I had my first child 6 years ago next week, the pregnancy, labour and baby days were all text book and perfect, I felt like the luckiest woman alive. Before getting pregnant I was a fairly standard UK size 12 – 14, larger hips than bust but a reasonably flat stomach and shapely waist. When pregnant I was HUGE. From around 6 months people would ask me how many days I had left. I didn’t put much weight on anywhere other than my stomach, it looked as though I’d shoved a beachball up my top! I wish I had a digitial pic of that but I don’t. Brooke was born on August 10th 2000, 2 weeks early, and weighed in at 7 pounds 11.
After this, my body never quite recovered. I didn’t think too much about it but I hated my stretchmarks with a passion and although I longed for my flat stomach back I didn’t really do much about it. Over the next couple of years I got back to pretty much my pre pregnancy dress size and weight although I never got rid of my stomach. My stretchmarks gradually faded with time and it was only when I was pregnant with my 2nd child 3.5 years later that they came back with a vengeance. Suddenly they looked red and angry again and I remembered how much I disliked them.
The 2nd pregnancy and labour were as perfect as the first except this time around I got bigger much much quicker. By 5 months I looked as though I was about to drop at any time and this is how I looked at 35 weeks, yes I got bigger than that. I was gigantic!
Cameron was born on his due date, 11th august 2004, and the 2nd time around I knew that if I was going to stand any chance of losing the weight and the stomach that I would have to make an effort. Typically I didn’t make any kind of effort, no gym or diet and 2 years later this is how my stomach looks.
Its not great but it doesn’t look as bad here as I think it does. I’m shocked at how much my stretchmarks have faded and although in my head they are still ugly great angry marks they really don’t look that bad here. The side view is a little worse, I really need to lose that pot belly but that is all down to being a little lazy and just not bothered enough about it to do anything.
I have loved reading the stories of everyone here and seeing everyone’s photos. In my experience other women can be so mean about the way they expect you to look, men are a lot more accepting of a changed figure after childbirth. I think its brilliant to read the support and kindness here shown from women to other women, makes me feel all warm in side.