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My other side of pregnancy (Anonymous)

March 16, 2009

5 weeks post birth. Stretch mark and c-section scar city. As a self portrait artist i really wanted to take a picture of my belly, not only for closure but also to point out some of the unrealistic views women have on what their bodies will be like after having a baby. I know – I was one of them. I’m not sad exactly that my body looks the way it does now – more that i didnt appreciate what it was like before my pregnancy.

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17 Responses to “My other side of pregnancy (Anonymous)”

  1. Jennifer Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I agree!!! I wish I took more advantage of my body before baby!!!

    *your bra is TOOO cute*

  2. Amy Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    What a beautiful portrait! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. Healthnut Mama Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    What a beautiful and realistic portrayal of a postpartum belly.

  4. S Claire Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I think you look and sound beautiful! I feel exactly the same way in terms of regretting all the time I wasted not liking my pre baby body. I look back now and wish I had rocked a bikini proudly not covering up my flat, mark free tummy. I have two beautiful babies and I couldn’t be happier – however my stomach is full of stretchmarks, c-section scars, saggy baggy twin-skin. I love your photo – you are obviously talented too

  5. Jaclyn Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 2:38 pm


  6. Angele Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Beautiful pic!! This should be up on the SOAM banner as well!! Thank you!

  7. Mary Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    This photo is beautiful. I love how you say you wish you had appreciated your body before baby. I feel the same way. I am fascinated by my body now, after two children but sometimes wish I could go back just for a day to see that pre-baby body.

  8. Kristen Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    That is a BEAUTIFUL picture!

  9. mamaof four Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 10:12 pm


  10. Shi Says:
    March 16th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this picture!! The confidence displayed makes you look extreamly sexy, stretch marks and all, what a beautiful picture of womanhood.

  11. Jessica F. Says:
    March 17th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    What a touching photo. Thank you so much for your courage and sharing. Gorgeous.

  12. Sarah Says:
    March 21st, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    That is such a gorgeous photograph!!!

  13. Kim Says:
    March 23rd, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I too have a road map of stretchmarks along with a c section scar, I admire your pride you’re great!

  14. Catherine S Says:
    March 24th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    That photo looks so peaceful! Your stretchies look so cool and your bra is so sexy.

  15. Taina Says:
    March 26th, 2009 at 2:10 pm


  16. Shannon Says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for doing that…

  17. Amber Says:
    May 26th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for that picture, I struggle with my body image every day and my child is now 11. This picture was so beautiful, it let me know that I too am beautiful after children


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