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Pregnant with my fourth! (Anonymous)

I’m 23, and currently 28 weeks pregnant with my fourth child. I was 18 when I had my first, 19 when I had the second and 21 with the 3rd, they were all good sized babies, the last 2 weighing over 8 1/2 lbs. With my first I gained 30 lbs, the second I gained 50 lbs, but the weight somehow came off right away (back down to my normal 95-100 lbs, I’m 5’3″), leaving stretch marks behind on my stomach, breasts, hips and bum, I gained 60 lbs with the 3rd and it took about a year to get rid of all of the weight, and I was left with even more stretch marks.. it looked as though I had a belly button that was about 3 inches long because of the sagging skin and stretch marks. I breastfed my first child for 15 months, the second for 22 months, and and currently still breastfeeding my 22 month old.. though my breasts look as though they got quite large because of all the stretch marks and sagging, they didn’t! I was a 32 A before kids.. and the biggest (even after gaining 60 lbs!) I’ve ever been was a 36 B.. and that didn’t last for long! I’ve gained somewhere around 30 – 35 lbs this pregnancy and I think I’m still an A cup.. possibly a small B.. I only go for the padded bra’s so in those I’m a B 34-36.. but I find it so hard to find any bra that fits right because of the sagginess. I’m a little nervous about the changes my body will take after this baby… I don’t think it’s possible for my breasts to get much worse than they are (figers crossed anyways!) but my stomach is another story! The pictures dont really do my belly any justice, my fundal height measurments are actually on the large side! I’ve had quite the struggle with accepting my post-baby body… but this site has definately helped me to see that I’m not the only one with stretch marks or a little sagginess.. and even though the mirror isn’t my best friend, I’m still proud of my body for creating such beautiful, healthy little humans, and wouldn’t trade my stretch marks or saggy skin for anything!

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  • Milk Mama Sunday, June 1, 2008, 1:46 pm

    Wow! Four kids by 24! Congrats! I’m still nursing my 18 month old and will definitely still be at 22 months. You look gorgeous. You have a perfect pregnant belly! :)

  • lottie Sunday, June 1, 2008, 2:28 pm

    you look stunning! your breasts look great, your stretch marks are so not noticable. 4 kids?! wow. my hero!

  • jaclyn Sunday, June 1, 2008, 3:30 pm

    I have to say I dont see saggy at all I think your breasts look amazing!!

  • Autumn Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 8:51 am

    You look wonderful. I can’t believe you’ve had 4 children! You’re amazing!

  • Rachel Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 8:25 pm

    It is hard to believe you have had 4 kids judging from your body. If you told me you were 18 and pregnant I would totally believe you.

    A little sagginess? Psssh! Girl your boobs are perky!

  • bex Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 2:53 am

    you do look amazing! am very jealous!

  • Lauren Sunday, July 13, 2008, 3:33 pm

    My goodness, you are gorgeous!

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