i have posted her before, i believe at about 4 months post partum. just a quick recap, i gained just about 50 pounds while i was pregnant and gave birth at 38 weeks via c-section due to complications during labor. i ate like a pig while i was pregnant. my pre-pregnancy weight was 140 give or take a few pounds, i’m 5’6″ and wore a size 6 or 8(s/m) depending on the clothes. i didn’t lose a pound of pregnancy weight for at least a few weeks….i actually gained a couple pounds while i was in the hospital, i left weighing about 187-190. I was very discouraged because weeks later I was still flubbery and huge and hadn’t dropped more than one or two pounds…my son was 6lbs 6 oz…but that 6 pounds didn’t wanna leave me! I had always eaten a (mainly) healthy vegetarian diet and worked out 3-5 times a week, until I got morning sickness….then I stopped working out all together and for a few weeks straight, about the only thing I could stomach was milkshakes….they were delicious…but caught up quick. I gained most of my pregnancy weight in the first and early second trimester, when you’re NOT supposed too….the rest of my pregnancy I gained the 1-2 punds a week or less that you are supposed to gain…but I couldn’t undue the damage. I can’t tell you exactly how much I gained in what time period…but I do know that at my doctors appt when I was 10 weeks pregnant (found out very soon, right around 3-4 weeks I knew I was pregnant), I had already gained 6 pounds! Anyway, I worked out a lot just before I was cleared to by the doctor, which was a mistake, cause it really hurt/pulled at my incision area….so that set me back a little. I started dieting almost immediately after giving birth….another bad idea….I believe if I had eating better right after, I might have lost weight quicker…I didn’t give my body any time to recooperate. I was down to about 155ish by about 16 weeks PP. Right now at just about 7 months, I am at 143. SOME of my old clothes fit me, but the pants are pretty tight. I gained most of my weight in my hips and butt. And overall, my body is different. I had tight abs before, which I expected to be looser…but I didn’t expect it to take so long. My thighs are still pretty sizeable and much more flabby, despite working out like I used too…and I have some lower back fat, which never used to be there. I also get a little roll over my pants when I sit down and sometimes when I don’t…which I didn’t have before. I mean I was no super model before, THATS FOR SURE….but I didn’t appreciate my body enough…I was always trying to make it better….and now, all I wish, is that I could have it back! It’s worth it though, because I have a wonderful boyfriend who loves me and thinks I’m beautiful and an even more wonderful son who is big and healthy and ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS…..so when I look at my thighs and my soft tummy and my back fat….I think that it was just a small price to pay to have such a wonderful little boy. I’m starting to feel more confident slowly….but it’s an uphill struggle. Whenever I eat something that’s not a diet food…I kick myself and look in the mirror at my gut and my back fat….but then I look at my son again and it puts everything back into perspective. Sorry I’m so long-winded. Here are some pictures of me now and one of me a couple days before delivery.