I am 23 years old and have a beautiful 5 month old daughter. Before pregnancy, I weighed 124 pounds (I am 5’5”) and was generally happy with my body, although I have always been self-conscious of my hips and legs. During pregnancy, I loved my belly but got worried when my legs started getting bigger along with my waistline. I only gained about 8 pounds until my 6th month of pregnancy, but by the time I gave birth (at 38 weeks) I had gained 46.5 pounds, putting me at 170.5 pounds. After giving birth, I lost about 30 pounds in the first 3 weeks but have been “stuck” at around 140 pounds since. My post-partum feelings about my body are mixed. I know that, as a woman, I have been blessed with the ability to carry and birth a child, and I love my daughter more than anything in the world. I am, however, extremely self-conscious about my legs and bum, which seem to be where all my extra weight is being carried. Before pregnancy, the one part of my body that I really took pride in was my flat stomach, and now that that’s gone too, I feel like my young body isn’t so young anymore. My husband is the most wonderful man and he tells me every day how beautiful I am and how much he loves me, but I can’t help feeling a little guilty that he cannot enjoy his wife’s pre-pregnancy body anymore. I tell him not to look at my legs while I’m changing, and I cover my behind as I’m walking away from him. I also tend to compare my body to other women my age, which makes me feel worse because there aren’t a lot of girls in their early twenties who have had kids. I used to be a size 5, and now I’m a size 10 and still wearing some of my maternity clothes. That definitely doesn’t make me feel good about my body sometimes. I hope that I will learn to be proud of my body no matter what the circumstance, and this website has certainly helped me in starting to make that transition. The first picture is of me pre-pregnancy. The second picture is me at 34 weeks pregnant. The third and fourth are of my stomach and breasts 5 months post-partum (I am breastfeeding which is why I always have lop-sided breasts!). The fifth and sixth pictures are of the stretch marks on my breasts and inner thighs (I haven’t met anyone else who got stretch marks on their legs from pregnancy). I also got slight stretch marks on my hips and above my bum, but they didn’t photograph well.