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Proud Momma (Van)

June 14, 2010

When I got pregnant at 19 I was 140lbs and happy with how I looked for the most part (who doesn’t have little qualms about how they look.?) Now at 2 years post partum I am 195lbs, which is more than I was fully pregnant with my little girl. I feel mixed emotions about my body, I fee disgusting and sad, and ashamed that I let myself get this way. But I am trying to not complain about my body in front of my daughter. I want her to see that women are beautiful! and so as a *friend* of mine said “I will walk the walk”. What better way then to celebrate the shape of a mother with images! I have stretch marks on my hips, but they are my badge of honour for the accomplishment that is my daughter. My Breasts are not perky but they nourished her. I cant wait to do it again, regardless of what it does to my body! I am a Mother!

~Age: 22
~Number of pregnancies and births: 1
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2 years postpartum

first 3 pics are me 2 years post partum , the last is me at 27 weeks.

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7 Responses to “Proud Momma (Van)”

  1. mia Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    you must be really tall, you don’t look heavy at all. plus, what i wouldn’t give for your smooth tummy! have fun with that little girl of yours:)

  2. van Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Im not tall. Im only 5, 3′
    But thanks :)

  3. Liz Lich Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    You are my tummy twin! I think you look great. I’m 15 lbs away from losing all my baby weight, using a balance ball has really helped, you might wanna try that. It’s challenging at first but once you get the hang of it you’ll see how easy it is. Good luck!

  4. Sarah P. Says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    You are so beautiful! I’m so glad to hear such encouraging and honest words because you are absolutely CORRECT! Our daughter will hear what we say about our bodies. They’ll see images from media and hear things from their peers. A good body image starts at HOME. They’ll have enough to face when they get into the world. They’ll constantly be bombarded with imagery that says they aren’t good enough. We have to start now.

    Many blessings!

  5. Sarah EP Says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I love your story…so inspirational! It took me a long time to be happy with my body. I’m so glad to see a young mom embracing hers. Thank you for sharing. You look great! Nice shape, great skin, beautiful! Way to go Mama!!! :)

  6. mary Says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    it’s hard to feel good about our bodies 100% of the time because of the mainstream images of ‘beauty’. you’re body is gorgeous and stretchmarks are symbols of all we have accomplished. you’re body should be the definition of beauty because it is real :) thanks for sharing!

  7. Tracey Says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    you look amazing and your skin is absolutely beautiful. It is hard to be happy with our bodies all the time but you are right– we have to stay positive for our children. Great job Mama!

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