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The beauty of my twin shaped body. (Stephanie M)

October 20, 2011

This was my first pregnancy and I was 19. I had complication after complication. First I ended up in the hospital at 8 weeks because they thought I was miscarrying, only to find out I had been blessed with not one baby, but two! Now before 19, I was a runner and in shape. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect body if I tried (sorry if that sounds like bragging..), and when I found out I was pregnant, I was terrified. In my mind I was going to be the size of a house with one baby growing in my belly, so what would two do to me?! But then I just started to grow, normally. I didn’t get too big too fast, or so I thought (looking back at the pictures I really did.. haha). But I was so sick throughout the entire pregnancy that because I would step on the scale and have lost weight, I didn’t really notice. As time went by, at around 20 weeks, I started to notice that my normal clothes didn’t fit anymore, but hey – that was normal. Then by 25 weeks, my maternity clothes didn’t fit anymore. By the time I was 30+ weeks, I wasn’t going outside much because I was so big it was hard to move around, so I just stayed in and wore PJ pants and night gowns all the time. My strangest memory was going out at Christmas time, which was 12 weeks before I had my boys, and buying a shirt that was sized 2X, and two weeks later, I didn’t have a hope or prayer that it would fit me. So, skipping the last few weeks until I was 36 weeks pregnant. It was about 2am and I was in the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breathe, I was pretty well not functioning. So off to the hospital we went. After a few hours of testing, I found out that I was severely anemic, and if I didn’t get a blood transfusion right away, I could die during my c-section. (For those of you who don’t know much about anemia, your blood iron levels [hemoglobin] are supposed to be around 140-150, mine was at 68. When you go into a surgery it drops down 20-30 more, and around the 40 mark is where you drop into a coma. Oh yea, super fun hey?) So that was 3 days spent in the hospital, but then I was good, I was ready to go. And I felt great! So two and a half weeks later, on March 16th, 2011 (just 3 days after my 20th birthday), I went in at 6am to be prepped and have my boys. At this point I was still super disappointed I had to do the c-section and didn’t get to do it natural, because I was told I could have gotten back to a workout routine sooner with a natural birth.. but oh well, it had to happen for their safety and hey, I still had breast feeding to help me lose weight! Well, that didn’t work out either.Come to find out that because of my anemia and a few complications with the surgery, I was left unable to breast feed. So there went that idea. But I made it through all of that, and I had two gorgeous little men to show for it. Dominic Gerald Michael Peddle-McLeod born at 8:40am at 6pounds 9ounces, and James Ronald Alexander Peddle-McLeod born at 8:41am at 7pounds 14ounces.

Now, I am 6 1/2 months PP, and still working on getting this body back to normal. Some days are a sad struggle, wishing I was what I used to be, but then I remember what came out of it, and I’m alright again.

picture order.
1 – 12 weeks pregnant.
2 – 18 weeks pregnant.
3 – 26 weeks pregnant.
4 – 37 weeks pregnant.
5 – 38 weeks pregnant.
6 – about 8 hours after birth, my two boys.
7 – my boys now, at 6 months.
8 – me now at 6 months PP.

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7 Responses to “The beauty of my twin shaped body. (Stephanie M)”

  1. Melissa Says:
    October 20th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    You look great mama! Your boys are incredibly handsome as well. Way to go being positive! It took me quite a few months to be okay with my PP body, (c-section as well… not able to breastfeed) and see it as a “work in progress”. You are great, your boys look great. Keep up the good work and positive attitude!

  2. Soldi Says:
    October 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Wow, when you said that you got a 2X shirt and then couldn’t fix it, I was worried that you were gaining too much weight (unhealthy gains), but looking at your pictures- you were ALL baby! You did an amazing job holding onto those two beautiful boys and giving the best start to their lives!

    The belly will come around on its own time and I hope you know how amazing your body is!

  3. L Says:
    October 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wow they are adorable!! Give yourself some more time to heal. You look great for 6 months. Keep up the good work. Im 24 son is 5 daughter is 3. Congrats on your two beautiful boys!

  4. Sarah Says:
    October 23rd, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Congratulations on your little boys! Your boys will have a fun time filling out legal forms with those long names. ;) They are adorable!!!!!! You look great!!!

  5. taiyo Says:
    October 25th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Gorgeous! You and your babies are perfect.

  6. sandra Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve been a mother of 2 daughters and although the truth does not look bad on my belly, not the best but it is accepted. the reality is that the damned doctor who attended me was a fool I left the vagina undercooked my girls had natural childbirth, I’m so upset now with the “doctor” with the girls, especially with my man because I feel that I Unfortunately the body and life to pregnancy, I do not blame the girls because they are innocent, but the truth is that I wish I could be before and not have this body, this life …

  7. lyshia Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Aw :) they are so cute! and your pregnant belly is so round and perfect :) you look better than i do after one lol.

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