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My Motherly Shape (Stacie)

September 18, 2007

I am 32 years old and 35 weeks pregnant with our second child. We already have a beautiful 4 year old boy. I have spent most of my life hating how I look. When I was pregnant for the first time with our son I was finally able to understand what it felt like to be sexy and look in the mirror and like what I saw. This pregnancy is no different. I appreciate my body more now that it created life. I still have my days when I wonder how I could get any more disgusting looking. I have absolutely no regrets for what pregnancy and childbirth did to my body. My breasts are not near as perky as they used to be but they nourished my son for the first year of his life and are about to do it again. My waist may be a little thicker and I may have stretch marks but they are the permanent reminder of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. I am a photographer and have always loved taking nudes of pregnant women because it was always so easy to see the woman. I still take photos of pregnant woman but find it even more profound of an experience now that I have had my own. Thank you for your site. I have always found pregnant bodies and bodies that have carried children to be the most beautiful. For everyone woman who has posted on this site, thank you for having the courage to speak up and show what true beauty is.



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10 Responses to “My Motherly Shape (Stacie)”

  1. Heather Says:
    September 18th, 2007 at 11:56 am

    I absolutely LOVE these pictures!!!

  2. Sarah Says:
    September 18th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Wow! Beautiful photos! I’d love to have photos taken like that!!!

  3. Trenton Says:
    September 18th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Yes, very nice. Thank you for sharing.

    Stacie, if you have a site of your work, please share.

  4. Kate Says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 10:05 am

    You’re right, the pregnant body is so beautiful! And you are a fantastic looking pregnant woman, congratulations on your babies :)

  5. studio4moms Says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Great pictures! I especially appreciate your comments in light of a picture I saw of Brittany Spears. Okay, the gal’s got issues, and she is heavier than she used to be, so what? She still looks great. A lot of moms would love for their bodies to be so “un-fit”, extra 20#s and all. What is the uproar about? The ridicule celebs get about their bodies after they have become moms filters down to us. It sends a message to us “real” gals that we will never be good enough. I think this is one way a free society tries to keep women in check. Sexy women are poweful women & we mustn’t have that. Kudos! for fighting back.

  6. mariel Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Where did you get that wrap?! I love it! I’m approaching time for my second pregnancy, and I had no photos done with the first, so I’d love to have the down low to that beautiful wrap!

  7. stacie Says:
    September 22nd, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the kudos from everyone. I apologize for the delay in response. I gave birth on Sept 5 and am still trying to get everything in order. My second son decided to be born in our car on our second trip to the hospital in three hours. They sent me home when I knew I shouldn’t be going home. All I can say is trust your gut. Insist you stay if you feel it is time. I am very disappointed in the hospital care I received. But the EMT’s and fire fighters were amazing.
    Mariel:
    As for the wrap, that was just a cotton scarf I bought from WalMart last summer. I used it as a belt in my jeans when I wasn’t pregnant. It just happened to work out well as a wrap. Just be willing to look at things differently and you can make anything work.

    I have a website but it is under construction and would rather wait a bit and get it up and running smoothly before I send people to it. We have been working on a new gallery.

  8. Daisy Says:
    September 22nd, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats on the new one! You’ll always tell the story of his birth, and he’ll have one that no one can match.

  9. Stacie (too!) Says:
    March 22nd, 2008 at 4:56 am

    I’m 33 and pregnant with my first. I love your positive attitude and, although I have hang ups about what my body will look like after the pregnancy, I hope that I can be another 30 something ‘Stacie’ that winds up having the same great attitude as yours towards your body!

  10. Stacie Says:
    April 24th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I just decided to look back and saw another posting from a stacie that spells her name correctly!
    Congrats on your new little one on the way. You are doing the most amazing thing in the world with your body. Love it for the life it is creating. Thank it for the gift it is giving you. I still have my gross days but I hold my baby and think it was all worth it. My oldest is 5 today and I think my body is why I have him to hold, laugh, tickle, harass and love today.
    good luck

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