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My Dear Belly (M.B.)

My name is M.B., I am 30 years old and live in germany. I’ve got one daughter. She is nine years old now and in all those years I never found a way to accept the shape of my belly. I am doing a lot of sports, which makes me skinner and more strength through the years, but nothing ever changed this skin looking they way it does. Whenever I stretch myself in a yoga-class, so that my belly gets to be seen, I feel ashamed and lose my grip. I totally loose my breathing and get out of training. Or in summertimes, when my daughter, my boyfriend and me go swimming I always think, that everybody is just starring at my shink. I often felt uncomfortable for my body and always felt like having the responsibility to work on that. So thank you for this wonderful idea, which I totally support. Let’s not feel bad about our humanity. Respect my belly! It carried a human.


in 5+ Years Postpartum, Belly, First Pregnancy, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Submissions

9 comments… add one

  • Christina Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:13 am

    Deep breathes. You are beautiful.

  • Adriana Friday, October 19, 2012, 11:51 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with you, it’s a perfectly normal belly. I haven’t had kids and mine looks that way

  • ArchAngel Saturday, October 20, 2012, 8:37 am

    Das bild ist sehr shoen. Sie sind eine shoene Frau. Ihre Haut ist nicht haesslich. Ich habe haut mit unreinheiten und ich war nie schwanger. Niemand perfekt ist.

  • Amaris Sunday, October 21, 2012, 4:39 pm

    I wanted to post a comment for you in German because I thought it would be a nice gesture but it was moderated and deemed to be offensive or otherwise unfit for publication so I will just continue. I would like to suggest that the moderator use google translate to translate comments that they don’t understand instead of deleting them when they are inspirational and kind. You just deleted a comment that the poster might need to hear because you could not use google for a few seconds.

    My comment to the original poster is this: You are a very beautiful lady and your stomach doesn’t look strange at all. It is beautiful and to tell you the truth I wouldn’t ever guess that you had a child. Nobody is perfect, I have never had a child or been pregnant and my skin has imperfections. We are all human and you are gorgeous never doubt that!

  • Bonnie (SOAM) Monday, October 22, 2012, 9:26 am

    Actually, Amaris, I have it saved to translate, but I’ve been out of town and busy and haven’t gotten the chance. I’m sorry for the delay. I moderate every comment, and I translate the ones in other languages before allowing them through. Yours will be posted when I get the chance (likely in just a few minutes).

  • mara Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 8:55 pm

    Your stomach looks perfectly fine! What I would like to point out is your posture. It appears you have a bit of anterior pelvic tilt (front of pelvis tilted down, butt tilted up) which makes your stomach appear larger than it really is, as it pushes your stomach out.

    There are some simple things you can do to correct it — strengthening your back is one, basic yoga stretches (that feel so good!) are another. I’d include a link, but i’m not certain if it’d get through the spam filter.

    At any rate, you have a lovely body.

  • pearl Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 1:35 pm

    “Respect my belly! It carried a human.” Oh, I love this :) And you do have a nice body!

  • M.B. Thursday, November 15, 2012, 1:01 am

    Thank you all so very much! I understood every single heartwarming word. You’re all so kind.

  • christine Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 1:50 pm

    Du bist sehr schön und dein Bauch ist lieblich!!

    I feel the same as you, am in my early thirties, and I have an almost eight year old son. When I do yoga I can feel my stomach hanging a bit and I feel dreadful. I see some of the younger girls around me with their smooth stomachs the envy makes my skin crawl – BUT – I keep myself in check…I “carried a human”, to use your words. And THAT is more beautiful than any perfectly taut stomach!



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