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Learning to Love It (Anonymous)

September 8, 2010

Age-21
Pregnancies and Births- 1
Months PP- 5 months postpartum

I have ALWAYS wanted to have kids. So when I married my husband, I knew someday they would follow. We figured 4 or 5 years, so I was on birth control. 4 months after we got married, I felt pregnant, took a HPT and all 5 of them read positive (like 1 wouldnt have told me). At first I was so excited, I wanted to have my baby bump right away, alas, I was about 25 weeks before you could tell I was pregnant. I had a great pregnancy, light morning sickness, one small stretch mark on my hip, and I made it a goal to exercise and eat right, gaining 20 lbs, starting at 130 lbs and 150 lbs the day I delivered. But I didnt enjoy my pregnancy like I should have. I was so concerned about gaining too much weight and not being able to lose it later. I went into labor on my due date, labor lasted 11 hours from start to finish with 3 hours of pushing, I had my baby girl vaginally with slight tearing of my labia. I never imagined I could love someone so much, I wouldnt trade her for anything even my prebaby body. But I am having such a hard time accepting my new body. My husband is so supportive, he says he likes this body better. I weigh in at 128 now and fit into prepreg cloths, but my tummy seems jiggly and my boobs stretched overnight when my milk came in so they are bigger and stretchies show on their sides. However I do LoVe breastfeeding! I am trying to get back into exercising and eating right but its so hard to find time with my 5 month old demanding my attention, and I’m always hungry from breastfeeding. I hope to loose some tummy fat and tone up all over before we try for our next in about 2 years (we’ll see if we make it that far on my new birth control) Recently I realized that, hey, my body is amazing! It accepted a pregnancy, carried it to term, delievering a healthy beautiful baby, and recovered while still nurishing that baby. I shouldnt be so hard on it after all. I hate what supermodels have done to us. They are not the norm, and why are their bodies what we ladies want to have? Anyway, this site has done wonders for helping to come to terms, and I want to maybe help another women struggling with her body too. Heres to us mamas! :)

First Pic- 35 weeks pregnant
Second pic- 1 week postpartum
Third pic- Side 5 months pp
Fourth pic- Stretch mark side 5 months pp
Fifth pic- Front View

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7 Responses to “Learning to Love It (Anonymous)”

  1. jen Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    it doesn’t look like you ever had a baby in there, i wish i hadn’t ended up with extra tummy skin. you just look great!! good job keeping your goals!

  2. Lucy Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    i know what you mean by being always hungry, i havent lost any weight since my baby was born but rather gained two pounds lol, good luck with everything, you look amazing

  3. Erin Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    You look fantastic!!! Just wanted to say that my body always drops about 10 lbs when I finish breastfeeding. Seems to like to keep a little extra stashed away to keep the babes going if need be… ;) So keep nourishing that breast feeding bod- it will do what it needs to do, and will do it best.

  4. alyssa Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Love the last picture of you with your daughter, especially with her hand next to yours!
    I didn’t enjoy my pregnancy like I should have either; I, too, regret that terribly. I hope that others who are newly pregnant read this and savor every second of that amazing journey!

  5. Colleen Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    This is probably a really odd comment, but I love that one random stretch mark! It kind of says, “haha, here I am!” Now you just need a matching one on the other side for your next baby :)

    You look great! Except for your non-faded linea negra I’d never guess you’d had a baby. And good job breastfeeding–I did it for 12 1/2 months and loved it!

  6. Mariah Says:
    September 13th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I’m with Colleen on that!! It’s a great little “ha ha!! Look where *I* snuck in!”

    WAY to go with nursing! I’m at 20 months and still going with my little boy! He’s a big fan of the nursing! :) Always great to hear about a long-term nursing pair.

  7. Amanda Says:
    September 18th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Holy crap! You look amazing!!! I’m totally jealous! :)

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