I got pregnant with twins on my honeymoon. I never had to go on bed rest and I worked up until the day before I had them. I had high blood pressure all through the pregnancy but dangerously so towards the end, so I had a c-section at 36 weeks. If I had had normal blood pressure I’m sure I could have carried them to term, although I don’t know if I would have wanted to: My son was born 8 lbs 10 oz and my daughter at 6 lbs 9 oz.
Before I had the kids I felt okay about the way my body looked; I could have stood to lose 5 or so pounds but I was relatively fit at about 145/5’8″. At my heaviest, I was probably around 240, I forget now, but being pregnant and weighing a lot didn’t bother me. I think it was the first time in a long, long time that I didn’t feel guilty about eating.
Motherhood was a HUGE change for me and I ate a lot of consolation icecream those first months with the kids. I packed back on a lot of weight, which I never really got rid of. Now, three years later, I’m still a size larger than I used to be, flabbier and with a bigger bra size. If I could change anything about my appearance it would be my breasts. I loved my pre-pregnancy 36 B breasts. Now I’m a sagging 38-C, down from a 38DD a year ago. I always said I would never get plastic surgery, but that was before kids. I’m seriously thinking of a breast reduction (no implants) but I don’t know if that will ever happen. My minimal stretch marks on my hips and thighs don’t bother me, the stomach could be firmer, yes. I’m getting back in shape after all this time, with jogging and a healthy diet and I hope to be where I’d like to in another couple months.
My children were born healthy, and after 2-days in the NICU and a too-long, five-day stay for all of us in the hospital, we went home and had a LOT of help for the first two months. It’s hard work being a mom, but I don’t think there’s anything better.
Megan in CA
Two months pregnant at our wedding. I had four pounds of foundation underware on. We were waiting to tell people until the 3 month mark.