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Me, too… (Anonymous)

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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  • jenifer Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 1:21 am

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

  • Leo Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 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)

  • sunshowers Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 9:38 am

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

  • Milk Mama Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 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!

  • Carissa Thursday, July 10, 2008, 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!

  • Jaclyn Friday, July 11, 2008, 2:15 am

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

  • jenna Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 5:17 pm

    absolutely beautiful! Be very proud of yourself!

  • Rach Friday, July 18, 2008, 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

  • Stephen Monday, December 15, 2008, 7:13 pm

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

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