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Overcoming (Brittany)

March 9, 2010

Age: 20
Number of births and pregnancies: 1 birth and pregnancy
4 months postpartum

My name is Brittany. I am a proud mother to a 4 month old little girl and wife to a wonderful and patient husband. I have been struggling to accept the way my new body looks since I was pregnant. I was a slim 135 pounds before the pregnancy and an avid runner. However I gained a whopping 70 pounds and have buried myself in a hole of self-pity since delivery (partially to due to postpartum depression as well). I have stretch marks on my breasts, belly, bum and legs. It had gotten so bad at one point that I couldn’t even watch TV without breaking into tears over a sexy woman on a commercial or show. I am really glad I found this website. It is good to know that I am not the only one who has to overcome issues with her postpartum body.

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4 Responses to “Overcoming (Brittany)”

  1. shannon Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I know what it is like to live in that self pitty, and hate all of the women on TV (thinking, my husband probably wishes I still looked like that!)…I too had my first child at 20 and my second at 23. You look truly amazing, and only 4 months pp! You have such a flat tummy, narrow waist, toned legs and a little bum! I love the pic of you and your baby girl! I rub my stretch marks when I am hating my belly, and I think of my two baby boys growing in there!!!

  2. KW Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I know that it’s hard to look in a mirror and see some wrinkles or anything that looks “irregular”, but here are 2 points that helped me: One, you are slim and I’m sure can find some AWESOME outfits that hide it very well. Once you help to develop confidence in public, you can self-encourage yourself to feel it at home and while naked.

    Also, remember that human tissue is made up of cells, arranged all in clumps to keep your body alive. After your abdominal tissue is stretched so much, it makes sense that it’s slightly rearranged! You produced a new life, survived the birth, and are healthy and are doing the most important thing of all: providing a great environment for your little one. Some cells got pushed around, but just keep things in perspective! You look great :)

  3. Sarah Says:
    March 10th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    My first thought was, “Wow! You look amazing!!!” Four months postpartum and your belly is SO FLAT!!! You’re wearing low riders and everything! Amazing! I’m so jealous! You’re gorgeous. I hope you will soon see what we all see! :D And as far as you only –ONLY!!!!!!!!!– being 4 months postpartum, I cannot TELL you how much time really does make a difference. Four months is NOTHING. Wait a year and everything will be so much firmer and stretch marks will be white–and looking at you NOW, I’m not sure how much MORE amazing you can look (You’re a ten), but you WILL. Trust me.

  4. Melissa Says:
    March 10th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I weighed 140 when I got pregnant with my daughter and when I had her I weighed 190. I have only lost 30 of that. I really hate the way my body looks but my husband tells me everyday that Im beautiful.. I believe him but until I am skinny like I was when I first met him, I won’t be comfortable in my own skin.

    I definetly know what you are going through. My baby is 4 months as well. I know it going to be a while before I am ever back to 120 but all I can do is try to be confident around my hubby and daughter. Its hard but its getting easier every day.

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