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Lorien

April 3, 2007

Five days after I gave birth I weighed less than when I conceived. Now, over two years later, I weigh almost as much as I did right before I gave birth. I eat a really healthy organic, whole foods diet and exercise regularly but can’t shake the weight. It’s so depresssing for me, especially since the pants I am wearing in this pic (not maternity) are now tight on me. The last two months of my pregnancy the fat on my hips and thighs just melted off, it was amazing. Now it’s back, more of it than ever. I know I am not obese, I just want to fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I was not skinny, just average, and I want to get that back… I do have an amazing daughter and I wouldn’t trade that for anything, but I would like to feel happier about the way my body looks. I did manage to make it all the way through without stretch marks, though, and I was HUGE. I am 5’1″ and am very short-waisted so my baby could only go OUT and out she went. The last two months of my pregnancy people’s eyes popped out when they saw me, I was even bumped up to first class flying home from a trip. The nude pic was taken when I was about 7 months pregnant, I am and will probably always be sad about how few pics were taken of me during my pregnancy, and I’m not planning to have any more babies. But I was visiting my mom and she asked if she could take some. I’m so glad she did. I wish there were more of the end, though, it is truly amazing to me how big I got!

One thing about my body that’s better than before is my nipples, they were always inverted and I was worried about breastfeeding. I was jealous of the other women in my family, mine just didn’t look right to me. But a month or two into my pregnancy they popped out and have stayed that way. I love it!






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9 Responses to “Lorien”

  1. tanya Says:
    April 3rd, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I personally think that you had the perfect pregnancy body. You look beautiful. Pregnancy truly fits you. By the way, your little girl looks like a cute pixie with those pigtails.

  2. Elaine Says:
    April 3rd, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Oh, you looked beautiful as a fully pregnant woman! You still look beautiful, me thinks! And your daughter? Well, I think you know how I feel about her.

  3. Jenny Says:
    April 5th, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    So beautiful Lorien. Thank you for sharing them.

  4. Raine Says:
    May 18th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    “I am 5’1″ and am very short-waisted so my baby could only go OUT and out she went. The last two months of my pregnancy people’s eyes popped out when they saw me…”

    HOLY COW! That is pretty much my story too! I am 5’2″, and I only gained 30 lbs. in my pregnancy, but I was ALLLLLLLL tummy. In the last 2 months of pregnancy, several people each day asked me if I was having twins. I was so depressed. I ended up having an 8 lb., 9 oz. baby girl, so that explained my ginormous tummy. I lost most of my baby weight, but am still struggling with the last 10 lbs. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad to know I’m not alone! You are SO beautiful and your daughter is gorgeous!

  5. Tiffany Says:
    May 30th, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Wow…your daughter is absolutely gorgeous and you carried her very well! I had a doc’s appt today and found out my baby is close to 8lbs. Although I am 5’5..I have only gained about 36lbs..(150lbs now)..the doctor is concerned she won’t fit. This gave me a little hope..8lb babies aren’t something to be scared of after all..women do it everyday..thanks for posting.

  6. bonnie Says:
    May 30th, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Tiffany, I’d recommend you do a ton of research on that. You’ll find that ultrasounds are often up to 2 pounds off! You will also learn that squatting opens your pelvis up a TON so pushing out a large baby is easier. Some positions (flat on your back especially) aren’t good for birthing. Your baby will fit just fine. Hugs!

  7. Erienne Says:
    June 22nd, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    wow you sound just like me! I was 130lbs and now 2 years later I weight the same as I did the day I delivered! I dont know why I cant loose it either. Good luck to you!

  8. Anonymous Says:
    December 3rd, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    I have an inverted nipple as well. I just found out I am pregnant and am extremely worried about breastfeeding! Any advice? Thanks!

  9. Steph Says:
    July 28th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I love your outie belly button! With both of my pregnancies, I was so eager for mine to pop out, but it never did. Phooey.

    I also had inverted nipples. My first baby had a weak suck and, due to a lack of knowledge on my part and trying-to-be-helpful nurses, never was able to nurse well. But my second was stubbornly voracious! It took a while of nursing (and was painful!) but they have popped out nicely! To the anonymous who is worried about breastfeeding with inverted nipples: It is possible! Make sure that your baby never has anything put in his/her mouth except YOU – no nipple shields, no pacifiers, no bottles. Most babies will be able to nurse quite well on inverted nipples if that is all they know.

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