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From size 0 to 5 (Nancy)

Age : 26
Pregnancy : 1
Children : A daughter, Chloé

I learned about this website from a close friend to which I confided my body changes during and after pregnancy. I was relieved to see others with the same problems as me but I figured I’d be back in shape in no time so I didn’t worry too much over it. Here I am, 7 months later, posting my very own story !

I used to be one of those lucky girls who never went on a diet, I could eat whatever I wanted and my weight had been a mere 105 pounds for the last 5 years. I inherited this fantastic body from my mother and she always said to me that for her 2 pregnancies, she put on about 25 pounds and a week after she was back in her old size 25 jeans. I always jokingly told my husband how lucky he was to have a wife that could snap back into shape so we could have lots and lots of kids !

However it went very different for me. I gained 25 pounds in the first 6 months of my pregnancy, which was pretty standard. At 7 months I was put on bed rest and stopped working because I had strong contractions every day and was in and out of the hospital a few times. I ended up gaining another 40 pounds in only 3 months. So me, that was used to be 105 pounds, I was now carrying 165 pounds. On top of that I had oedema so bad you couldn’t even see my ankles. My baby finally arrived at 42 weeks after me being inducted ans a c-section (the irony !!!).

Now I’ve been trying to cope with the aftermath and I feel like my body went trough a war. All I can say is that I now understand what it feels like to be insecure, to suck a tummy in public and dress in medium or large. It takes strong women to be confident in any shape or size, for those out there, I applaud you. You know, I don’t want to sound like I complaint because I know that some women would love to be my actual size, but I think the point for a lot of women is the gap between how were before and how hey are now. For me the road to being confident in my new size has just started.

Pre-pregnancy weight : 105 lbs – size 0
End-of pregnancy weight : 165 lbs
7 months post-pregnancy weight : 130 lbs – size 5

in Before Pregnancy, Belly, Breasts, Cesarean, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions

11 comments… add one

  • billboardz360 Monday, October 19, 2009, 9:42 am

    Congratulations, Nancy on the birth of your beautiful daughter. Thanks for sharing such wonderful pics and your candid comments. Life and it’s ironies, huh? You appear to flowing and progressing quite nicely in mind and body. Best wishes and much continued success.

  • jane Monday, October 19, 2009, 10:15 am

    you have no stretch marks!!! I’m so jealous!! your only 7 months PP…give it at least a year, your body will bounce back and you will look even more amazing!

  • Dionne Monday, October 19, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your babygirl. It’s funny: on the before pregnancy picture yoy like a model: very slim. But on the other pictures you look like a real woman, and even a gorgeous one. I understand it’s difficult getting used to another weight and shape (I have three lovely kids and I do not look like I did before), but wow, you just look very very good and no marks!

  • Berni Monday, October 19, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I’m really jealous of you – you look amazing….Not alot of difference between the before and after pic.

  • Mary Monday, October 19, 2009, 2:10 pm

    You look great, and what a great posting! I love your preggo picture, it is amazing! I had my moms body too (tall and slim), she had 3 kids no problem, on my first i gained a ton of weight as well and i look totally different, funny how that happends!

  • Amanda Monday, October 19, 2009, 7:24 pm

    Wow you look amazing! Yes, you look pretty in your pre pregnancy photo but postpartum you look beautiful! Your face looks completely different and so beautiful! I think you look amazing with a little weight on you :)

  • Ashley Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 4:42 am

    Your story matches mine perfectly! I was a size 0 before I had my son, and to top it off…Im under 5′ tall….so every pound looks like a lot when you are that short.
    A few months after I had my son I was wearing my size 0 jeans again and I was so proud of myself…then when I stopped breastfeeding I gained back a lot of weight…now I am a size 5-7 pants…which makes me feel horrible. I think I focus on the number more than how I look. When I see pictures of myself I think ” I’m not that big…” I see other size 7 women and can’t believe we are the same size..but it still bothers me.
    I totally understand what you are saying..of all the challenges of motherhood..learning to respect and be confident of your new body is the hardest part. I try so hard..but its so diffucult
    Good luck..this site helps me alot..

  • Pam Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:55 pm

    I can understand where you are coming from, I too was a size 0 before I had my daughter and now almost 3 years post partum I am down to a size 2. At my highest weight I was around 165 and slowly but surely went down sizes.Other women look at me and tell me they would love to be my size and I feel so selfish saying this but I miss the “old me”. The me that ate whatever she wanted and stayed thin, now I have had to fight for my size and it makes me appretiate the struggle many women face. You may not get down to a zero anymore, but you will go down sizes..just give it time.

  • kimber Friday, November 20, 2009, 2:32 pm

    you look amazing! i wish sooo much i had just gained the weight without the stretch marks. i can hide the droopy skin but if i bend over wrong out pops an ugly mark. jealous.

  • roz Friday, November 20, 2009, 4:13 pm

    ur are so beautiful!!!!! i went from a size 3 to a size nine now but i love my curves!!!! and u look amazing!!!!

  • Greg Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:38 am

    Nancy, you look great in these photos! Seriously, you have a great body and I wish you all the best.

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