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Me, too… (Anonymous)

July 8, 2008

Hello everyone, I am 26 years old with a 4 month old daughter and a 24 month old son. I became pregnant with my son at age 23. At that time I had a nice tight stomach and weighed 125 lbs. None of the women in my family (on either side!) had gotten any stretch marks with their pregnancies, so I wasn’t really worried about developing any myself. Everyone told me “you’re young, your body will bounce right back!” Ha-ha. I gained 65 lbs and developed stretch marks on my legs, hips, stomach, and breasts. I was very unhappy with my body after I gave birth to my son, especially with the stretch marks. I lost 55 of the 65 lbs, but I still looked much different than before I got pregnant. I gained 35 lbs with my last pregnancy and gave birth to a beautiful little girl. This time instead of focusing on getting skinny and looking perfect, I am focusing on being strong and healthy, exercise rather than weight-loss. Even though I would still consider myself to be far from perfect looking (hello ginormous areolas!!) I am proud that my body created two beautiful angels. I also think a lot about some of the stories I have read on this website from women who have lost their children or who have sick children. I know that there are many women out there who would gladly exchange a few stretch marks, some saggy skin, and a few extra pounds, for a healthy child. Remembering this fact helps me let go of what I don’t like about my body and just be thankful for what I have. And all of you beautiful ladies that have posted on this website give me so much strength – thank you all!!

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9 Responses to “Me, too… (Anonymous)”

  1. jenifer Says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Love the bath tub pic. You are looking wonderful!!

  2. Leo Says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Hi!.. u should go to a naturist camp.. You’ll see every type of bodies!!.. betters and worses than yours.. A body is a body, simple like that!.. The important is whats inside every person. Kisses, Leo (from Argentina)

  3. sunshowers Says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    You look like such a happy family!! Thanks for sharing your story and pics!

  4. Milk Mama Says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Oh you look gorgeous!!! Oh I loved reading your post. I laughed at your ginormous areolas comment and smiled at the end because you are absolutely right!!!
    That first photo of you and your children is so wonderful. I love your expression of joy on your face!

  5. Carissa Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Wow, you have an amazing shape.
    I see many naked people at my art school because we have naked models. We always want people with very defined curves, but are skinny, too. You are beautiful!

  6. Jaclyn Says:
    July 11th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Love the pictures!!!!! You look amazing!!!

  7. jenna Says:
    July 15th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    absolutely beautiful! Be very proud of yourself!

  8. Rach Says:
    July 18th, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I am 22 and have just had a son….i got stretchmarks too like u and everyone said i would ‘bounce back’ ive lost alot of the weight now but i have huge areolas lool and im a bit conscious of my stretchmarks…u look great and u seem really happy…thanks for sharin,u gave me alot more worth about myself.
    Good luck with your beautiful family!x

  9. Stephen Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    You’re absolutely beautiful with your children! (And some of us think large areolas are beautiful, too!)


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