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I Like Myself (Rosie)

March 10, 2011

I see a ton of ladies hating on their post-baby bodies, and some very genetically blessed ladies who are rockin’ it.

I’m right here in the middle. I gained some weight, and I lost it. I started my pregnancy around 170 lbs. I struggled with hyperemesis in my first trimester and dropped to 145 lbs. By delivery day I weighed 191 lbs. At six weeks postpartum I’m weighing 167 lbs. I’m hitting the gym. My belly is so textured with stretch marks that it reminds me of a trapper keeper I had in middle school.

I still have some weight to lose, and I don’t know when those stretch marks will fade.

My unmedicated water birth showed me how strong and capable I am.

Breastfeeding and the patience it requires is my new yoga.
I love myself, and I love my body.

And you should too.

You made a baby. That is pretty amazing.

If you’re not happy with your body, please try to remember all that you did. Nourish yourself well. Put your baby in a carrier and dance in the living room or in the stroller and walk until youfeel the burn. Leave baby with a sitter and take a class that sounds fun or take a mommy and me class. Do something active a few times a week.

Don’t make excuses. Take care of your body and love yourself. Flaunt your self esteem. It’s a great example to your children.

~Age: 25
~Number of pregnancies and births: Two pregnancies. One very empowering, unmedicated, water birth.
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: I am a mother of one amazing daughter. I am almost six weeks postpartum.

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9 Responses to “I Like Myself (Rosie)”

  1. amber Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Holy Moly! you were a big beautfiul prego belly!! i love your post and wish i could embrace myself as well. <3

  2. Jenny W Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    You look amazing for 6 weeks PP! And I love your attitude

  3. Sarah P. Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Wow! I love your story! You are definitely strong and capable! You go, girl! I love your nursing photo and you have the perfect pregnant belly! :D You look so beautiful! Congrats and thanks for posting. :)

  4. Rebecka Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love your attitude. It depresses me at 19 weeks pregnant to hear these women hating on their bodies. I think it’s beautiful that you love yourself, and your beautiful daughter so much!

  5. Sara Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I too am in the middle and have recently joined a mum’s and bubs training program. I have never been a lover of my body but could never have loved it more or felt stronger after my non medicated water birth – very empowering.

    Keep up the great work and confidence you are amazing!

  6. Erin Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, you are really inspiring!! I’m 33 weeks pregnant and I constantly worry in the back of my mind how I will handle my body after I give birth to my daughter. Your story gives me hope and I like how you note that keeping active is such a big part of it. It isn’t going to go away on its own! Thank you for an uplifting post and I think you look wonderful. Congrats on the unmedicated birth and successful breast feeding!

  7. shareinglove Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love the pics. Your belly is beautifull. Can I ask what is the significance in the tattoos you have?

  8. Nichole Says:
    March 23rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    You look GREAT!
    And yes, I notice a theme on this site.. usually the girls with the smokin’ hot bodies are all whiney and hating on themselves… then the women with a little extra pudding (um yes I call my belly pudge pudding), they are appreciative and loving their bodies… so interesting.

  9. kelly Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    We are quite similarly shaped! I agree with you- I feel like I’m right in the middle of possible post-baby-body outcomes, but I feel like I look better than many new moms (even those that are smaller than I am), because I’m confident and I OWN my body. I too had hypermesis and lost 15lbs and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Congratulations to you.

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