, September 4, 2008, 7:00 am

    Your boobs look perky and they certainly do not look like they have breastfed 5 kids!!! Overall, you look great and in no time you will be back at your pre-pregnancy weight.

  • Jaclyn Thursday, September 4, 2008, 7:01 am

    5 kids and your breasts look amazing!!! You should still take pride in your body even more so now for it gave you 5 children and nourished them for eight years. You look great mama self a break!!

  • N Thursday, September 4, 2008, 11:48 am

    what your brests look great by the way and your body looks supppper great LOL!

  • taiyo Thursday, September 4, 2008, 3:48 pm

    You looks awesome. Five kids? That’s wonderful. I’m 27 and just had my first.

  • Berni Friday, September 5, 2008, 11:02 am

    WOW!!! I cannot believe you have had 5 kids!!! Really can’t. I’m 18 & only have 1 and I don’t look like that!!!

  • MilkMama Friday, September 5, 2008, 12:06 pm

    Wow! Five kids! And you really do look awesome! You look awesome for ONE child, let alone for FIVE! And you breastfed them all!!! My new hero! :D I’m breastfeeding my little girl still. :D

  • Ashley Friday, September 5, 2008, 8:27 pm

    I wish I could look like that after just having 2 kids, and breast fed my last one for 13 months. You look amazing hun. Just want to tell you that to be a mother of 5 and have breast fed 5, your beautiful, strong woman!!!

  • Ashley Thursday, September 11, 2008, 7:07 pm

    NO WAY FIVE!
    You were born to breed!
    You look just incredible.
    truly.

  • erin Friday, September 12, 2008, 9:10 pm

    You’ve had 5 kids?! Your body could have fooled me if you hadn’t mentioned being pregnant 5 times. You really look great, and I’m not just saying that. I’m looking around this site because I am very scared of becoming pregnant only because of my body changing, and there are so many great stories here. If my body could look like yours after all is said and done, I would be happy!

    Good luck with everything life brings to you, 5 children must keep you busy! I want to have 4 but haven’t even started yet. The thought of a big family just makes me so happy.

  • Meg Friday, September 19, 2008, 5:29 am

    WOW You have a gorgeous Bod!! I wouldnt have ever guessed you have had 5 babies!!!

  • Kayle Saturday, October 4, 2008, 10:16 pm

    I’m pregnant with my fifth now..i just found out… wow..you look great to have had 5 children.. Congrats and I love that you breastfed all 5 children…

  • Chris Thursday, October 23, 2008, 9:00 pm

    Trust me you are your biggest critic, I would say you look great with out knowing you had five children . But knowing that you look amazing simply flawless

  • samera Friday, October 31, 2008, 7:15 am

    OH MY GOD you have 5 and your tummy and your boobs look great i can’t believe it i have 2 and i only breastfed for 4 months and they sag and i have stretch marks all over my tummy i wish we could swap

  • rose Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 9:13 pm

    wow thats amazing.. i cant believe you have had 5 kids! you look better now then i ever did before i had my 1 baby!! wow great job!

  • Momof3Boys Friday, November 20, 2009, 9:54 am

    What is the secret to keeping your breasts from being deflated balloons? My body looks just like yours except my boobs are deflated after 2 babies (breastfed 13 months + 15 months) and I’m pregnant with my 3rd, my breasts don’t look that filled in even while pregnant! Or are you still breastfeeding and so you’re breasts have never had a break/chance to deflate in these 8 years? Just wondering because my husband would REALLY appreciate something other than hanging skin on my chest… :-/ Do share if there is a secret (like ice cream nightly?)?

  • John Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Big beautiful breasts :)

  • c mills Sunday, May 2, 2010, 7:54 am

    wow,u look great after having 5 kids i had my 4th in december and have just found out im pregnant again with my 5th and my lil one is only 5months old,i to loose the weight straight away and im hoping to after this one awell,i hope from seeing your pictures i do lol

  • Angela Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 8:05 pm

    CONGRATS ALL AROUND! I am preg with #5 and lost all the weight within 6 months each time, breastfeed each for 1-2 yrs each, and I always ALWAYS gained about 50-60 lbs per pregnancy, all my babies were over 10 lbs,(one was 12 lbs!), all vaginal deliveries, and I am 5’0″. I was 110 lbs when I got preg with my first 8 yrs ago and I am 114 when I got preg with #5 2 months ago, you are a testament to mothers that make it all look so easy! I wanted to say that those pregnancy charts drive me crazy, they are horribly inaccurate and they also try to scare you into thinking about what your postpreg body could look like…nope no gestational diabetes either…You are proof that each of us are so different and unique from each other and our pregnancy experiences cannot be lumped together into a chart or list of body changes. You should give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back for the outstanding job you’ve done carrying those babies. Kudos!

  • Jamie Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:18 am

    I have 4 kids and am working on conceiving our 5th and final child. Just wanted to say that I agree with everyone else. You look great! And are brave to take the chance in posting your pics. You had no idea what kind of response you would get but were still willing to take the chance. I too have lost all of my baby weight each time and hope that I still look just as great as you after number 5.

  • Nikki Thursday, June 16, 2011, 5:15 pm

    I just found out that I am pregnant with my 5th baby as well. I am 26 but will be 27 soon, our story is so similar. My babies are 2,4,5, and 5 and 4 weeks gestations. Love them sooo much. My boobs look just like yours! I brestfed as well, just not very long with each. I never got stretch marks and never gained any weight, I am about your size, not now cause of bby #5 :) Email me if you want. walk_by_faith84@yahoo.com

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