Number of pregnancies/births: 5/2 (both c-sections)
Children aged 5 years and 14 months
I’m 36 years old and fascinated by your website! What a great idea to show realistic photos of women who have given birth.
Here’s my story:
My first child was born in 2008. It was my first pregnancy and, being overweight, I started with187lb (I’m only 5,2ft).
At the end I weighed 209 lb and I had a c-section which wasn’t planned at all and which left me very unhappy for a long time.
To my surprise all the weight I had put on was gone after 4 weeks (a lot of water) and also my stretchmarks didn’t look so bad. However, my belly looked worse than before the pregnancy and even then I hadn’t liked it.
In the following I lost and gained weight as so often in my life.
And we wanted to have another child, but unfortunately I had 3 miscarriages, all in the first trimester.
My 5th pregnancy was successful again! I started and ended with the same weight as in my first pregnancy and again it was a c-section after endless hours of labour.
Breastfeeding worked a lot better than with child #1, but after 2 months I didn’t have enough milk anymore and had to stop.
My weight went from 209 lb down to 194 lb in the weeks after birth but then it stopped and I felt very uncomfortable.
So I decided to change my lifestyle and within a year I lost another 62 lb. I feel so much better and with 133 lb I’m as thin as I had been about 10 years ago.
With clothes on I find my shape pretty ok now , but things look different when I’m naked. My belly has never been nice and flat, but now it’s wrinkly and saggy (in the pictures it looks better than in reality). Also my breasts don’t look like they used to, but still I find them quite nice. Other than my belly which somehow feels as if it doesn’t belong to me as it really wobbles around. For the extra skin I think this won’t become any better or nicer. I was even thinking about surgery, but when I found this website I saw that many women have a belly like mine and that it’s nothing uncommon for a woman who was pregnant.