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On My Way (Ashley)

March 18, 2011

Will I ever be 100% comfortable with my body? When I was a child I had nicknames like stick. As I got older my woman body started to develop. I got breast and a nice, round bum. I was always so self-conscious about it. It became what I was known for, my bum and I hated it. I became pregnant with my son when I was 22 years old. I never felt so beautiful in my ENTIRE life. I loved the way I looked, the shiny hair, the beautiful bump and I was one of the lucky ones who never really got stretch marks until near the end of my pregnancy. I loved being pregnant but I couldn’t wait to meet my little boy. He was born on October 8th 2010. Giving birth was one of the most amazing accomplishments I have ever done in my entire life. Now being almost 5 months post-partum my body image and outlook took a complete nose-dive. I am working on trying to have a positive body image but as you all probably know, it isn’t easy. I swear to you EVERY part of my body got bigger after giving birth. My shoes, jeans, shirts, underwear, bras all don’t fit anymore. I would do almost anything to get back that body I was so self-conscious about before. I have a saggy belly and breasts and the cellulite on my bum and thighs is horrific. I am 20lbs heavier than I was before I got pregnant. I am lucky to have a partner who stills tells me how beautiful I am, even if I don’t feel like it and hopefully one day, I will believe him again. I am a VENUS! ?

Age:23
#of pregnancies – 1
#of births – 1
4.5 months post-partum

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5 Responses to “On My Way (Ashley)”

  1. amber Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    your beautiful. i love your prego picture. with some exercise, toning up wont be hard and you will have beautiful womanly curves.. you have the shape of a mother now. Embrace it, as i am learning to do as well. We all have our insecurities, we need to banish the thought that we are not beautiful when we have given birth, a miracle of a new life… we are strong women and must embrace our body for its accomplishments.

  2. Jean Says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    No worries! It takes time. I was so discouraged 4 months on but I had no idea how different I would look in a year or two. Not everyone springs back to their original shape (I sure didn’t), but I did look much, much different from 4 months to 2 years PP. Some of us just take longer than others. :)

  3. mrspetunia Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I think you look great! My husband was looking over my shoulder and he thinks your bum still looks fabulous!

  4. Ashley Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks ladies, I just want to say that since I took these pics, 2 months ago, I have lost 10 lbs :) 10 more to go!!! :)

  5. Nicholle Says:
    April 2nd, 2011 at 6:01 am

    sister i feel your struggle im 21 ans currently have a baby boy who is 3months and 2weeks prepregnancy i weighed 136!!! im 5ft6 and to me i loked great big boobs big hips small tush i was happy after birth i was 172 then 2weeks later 168 a month later though i began eating like a mad woman and was 189!!!! 2weeks ago i purchased slim in 6 and started doing some workout im now 183.4 and trying my hardest to be at least 145 by july im soo depressed at times i used to be a size 5/6 now im a 15!!!! and witha muffin top i cry alot and my husband says its ok that im gorgeous but honey nothing helps when ur friends r stick figures and your stuck counting calories but!!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE and we are all on our way im 45″ in the waist and I hate my love handles but i look at my son and cry because I woudnt change a thing he makes me proud to show my battle scars

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