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Lost and Found Pregnancy, 7 Weeks Postpartum (Charity)

November 29, 2008

Meant To Be: My Pregnancy Story

I’m a 22 year old single mom and I can’t tell you how excited I am! This baby was DEFINITELY unexpected. I knew I was pregnant from day 1, but didn’t find out for sure until the end of January. My boyfriend and I were on a technical ‘break’ at the time, and after I contacted him, we decided that keeping this baby wouldn’t be a good idea. The day of my appointment to end it, I started spotting. I spotted and cramped for 3 days, finally passing a large clot on Valentines Day. A week later I saw my ob/gyn and he felt me up and said that my uterus was small, my cervix closed, and yes, I had probaby passed it.

I was sad, but also sort of relieved that I wouldn’t have to be the one responsible for ending it. I went on birth control and an antidepressant. Two weeks later, my blood pregnancy test came back positive, but my doctor assured me it was probably still reading positive because my hormones were still high when they took my blood.

28 days after beginning my birth control, I didn’t get a period. I waited a week for it… nothing. It took some balls but I finally got a pregnancy test…. positive. I took another one. Positive. I called my doctor, who still stubbornly insisted I had probably had an ‘incomplete miscarriage’. So I scheduled an ultrasound.

I’ll never forget the moment they put the scanner thing on my tummy. Instead of bits and pieces of an incomplete miscarriage… there was a teeny tiny miniature person in there, waving at me frantically. I screamed and started crying. The doctor said I was measuring 13 weeks and 3 days pregnant.

I had the world’s best labor/delivery. I was induced at 39 weeks because of the size of my baby and because his daddy was going out of town the next day. I was in labor for about 7 1/2 hours and pushed through 5 contractions for 12 minutes. Thank god for modern medicine, because I had the epidural and because the baby came so fast, I tore pretty badly.

My boyfriend and I remained close friends through my pregnancy, and once we went through labor together, it pretty much went without saying that we were back together.

I’m 6ft tall (i was a teenage runway model who quit because I was sick of the eating disorders I had to resort to in order to stay under 120lbs) and though I lost 30lbs in the first 4 weeks pp, I am now 7 weeks pp and stuck at 170. My goal is 145 by 6 months pp.

I’m walking 1.5 miles a day and just started doing a 20 minute Pilate dvd, which I’m trying to do on a daily basis as well. I’m a nursing mother, so I can’t cut back on calories too much, but I find just by tracking what I eat, I am eating much less than I was before.

I love being a mommy, and I am proud of my stretch marks. Once I lose this baby weight I’ll be as proud of my body as I was when I was a teenager… except now I’ll be healthy.









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12 Responses to “Lost and Found Pregnancy, 7 Weeks Postpartum (Charity)”

  1. Lucy Says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    You are so gorgeous. What a great story. I love the picture of all three women, I assume are your mother and sister.

  2. MilkMama Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Wow. You are so incredibly beautiful. I hope you know that. Don’t stress about losing weight by the end of 6 months, though. I am still losing weight 2 years later. I am also nursing (extended nursing) the last five pounds dropped off about six months ago when my DD began to wean down to once or twice a day and therefore my caloric intake was lowered (I just wasn’t as hungry…) My point is that you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself. You already look so incredible!!! Congrats! Your baby boy is so beautiful!

  3. Ramona Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    You and your son and your family look SO cute and happy – I am very glad for you and wish you the best! Greetings from Germany.

  4. Berni Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 4:00 am

    That is an amazing story.You look AMAZING for 7 weeks pp – I’m sure your easily be backk in shape by 6 month pp.You and your child are so beautiful.

  5. rose Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    you are so goreous! congratulations, you look amazing! i dont see one stretch mark!

  6. Autumn Says:
    November 30th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    This is a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  7. mother2faith Says:
    December 1st, 2008 at 11:13 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL miracle!

  8. Kerry Says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 1:31 am

    You are so beautiful and so is your little baby! Everything happens for a reason and what a beautiful family you have! And you look great too! I wish I looked that amazing! Keep up the great work!

  9. Charity Says:
    December 6th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    @ rose: i have a TON of stretch marks, but my crappy phone didn’t pick them up…

    @ everyone else: thank you so much for your support. Since submitting my photos and story several weeks ago, I have lost 10lbs on a modified version of the Atkins diet. I am still struggling to let go of sugar, but with exercise and Atkins, the weight is falling off pretty quickly. I am still breastfeeding and plan to for as long as possible. thank you all!

  10. Jen Says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    you’re so pretty and so is your baby! congrats!

  11. Sandra Says:
    December 18th, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Oh my gosh! I wish I looked as beautiful as you during my pregnancy and first weeks after having bubs. You’re beautiful!

  12. Tiphanie Says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    what beautiful women!! and soooo obvious your little one is meant for something big after surviving so much! congrats and good luck :)

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