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I Feel Like a Woman! (Dessy)

March 2, 2012

Hi! Thank all you beautiful mommies for helping me feel so much better about my body!

I am 23, and 18 weeks into my first pregnancy. The body changes have been hard for me to accept. I suffered from an eating disorder in my teens, so much so that I didn’t start having my period until I was 17! I went through a time of eating an average of 3 meals per week. I am 5’7″, and I didn’t get above 105lbs until age 19. Now, at 23, I was finally a healthy weight of 125lbs (or about, I threw away my scale over a year ago and decided to focus on overall health instead.) and I always felt I was fat. I started gaining weight rapidly with this pregnancy.

I am one of those lucky women who hardly had any morning sickness, so I packed it on. By the end of my first trimester I was up 15 lbs, and felt terrible about it! Everyone was telling me I was gaining too much, or commenting that I was showing way too soon. And now I’m up to 147 already! On top of this, my Husband is in Afghanistan (got pregnant on leave lol) and I am buying house by myself. Finally, i desperation and after much crying, I googled ‘How to feel beautiful pregnant’ and that is how I ended up here. After reading stories and seeing pictures, I started to feel much better about my body. I still have ‘off days’, but for the most part I am learning to love the extra curves pregnancy is giving me. Now I finally feel like a woman, whole and complete. I have never been this comfortable with my body! I am rockin’ these curves! ;)

With as much as I’ve gained already, I am fairly sure that I will never reach 125lbs again, but I have decided to set my postpartum goal at 140lbs, which for my height of 5’7″ should be very healthy. Through reading your inspiring stories, I even found the confidence to send my husband some sexy pictures of my rounder body… which he said he loves much more than the “skinny stick figure” he married lol!

These pictures are of me before becoming pregnant, at 125lbs, when I desperately wanted to lose weight

And me now at 18 weeks pregnant.

I can’t wait to come back and share my stretch marks and post-baby shape.

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6 Responses to “I Feel Like a Woman! (Dessy)”

  1. shannon Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 8:06 am

    You have a beautiful pregnant belly. Like you said, 140 is a great goal weight for you…and you are pregnant and only 7 pounds above that. You have not gained too much in the least bit! You are beautiful.

  2. Kim Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’m glad you’re starting to love yourself!!!! You look beautiful. It’s a bit of a journey after baby is born – your belly will be all swollen for quite a while – but make sure you give yourself time!

    I pray that your husband stays safe, and good luck finding that perfect home!

  3. Ashley Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Well you do look much farther along than 18weeks, but that’s probably because the rest of you is so tiny! I think 140 will look fine on you!

  4. Bella Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Beauty comes from confidence, you are beautiful!

  5. L Says:
    March 10th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Your doing great and your body needed to gain some so because you were very skinny at 125. I think you do look like a woman in your pregnancy pic. 140 is good and you are nearly half way and just 7pounds over. You’ll be fine good job mama! I feel like throwing my scale away too. Its kind of a hindering thing. Im at a healthy weight but weight seems to stumble women in general. I don’t want to pass this onto my daughter. Will be praying for your husbands safe return:-)

  6. Louellen Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    You are just a couple weeks ahead of me :) I’ve only gained 5 pounds but i keep thinking…Will I EVER show?! haha. I just started showing this week. You look fantastic :D Keep taking vanity pictures during pregnancy!

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