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There is hope to loving your postpartum body. (Amanda)

My name is Amanda. I’m 24 years old, married for 5 years, and a mother of a beautiful 2 year old little boy. I have been very self conscious since probably the first 4 months during pregnancy. I gained a tremendous amount of weight. I am 5’4 – 5’5.and went from 135 to 193! I may have weighed more than that by the time I delivered though. After I had my son, I was severely depressed and hated my body. I didn’t want to leave my house, or be seen by anyone. I had stretch marks, huge thighs, big butt, you name it, I had it all. My weight did not just “fall off”.People were always commenting on my weight and it made me even more depressed, although I’m sure they didnt realize that they were truly hurting my feelings. I forgave them, but I used their words as my motivation. It was time to get serious!! So about 4 or 5 months ago, I started dieting and exercising. Zumba videos online daily, crunches, side bends, squats etc. and here I am now..2 years later.. Im feeling ALOT better.. I am now down to 131 pounds(a little less than pre-pregnancy) YAY :) My hips are bigger, and my body has changed quite a bit from pre-pregnancy, and Im much curvier.BUT I am learning to LOVE my new body everyday :)

1st pic- me, front view, 2 years postpartum
2nd pic- side view, 2 years postpartum
3rd pic- me 2 weeks, post partum. Had only lost about 10 pounds at this point.
4th pic- me pre-pregnancy, with clothes
5ht pic- me, 2 years post-partum, with clothes

in Before Pregnancy, Belly, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions

6 comments… add one

  • Jill Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 11:41 am

    Love it! Very similar story of my weight gain during pregnancy! Also very inspiring! Where did you find the Zumba videos online?

  • kassie Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:46 pm

    you and i have the same story!! same stats(married 5 years, 24, 2 yr old boy, etc.) and everything, you go girl! you look great and i’m glad you found the motivation through the negativity to make changes for yourself. :)

  • kc Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 3:53 pm

    You look great! I am very jealous :-)

  • amanda Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:09 am

    Aww, thank you all so much! I still have my insecurities..but I am learning to get more comfortable in my own skin. & I found the zumba videos on Youtube..I find a lot of 3-4 minute videos and put them all together to make a little routine.

  • sam Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:49 pm

    I recently got tired of feeling blah too. I am 5’2 and 132 and I have a small frame. Even though I’m not overweight I have spare tire and chunky thighs, and droopy butt. I started going to the gym three weeks ago and I swear you just gave me even more motivation. You look awesome and sound so comfortable in your skin.

  • amanda Sunday, June 3, 2012, 11:05 am

    Thank you very much! I would like to get in better shape, but I am content where I’m at right now.. because I know where I was, and how fat that I’ve come.. Sometimes people are blessed and their bodies snap right back, and then there are others that have to be motivated and serious to get back to where they were (or close, right?? lol since pregnancy changes your body quite a bit) lol. And the saying “No pain, No gain” is sooo true..

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