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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 comments… add one

  • Mrs. Hardaker Sunday, July 30, 2006, 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!

  • mary Monday, July 31, 2006, 7:59 pm

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

  • Anonymous Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 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

  • Kimberlee Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 9:17 am

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

  • Maelynne'sMOm Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 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.

  • Brittany Monday, April 2, 2007, 5:22 pm

    You look great for having 3!

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