I used to love me body, I loved it pre-pregnancy and throughout the entire nine months I was pregnant I felt beautiful. I have never felt more sexy than I did while I was pregnant. (Blame it on the hormones, I guess) Because I was only in my mid-twenties when I delivered (via c-section) I thought I would get my pre-baby body back fairly quickly. I tried everything I possibly could in terms of diet and exercise, but my post-baby body remains a size 12 and 30 pounds heavier even though my daughter is a year and a half old now. (I used to be a size 6. For me going into double digit clothing sizes postpartum was the absolute hardest thing. I cried many times over those numbers!)
My right breast is almost a full cup size larger than the left now and they are so large and saggy that I think my whole extra 30 pounds might just be in my chest! (To me this is not a good thing) They also have stretch marks and my nipples are HUGE now. Before I got pregnant my breasts and stomach were my favorite features about my body, now they are the ones I am most self-conscious about.
I am hoping that by posting this I will be able to see my body the way that my husband sees it, as the beautiful vessel that carried our daughter and is still as sexy as it ever was, stretch marks, extra skin in the middle, c-section scar, un-even breasts and all.
Pregnancies and Births: 1
16 months post-partum