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Plus Size and Pregnant -Again (Anonymous)

January 27, 2010

I am 24 years old and on my third pregnancy. First pregnancy was a miscarriage at 12 weeks. Second pregnancy resulted in my beautiful Daughter born 2/21/08. I am now 22 months PP with daughter’s pregnancy and I am 20 weeks pregnant with this pregnancy (another girl). I’ve always been overweight, expect for one time in high school! With my first daughter I was a size 13 at 165 lbs at 5’3″. My pregnancy ended with me hitting almost 210. After I had my daughter I lost weight until I got down to 175 lbs but my body carried weight differently now. At 20 weeks I am now 178 lbs, trying to watch my diet and exercise this time around. I am still in my post pregnancy pants size 14-16 but I wear maternity at well when I want to feel extra comfy. I have been very uncomfortable with my body since the birth of my daughter. Between the stretch marks and the extra skin/fat and my new found hips and butt I have been really hard on myself. I want to feel beautiful but it is hard when you don’t feel like you will ever get your body back again. Anyways I know there are so many other woman, big and small, that feel the same as me and I wanted to share my story and pictures to show you that you are not alone. I hope someone finds comfort in my post as I have found comfort in others posts.

~Your Age: 24 (25 this month)
~Number of pregnancies and births: 3 pregnancy, one m/c, on birth, currently pregnant DUE 5/24/10
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: Daughter is 22 months

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11 Responses to “Plus Size and Pregnant -Again (Anonymous)”

  1. Kristen Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    You are a mother after my own heart! lol Our lives are so paralell to one another, that for the first time ever, I’ve felt the need to response to a post on here.

    I am 24, and have three children. My youngest is 12 months, and I carry allllll the extra weight from all 3 pregnancies. I have never been “skinny”, I’ve always been plus size, and right now ,I am wearing a size 18 pants, and XL tops. I HATE feeling so huge, and especially hate when my older boys ask me “mom, your BIG BELLY…” and “mom, are you having another baby”.This is coming from my own children, so I often wonder what others may think… But in due time, I will hopefully, one day love my body and my skin. I have stretch marks allll over my body, and still probably look to be 5 months pregnant! lol

    Don’t worry, you’re beautiful and will one day grow to love yourself! =)

  2. Sarah Says:
    January 27th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    You look so beautiful! Wow! Another baby on the way! I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait for another baby. My heart aches for another sometimes… it probably won’t be a while. Try not to be so hard on yourself, sweetie. Update us soon! Have a happy and healthy 9 months!

  3. Rachel Says:
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    You look great! I honestly thought I was looking at myself when loking at your pictures, my stomach looks exactly the same! Congratulaions!!

  4. Sara Beth Says:
    January 29th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for your vulnerability. I was astonished that women posted pictures like this – because that’s my stomach and it embarrasses me, too. But your story made me a little less embarrassed, and more proud. These bellies make beautiful babies, ladies. God bless you!!

  5. marilyn Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    im on the same boat i weigh 250 after having two kids..i started at 135 till the first apreganacy and from there i never lost a poung..being plus sized is def a hard thing. my biggest chanlenge is wondering if my boyfriend still likes me. over the last year i have grown to like my body and able to run around in pantys and a t shirt but now im prego with twins and scared of he out come!!! and also im in the process of having my tyroid checked which is a key in matabolism and can cause you to run to big if you have a problem then can out you on medicine to control it and help you get to the weight you need to be..its sad but im prayin to have some thing wrong with it. well good luck to all you plus size mommas and hopefully well one day get the credit and attention we deserve..p.s i hate all the critcism bout chubby girls what about the to skinny girls which i see her more latly that in unhealty to!!!

  6. Simone Says:
    February 15th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I just wanted to say thankyou so much for being brave enough to post these photos. I am in tears, because I though i was the only one who looks like that, but now I know I am not alone, and I am not a freak, or abnormal, or disgusting. Thankyou thankyou thankyou. (and have a great pregnancy!)

  7. Jenny Says:
    March 2nd, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I just found this site today and have been reading through some of the stories. I started with Postpartum and decided to check out the Plus Size ones since that is me. I have to say that you look exactly like me…exactly. I could just about copy paste your story, haha. I am 5’4, weighed about 155/160 when I got pregnant with my daughter (was 165, but lost weight after getting married – two virgins on their honeymoon makes for slimming ;) ). I ate to keep my nausea at bay and slept most of every day away…by the end of my pregnancy I was 208. I got pregnant again when my daughter was 4.5 months and just turned 16 weeks today. I HATE my body, but am trying to keep a good attitude and do things better this time. Once this kiddo is here I plan to work hard to get in shape and feel better about myself…but for now, I do what I can. I guess I basically just shared my whole story, but I thought it was pretty cool that we have such similar ones to tell. :) Thank you for posting. It’s so nice to see I’m not the only one that looks JUST like this.

  8. Lily Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I am a 26 year old single mother of 4. My kids ages are 10, 8, 7, & 18 months. I can’t thank you enough for posting these pictures on this website. I thought that I was the only one who looked like this (not a bad thing) & it’s nice to know that I am not alone. I think that we are beautiful mother’s & we should all embrace our beauty stretch marks, x-tra pounds, belly & all!!!!

  9. Jen Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    You and I look just alike. I literally thought I was looking at a pic of my stomach. I have the stretch marks around the middle and the sagging skin at the bottom. I am alittle bit older than you. I gave birth to two large sons. My first was delivered naturally and weighed 10 lbs 2 oz and my second was a c-section 2 weeks early and he was 9 lbs 5 oz. They are now 4 and 2 years old. I am still carrying the “baby weight”. I am 5’2″ tall and weighed 165 before I got pregnant the first time. I am now 210 and trying so hard to get the weight off. It is difficult to eat right, work out, take care of the kids, take care of the house and take care of the husband…where is time left for me?? I am so glad you posted…I wanted to let you know that you are not alone and I am so glad that I am not alone either.
    p.s. I started weightwatchers online 2 and half weeks ago and weighed 204 this morning…slow and steady wins the race!

  10. Jenn Says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I am sure you have long since stopped reading this post, but it hit close to home. Before I had my daughter I was very thin, then during pregnancy and some after I gained 150 pounds and have had more trouble than I ever have before losing the weight and today I found out I am pregnant again, I am excited of course, but also scared that I will never again get my body back and will end up even heavier after this pregnancy. Thank you for sharing your story and you pictures that is how my belly looks now too. Maybe one day i will grow to embrace and love my new self, but right now I have a hard time seeing myself naked.

  11. Christine (the poster) Says:
    June 17th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    AN UPDATE: Hello Ladies. I am glad to see there are so many others like me and I am not alone. I just wanted to update and say that my daughter was born on 5/28/10. I worked hard this pregnancy and I am already back into my pre-pregnancy jeans. I am currently 185 lbs! She will be 3 weeks tomorrow. I will eventually post an update pics after I am at least 6 weeks post partum. I am so glad my post helped some of you! We are all beautiful.

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