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Finding beauty in every imperfection (Jordan)

March 17, 2011

21 years old
2 pregnancies, 1 birth
13 months pp

I want to start off by saying this site is amazing, I love reading all of the posts on here. However, i don’t like seeing that it is such a struggle for some women to love the bodies that their children gave them. I know it’s difficult, I’ve been there and i too struggled some but not anymore. There are two things you can do, one- accept the skin that you are in and love your body, if not for what it looks like for what it has blessed you with, or two- If you are unhappy with your weight gain, work to lose it.. and don’t get discouraged, Try to remember.. it takes 9 months to gain that weight and for some, it takes 9 months plus some to work it off. I see so many beautiful mothers, with nice bodies on here posting about how awful they think they look and i’m sitting here saying to myself.. you’ve got to be kidding. We, ladies, are our worst critics and one of the things that most of us do, and shouldn’t is compare our bodies to others which leads to self esteem issues that simply shouldn’t be there. Embrace the change and Find beauty in your new bodies! There is beauty in everything, some people may not see it and those are the people that shouldn’t matter.

I’m 5’2 and before pregnancy i weighed 120 lbs, I wasn’t very confident and i always wanted to be thinner than i was, and i wanted bigger boobs.. even though i see now, that there wasn’t a thing wrong with my body, back then.. it wasn’t so easy. During my pregnancy i gained 35 lbs, and the weight gain didn’t bother me because i was gaining weight for my son. My son was born, January 10th 2010 weighing 6 lbs and 10 0z, 21 inches long. After he was born, i ate healthy and worked out when i could (which wasn’t often) and it still took me about 10 months to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight. Now that my son is older, and I’ve recently became a stay at home mom, i exercise more regularly and i do not diet, but surprisingly i’m a jean size smaller than i was before baby. I’m content with my body, stretch marks and all. When i look at myself naked in the mirror, i do not find myself disgusting.. i see the complete opposite, When i look at my stretch marks and wrinkled skin, i think of the very reason they are there in the first place and i appreciate my body for all that it has done. I hope all of you mama’s out there can too, start appreciating your bodies.. you are all beautiful!

-Love- Jordan, Colin’s mommy.

Photos:

(1,2) 4 months into pregnancy
(3) 8 months into pregnancy
(4) 8 months pp
(5) Now, 13 months pp at 118 lbs
(6) Stretch marks
(7) Mommy’s little monster

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8 Responses to “Finding beauty in every imperfection (Jordan)”

  1. Renee Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    My son was born January 22nd, 2010, and I’m amazed at how similar our post pregnancy bodies look! My breasts are so much smaller, my tummy larger, softer, and covered in faded stretch marks. You have a beautiful body and a beautiful son!

  2. Amanda Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    You are beautiful and your son is adorable!

    Good for you for owning your beauty. I love your confidence and this post is fantastic. Here’s hoping other women learn to be as confident with themselves as you are.

  3. Catherine S Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    You really are lovely:) I like your attitude as well!

  4. cj Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    wow you are my twin body!!!!! you look so beautiful though! :) My daughter is in heaven though I lost her at 38 weeks preggers. :( But I am thankful for every little mark she left on her mommy. You look perfect and your little monster is the cutest! :)

  5. Anonymous Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Your awesome! :) If only more women thought this way about their bodys

  6. Tiffany Says:
    May 8th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Your attitude is awesome, I am looking at my own body (which looks just like yours) in a more positive light. :)

  7. Dee Says:
    June 5th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I completely agree with you. So many women complain about their bodies when we have no need to! We are all beautiful and I think this site helps more women realize that. Your body is great and I’m glad you know that.

  8. Jason Says:
    February 11th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    As a man I agree….all the women on this site are beautiful and it is refreshing to see a real woman!!!! Thanks for sharing and providing inspiration.

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