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Two Blessings (Jess)

August 24, 2009

Age: 24
Pregnancies: 1
Children: 2

I was told round 20 years old that I would not be able to have children. Then at 23 I had some further complications and the Dr’s did a surgery to remove massive growths on my ovaries and told me it was a long shot, but if I wanted to try and have children now was the time. Within two months I was pregnant. I went in at 8 weeks with heavy bleeding and tissue… I thought I had miscarried, they did an immediate ultrasound and said “There is heartbeat A, and there is heartbeat B…” My husbands mouth dropped and I just laughed. Come to find out I had had a miscarriage (I was preggo with triplets) but still had two healthy heartbeats! We were ecstatic! The first 20 weeks my pregnancy were great, I was working out, had only gained about 16lbs and really looked good (so I thought) then I went in and my world changed… I was diagnosed with an incompetant cervix and was told I was funnelled out to about 2mm of cervix left… I was put on strict bedrest. Needless to say week after week I kept trucking along. At 28 weeks they told me 2 weeks longer of pregnancy would be a miracle… at 30 weeks I was thinned to .7mm and dialted to 2 cm… still pregnant and still had two healthy babies! At 35 weeks I went into preterm labor and was dialted to 5cm and completely thinned out, but my contractions stopped and I was sent home… at 37 weeks I had no change… I had now gained 70lbs and had more water retention than most had ever seen in the hospital (so they say) Finally at 38 weeks and one day they started me on pitocin and after 5 hours only dilating to a 7 they broke my water and gave me my epi and 11 hours I pushed out our little girl and 52 minutes later I pushed out our boy… they were a healthy 6lbs each! We were told we would never have children and now have two beautiful babies… now back to me!

I had a really hard time gaining weight, I was 140lbs prepregnancy, but with only 18% body fat, I have always been active and have worked out my whole life and try hard to stay at a healthy size 6… I gained 70lbs and had bad bleeding for 3 months after my pregnancy… I only lost 40lbs the first 4.5months post pregnancy… finally I was given the okay to start working out again, I was no longer in my size 6’s but more in a size 11/12… I have been working out for 2.5 months and have lost an additional 15lbs… I still have 15 to go, but I am feeling better about my body and my progress. Our babies are healthy and happy and everytime I get down on myself about how awful I look, I just look at their beautiful smiles and tell myself that it’s a miracle I was able to bring them to this earth and that my body will one day be acceptable… my husband loves me more than before and still finds me sexy (he tells me this often!) Thank you for this site, I feel so lucky to share my experience and feel a little better about being a woman…

The first picture is pre-pregnancy at 138lbs
The second picture is me a day before delivering
The third-fifth are my 7 months PP pictures at 160lbs
and the final are my gorgeous babies

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17 Responses to “Two Blessings (Jess)”

  1. Amberfawn Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    You look awesome and it doesn’t look like you had any stretch marks, with twins too! Beautiful children, beautiful story.

  2. AW Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    OMG! You look so great! Just look at that little bod!!
    Congrats!

  3. lacee Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! you carry your weight really well. I think you look great. I wish I looked like that!

  4. Mary Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, you look awsome, I seriously thought the bikini pictures were before pregnancy! I am built just like you, and gained 70lbs with my first pregnancy(I only had one though!), it took a full year for everything to just slim down and for my hormones to get back to normal. You already look fantastic, and the last few pounds will come off, just keep chasing those cuties!

  5. Ashley Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Wow… 70lbs, twins, and NO stretchmarks! I’m over 5’9″, 145lbs pre pregnancy, gained 60lbs and got a lot of them! Great story too :)

  6. Lauren Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Wow what a great story! Thanks so much for sharing. You look AMAZING by the way! Your babies are very lucky to have eachother. I am a twin and it`s AWESOME! You will have so much fun. :)
    Take Care!

  7. Angèle Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Holy Moly! You look amazing!! Way to go mama! Your babies are gorgeous!!!
    PS: Believe your husband! You are hot!

  8. Samantha Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Oh hunny you look great! Congratulations on your beautiful children!

  9. shannon Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    You look great! You must be tall?? I ask because you don’t look 160 at all-you are gorgeous!

  10. karina Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    wow. your twin belly looked like my single baby belly… lol. im 4’10 though, with a short torso at that.. lol. i however is covered with a gazillion stretch marks because of all that stretching… but i gave birth to a baby boy weighing 7lbs 11 oz boy and I swear it was ALL worth it! BUt you LOOK GREAT!! AMAZING!!

  11. Shi Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    WOW!!! You look FANTASTIC, and your babies are soooo adorable! That is a fabulous body and shape, you certainly would never guess you had twins. Good job Mama!

  12. Jane Says:
    August 24th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    you look great!!! at least you dont have stretch marks!!

  13. Fraternal twin mommy Says:
    August 25th, 2009 at 5:25 am

    What an inspiring story! You look fantastic!

  14. Kim Says:
    August 25th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    WOOHOO! You go Jess! Keep up the good work with the babies and with working out! I could totally use some of your determination!!! LOVE THE BIKINI WORK IT GIRL!

  15. Sarah Says:
    August 28th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Wow! What an amazing story! What a blessing! And you look hot in a bikini! Beautiful babies!!!!!

  16. Tinia Says:
    September 27th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    You look amazing after twins! Amazing!

  17. Carolyn Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Your body is amazing. Despite having an incompetant cervix it held on to those babies for 38 weeks. Not to mention it looks great too ;)

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