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Mother of two, 4 months PP (Anonymous)

December 14, 2009

~Age: 22
~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 Pregnancies and births
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 3 Year old and 4 month old

At the age of 18, i had just ended a one year relationship and was looking forward to just being young and enjoying myself. Five weeks after saying goodbye to my boyfriend, i found out i was pregnant with his child. He didn’t stick around. Before i got pregnant i was 116 pounds, I always hated my body. I never wore a bikini in public, i always wore a shirt and shorts over top so no-one could see my belly. Looking back at photos now tho, i realise how stupid i was to think i was fat. I went 8 months of pregnancy without getting a single stretch mark. At he start of month 9… they came in everywhere…. Belly, boobs, thighs, bum. I hated them! I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl a month after my 19th birthday. I went straight back into my pre pregnancy clothes. I didn’t have a car, so i walked everywhere i needed to go. Three months after having my daughter i was back to my pre pregnany weight. One year after giving birth, my stretch marks were faded down to silver lines. At one year PP i felt better about my body than i ever had before, and on the days when i did have a ‘bad body image day’ i’d just look at my baby girl,and feel so much better.

When my daughter was 13 months old I met a guy. A month after meeting we started dating. He loved my daughter (and my body.) Only 8 months after getting together, i became pregnant. In those 8 months though, i managed to go from 116 pounds to 132. I wasn’t really bothered with my weight gain. My belly was still relatively flat and i was happy. My second daughter was born in July 2009. I was overdue by 2 weeks with her. I’m now 4 months PP and i have huge purple stretch marks down the sides of my belly, i also have stretch marks on my belly, bum, boobs, and the backs of my knees. It’s not so much the stretch marks that bother me, but more so the extra skin. After my first baby, it tightened right back… this time, it just hangs there. I now (at 4 months PP) weigh 138 pounds. I’m definitly not in love with my body, but i don’t hate it. I’d much prefer my two gorgeous girls to a perfect body any day.

First one is me 42 weeks pregnant with my second child, in hospital about to be induced, second and third is me 9 weeks PP after my second child. I havn’t taken any recent photos… but i also have improved any since 9 weeks PP.

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7 Responses to “Mother of two, 4 months PP (Anonymous)”

  1. brittany Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    omg i wish i would look half as good as you PP!!!

  2. Kerry Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    You look phenomenal for 9 weeks pp (and 4 months as you say you look the same)!! I’m 8 months pp with #1 and look about the same! Don’t be so harsh on yourself, I don’t see any saggy skin, and any “soft” spots are excellent for cuddly babies! You had such a perfect pregnant belly and your stretch marks aren’t bad at all. You’ll get back to your pre pregnancy body in no time running around after two little ones :) You are curvaceous in just the right spots too! Very feminine body!

  3. Valerie Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    You look really good! Plus your only 9 weeks pp and your body has been through a lot and a second pregnancy makes it harder for the skin to go back. Take your time do light workouts at first and then work you way up to harder workouts. Also Vitamin E oil is great for those stretch marks. I know how hard it is to lose your body, but remember those are battle scars and if anyone tells you different, well their either a guy or never had kids!

  4. kimber Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    your skin looks really tight to me. my skin is so saggy my belly button is all warped. and i’m 5 months post. but our babies are worth it, you’re right!

  5. Christie Says:
    December 14th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I think you look really great! Your tummy is pretty damn flat IMO. Your uterus is only returning to normal size after 8wks or more. Congrats on what I consider to be a great body, and congrats on your two daughters :)

  6. TracyKM Says:
    December 15th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    You look pretty great in the photos, for only 9 weeks PP!

  7. Sarah Says:
    December 15th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I think you look beautiful and do your realize you’re ONLY four months PP???!!! Wow! And I’ve heard it’s harder to lose weight with your second, etc. children. You look amazing! Your tummy’s flat and those stretch marks will once again fade. You look a lot like I did at that point and I lost all of the weight and then some in time. Congrats on your baby girls!

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