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July 30, 2006

I was 19 when I gave birth to my first son. I ate extremely healthy because of gestational diabetes. I went from 117 lbs. to 139 lbs. and 10 lbs. of that ended up being baby! I was shocked at how much pregnancy then labor & delivery changed my body. I bounced back pretty quickly considering I was still eating healthy and nursing. I had the dreaded jiggly belly pooch for a few months but I made it nearly back to my original weight when surprise, I became pregnant again when the first was only 8 mos. old. A year and a half later I welcomed boy #2. With my second pregnancy, I dealt with GD again but gained the most weight I’d ever been and it took quite a toll on my body as far as stretch marks on my boobs and inner thighs. It was much harder to lose the extra weight this time around. I wanted so badly to become pregnant again so I could blame the weight on pregnancy. I added to my little boy collection 4 years later in 2004 after an uneventful pregnancy (aside from GD) and easiest labor and delivery of the three.

I wanted to share my story because the media doesn’t show what real Mommy tummies look like post-baby. It reminds me daily what my body is NOT. I’m sharing with you, the public because no matter how much working out I do which is 3-5 times a week, my belly is forever marked and changed in shape. I want to see if my friends even recognize my pictures. I’m not the “waif” my friends used to call me. I am saying good-bye to that image and vowing to stop obsessing that what I am now will ever come close to matching that again because now I proudly wear the body, heart and soul of a mother. What is more beautiful than that?

Just days shy of giving birth to my first baby

32 wks. pregnant with third baby

38 wks. pregnant with third baby

Now, 3 boys later- 2 years since my last baby

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6 Responses to “secretmommy”

  1. Mrs. Hardaker Says:
    July 30th, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    You look awesome, I haven’t worn a bikini since I was fourteen and I would be proud to own that body after 3 beautiful babies!I am the proud mother of one daughter and hoping to be pregnant again soon.Brava to you!

  2. mary Says:
    July 31st, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Love the belly pics and I think you look awesome today. You’re totally rocking the bikini! :)

  3. Anonymous Says:
    August 2nd, 2006 at 8:36 am

    Ummm… your work-out routine definitely pays off, I’d say! You really strut your stuff in that bikini. Your boys can be proud of you (the big one and the little ones…lol…)Greetz, Anna

  4. Kimberlee Says:
    August 8th, 2006 at 9:17 am

    You look beautiful! You’ve got womanly curves now, that’s all. ;)

  5. Maelynne'sMOm Says:
    August 29th, 2006 at 1:53 am

    I wish I had your body, I was 118 lbs at 5’6 before I had my daughter while pregnant I went up to 190 lbs. Four years later I’m still at about 155-160lbs I tend to stay right around there. You look amazing I wish I had your discipline for working out.

  6. Brittany Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    You look great for having 3!


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