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One Day at a Time (Lu Ella)

The hardest part of dealing with my postpartum body? For me is the bipolar-ness of it all. I gained 52 pounds while pregnant with my daughter, and about half the time I am comparing the body I have now to the one I most recently inhabited: one that was 9 months pregnant. During this half of the time I feel fantastic! Thin, and beautiful, and sexy, and limber, etc. etc. The other 50% of the time I am comparing the body I have now to the one I had most of my life: a professional modern dancer who was always fit, shapely, and pretty damn skinny. This half of the time I feel fat, and flabby, and stretch marked, and out of shape, and stiff, and old, and about as un-sexy as you can get. I yo-yo back and forth between these states of mind multiple times each day. I’m only 3 months pp now, and trying my best to take life, and my new body, one day at time. Mostly, I try to concentrate on my beautiful baby…

~Your Age: 25
~Number of pregnancies and births: 1 pregnancy, 1 birth
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 3 months

First photo: right after my positive pregnancy test
Second Photo: 39 weeks pregnant
Third photo: my beautiful daughter (3 days old)
Fourth photo: 3 months postpartum.
Fifth photo: 3 months postpartum.

in Before Pregnancy, Belly, Breasts, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions

9 comments… add one

  • Shannon Thursday, December 9, 2010, 11:41 am

    You look great…you had a lovely pregnant belly, and your daughter is beautiful :)

  • evoo Thursday, December 9, 2010, 1:27 pm

    we look so similar!! except i got a boy out of the whole deal and you got your little lady. we’re both lucky;)

  • Amanda Thursday, December 9, 2010, 1:46 pm

    You look amazing. Your baby is beautiful and so are you.

  • Sarah P. Thursday, December 9, 2010, 4:07 pm

    Holy cannoli! You look unbelievable! There’s no way you’re three weeks postpartum! Congrats! And you have a gorgeous daughter, too! :D Two gorgeous ladies.

  • Tiphanie Thursday, December 9, 2010, 9:13 pm

    you do look lovely,,, but it is also very hard to get used to the new softness and curviness of your post body . but ,for real,,, give it time, you’re bouncing back wonderfully!

  • Sheila Friday, December 10, 2010, 6:31 am

    I found my new softness disturbing too. You look amazing though… And you’re only 3 months pp too! Your body will transform a lot more over the rest of the year. You have lovely skin and it will firm up more over time… Mine took at least 6-9 months before I started feeling more comfortable with it. You look hot mama! So slim… I’m jealous :)

  • Lindsay Friday, January 7, 2011, 7:24 am

    Hi ! You look fantastic no worries at all ! I know that the positive comments wont likely change your perspective but I look like this and my son is five now !!! You are looking fantastic already, just plan a work out routine around your childcare and be more comfortable in your new skin :)

  • Justin Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 9:16 am

    You look great! Your body was eventually going to change, whether you had kids or not. Atleast this way you have your daughter to enjoy!

  • Brad Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 3:58 am

    you look absolutely amazing, and you have an incredible body… with the added bonus of a daughter who loves you.

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