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I Am Beautiful (Julie)

March 22, 2011

I got pregnant at 18. I had a amaing little boy who weighed 10 pounds, and I myself, gained 98 pounds. I have stretch marks from the back of my legs to my breast. I felt so ugly, so ashamed and ruined. I thought I was a freak and lost who I was as a woman. Two years later I became pregnant with my second child, a 8 pound baby. I breast fed both my boys, and am still breast feeding the newest. My sister n law sent me your web site with the title “you are a real woman”. It hit me that my prebaby body did not define me as a woman. I now define my womanhood by being a mom. I grew two lifes inside my body and in return I am a real woman! These marks show the amazing journey I have been through.I am 23, I had a baby a year ago and I am beautiful….You are welcome to share my story and pictures. I hope by others seeing them, that they will know they are beautiful and to be proud of their body

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9 Responses to “I Am Beautiful (Julie)”

  1. amber Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:44 am

    crazy! your the first photo that has hit me like whoa. shes gorgeous… and it looks like me… hmm i must be gorgeous too. This site is SO inspirational… and i too have passed it on, continue to do the same… great photo!

  2. Jenny W Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:01 am

    You are beautiful. And to have gained 98 lbs that is crazy because you cannot tell at all. Other than the stretch marks, I cannot even tell you have had children. You look great, be proud!

  3. Gwen Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:52 am

    You ARE beautiful! You look gorgeous-so trim! I just turned 24 and also have two boys. Thanks for the post and your sweet words:)

  4. Renee Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    you look amazing. I 2 had 10 pound baby boy 8 months go and gained 58 pounds lbs. Coming from a smaller much tighter frame it affected me2, Im learning 2 adjust. There’s good and bad days. My post is ( unsatissfied) renee. My updated post should be up in a few days.

  5. Kat Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    i hope at a year i look as amazing as you do! I have those exact same marks all over my body too!

  6. mrspetunia Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    You are so gorgeous. There is such beauty emanating from your photo. I am glad that you are able to make some peace with the way your body has changed and realize that you are a real woman, strong, sexy and gorgeous!

  7. Megan Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Girl you look GOOD :) I gained a lot of weight with my pregnancy too, about 75 lbs. I was tiny when I got pregnant, and I have some pretty big stretch marks.

    You look like you are so confident and happy, it just oozes from your face in this picture.

    Girls with stretch marks are still beautiful!!

    I love your post because you talk about how freeing it is to finally accept yourself and love your marks of mommyhood. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

  8. Ashley Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Ditto what Jenny W said!

  9. L Says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Wow you look really beautiful!! Your body is in great shape for two boys .. congrats on your babies I was the same pregers with my son at 18 pregers with my daughter at 20 im also 23. I’ve lost the weight and I’ve accepted the marks but im trying to tone the pouch.. any advice your stomach looks awesome! !

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