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Helen

February 4, 2008

My name is Helen.
I have a website at: http://everydaystranger.net

In October 2007 I gave birth to 36 week boy/girl twins after 5 rounds of IVF. I’ve struggled for years and years with anorexia and purging disorders, and I knew that being pregnant would be hard for me, mentally, as I’ve always had a negative view of my body.

I was lucky enough to not get any stretch marks while pregnant, and in the end I only gained about 30 pounds despite eating constantly (albeit healthily). Within two weeks of delivery I was out of my maternity clothes and back in my regular clothes. Three months on and I’m two sizes smaller than I was when I got pregnant – I’m not actively dieting, but I am taking care of twin infants, which keeps me moving 16 hours a day.

Now that three months have passed, I have a noticeable C-section scar, a still visible linea negra, and my former navel ring piercing is a large scar. I have that apron of skin hanging down, too, which I’ve been working on but suspect it will never really go away. But I am so, so lucky to have beautiful, wonderful babies after trying for so many years.

I’ve included a shot of me the day I gave birth, as well as one of me today – both are watermarked as I had some photos stolen a little while ago and I’m now a little over-protective.


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4 Responses to “Helen”

  1. Tammy Says:
    February 4th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations on becoming a Mommy!! As a fellow IVF’er, I fully understand what this means to you. After struggling for so long – it’s amazing to finally realize that your dream has become a reality.

    You look fantastic. What a cute preggo belly you had! :)

  2. Sarah Says:
    February 4th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Wow! You really were so small the day you gave birth! About as big as I was with just ONE baby lol! And your belly now is so flat! I’m jealous! There’s NO apron, by the way! Not at all! Great job, mama! :D You look hot!

  3. Jen Says:
    February 6th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I ADORE that last picture. Beautiful.

  4. B Says:
    February 18th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    You look amazing!

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