I want to start off by saying how wonderful your site is. I have truly been empowered by the photos of other mothers on your site. It is wonderful to know that I’m not the only woman who is marked by the scars of pregnancy.
Let me begin with the fact that I have always had issues with my body. At the age of 24, I can safely say that I have never felt completely happy with the way I look. One of my main worries throughout my pregnancy was how much weight I was going to gain and how I would look when it was all over. All in all, I feel more at peace with my body than I have because I know it looks the way it does for a reason. I know that the stretch marks and wrinkled, saggy skin were from housing my beautiful baby boy. He makes it all worth it.
I gained 30-35 lbs during my pregnancy and lost it in a very short time from breastfeeding. (I am still nursing him so I didn’t post any breasts pictures. (Who knows what the damage will be when that’s over with. They are already looking a little droopy!) The fast weight loss and breastfeeding did a number on my body. I am actually smaller than I was pre-pregnancy, but my body is a messed up version of it’s former self :) Anyway, with all that said I am not ashamed of the way that I look. I actually smile at my naked body in the mirror when I get out of the shower. I figure that it could be worse and if I had to do it all over again to have my son here with me, then I would do it in a heartbeat! I will never forget my pregnancy and his wonderful birth 7 short months ago. Any time I get a little bothered by my body, his smile reminds me what’s really important in life.