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Five Babies in Eight Years (Anonymous)

January 31, 2011

Age – 28
Pregnancies – 13
Births – 5
Children’s ages – 9, 6, 3, 2, 1
15 months postpartum

I had my first four babies in the hospital with varying degrees of intervention. I was fortunate to avoid a c-section, even though I begged for one when the contractions were right on top of each other and hard to deal with. In between my babies I had numerous miscarriages. In 2009 I got pregnant with my fifth baby, completely unexpectedly. I decided that since I couldn’t plan my pregnancy, I was going to plan my birth … so I hired a midwife and had a homebirth.

I had my son on October 27, 2009. He was 8 days overdue and weighed 10lb 6oz. He was born after a literally painless 30 minute labor. If I had known how much better homebirth would be, I wouldn’t have waited so long to have one!

I weighed 225 pounds when my son was born. I lost most of the weight quickly (after all, the majority of it was him!) But then I was stuck at 205 for a long time. I started exercising and changing my eating habits in June 2010 and have lost 30 pounds. I weigh 175 and am 5’4″ tall. I still need to lose 25 pounds to be a healthy weight, but I feel like a goddess where I’m at. Part of me would love to have a tummy tuck but at the same time I feel like the stretch marks are almost a badge of honor, proof of what my body has done.

This might seem silly but the only part of my body that really truly bugs me is my upper arms. I feel like they are inordinately large for my frame. But I am working on them, slowly but surely. Hopefully they will be toned and pretty for the summer …. but if not, there’s always next summer.

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10 Responses to “Five Babies in Eight Years (Anonymous)”

  1. MJ Says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 10:26 am

    ive always teased my hubby about how i want a boob job and a tummy tuck after im done having babies but the more i look at this site and appreciate everyones stories and bodies im proud of my stretchies and saggie boobs that being said i think you look beautiful!!

  2. Bryana Says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 11:00 am

    We could be tummy twins! :)
    Our tummy’s look almost exactly the same! Same texture, stretch marks, even belly buttons!
    For 5 babies, I think you look quite great actually!
    I love your outlook, and you sound like a remarkable woman! :)
    Congratulations on your 5 babies, and especially a homebirth for a 10lb baby, now that is amazing!

  3. Stacy Says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Belly twins! I’ve had 6 kids (5 in 6 years) and my body has certainly taken a toll. My story is UBA5C.I think you look beautiful!

  4. Kat Says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 11:36 am

    that is exactly what my belly looked like after my son! i used olay regenerist on it to tighten back up as well as using CoQ10 pills twice a day. i think your soft skin is beautiful, the only reason i worked on mine was because of my modeling. And on top of not looking like you weigh as much as you say you do, your weight loss is amazing!

  5. Sarah Says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I think you look beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story. Your story really has empowered my feelings of having a midwife assisted birth. :D

  6. My fiAnce thinks... Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Amazing! You are so creamy and soft and lovely! I adore you! I would love to have 5 kids! What a gift for all of your children! Keep it up we can lose it together!

  7. L Says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    you do look great for 5 kids! It is hard to lose weight after kids but its worth it to be healthy.. Stretchmarks are a badge of honor.. kids are blessed to have you as their mom.

  8. Tatianna Says:
    February 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 am

    you look amazing! i have two, two boys and my first was 10.8, after he was born and i was told he wouldnt be over 8 pounds, he had some issues b/c of the hard labor i decided i would have a home birth and did as well. LOVE IT. never going back, if i have any more i wouldnt do it any where else. i gained close to 70 pounds with the first and 50 with the second… i hate my body, and i know the only wayt ot change it is to work out… and im starting to. thank you for giving me the courge to keep going to know that i can change the way i look so i am way happier

  9. Diana Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    yay mama, so glad you had an awesome homebirth! I just had my 2nd DD at home and it was incredible also.
    You look great, what an amazing body to carry and deliver 5 babies!

  10. K Says:
    November 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I know how you feel. I’m also 28 and want to have a tummy tuck but I feel that my belly/stretch marks are a badge of honor for birthing my boys. I also know that some of them are only from my first pregnancy, some kind of proof and honor from the birth of my first son, who was killed by e doctor during a faulty forceps delivery. I know I have other proof of his existence but because I don’t havea lot, and because he personally caused those marks on my body, I hate to get rid of them. However, I know that most tummy tucks won’t remove stretch marks completely so if I ever see a plastic surgeon I will bring that up. Also, I hate my upper arms, too. I feel like they are huge, especially as i am only five feet tall. And I know that no matter how much I exercise, I’ll still have huge broad shoulders. Just know that you are not alone. Btw, though, your stomach looks MUCH better than mine and I don’t think I’d worry about a tuck if I were you!

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