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My other side of pregnancy (Anonymous)

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.

in Belly, Cesarean, Postpartum, Submissions

17 comments… add one

  • Jennifer Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:39 am

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

    *your bra is TOOO cute*

  • Amy Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:15 am

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

  • Healthnut Mama Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:22 am

    What a beautiful and realistic portrayal of a postpartum belly.

  • S Claire Monday, March 16, 2009, 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

  • Jaclyn Monday, March 16, 2009, 2:38 pm


  • Angele Monday, March 16, 2009, 2:39 pm

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

  • Mary Monday, March 16, 2009, 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.

  • Kristen Monday, March 16, 2009, 4:59 pm

    That is a BEAUTIFUL picture!

  • mamaof four Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:12 pm


  • Shi Monday, March 16, 2009, 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.

  • Jessica F. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8:24 pm

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

  • Sarah Saturday, March 21, 2009, 5:32 pm

    That is such a gorgeous photograph!!!

  • Kim Monday, March 23, 2009, 8:30 am

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

  • Catherine S Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 10:24 am

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

  • Taina Thursday, March 26, 2009, 2:10 pm


  • Shannon Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 10:53 am

    Thanks for doing that…

  • Amber Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 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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