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UK Mummy, Thinking About Doing it All Again! (Charlotte)

I am a 31 year old mummy to my very gorgeous 11 month old son. He is my first child conceived on my honeymoon!

I was never sure that I wanted children but when I met my husband and realised he was the one then my feelings changed, particularly as he was so excited about becoming a daddy.

I have always had a few body issues, I watch my weight and exercise regularly and stayed in the gym till 6 months pg and then swapped to swimming several miles a week. I am 5ft 11 and was 147 lbs and very fit when I feel pg. I wore a british size 8/10.

I had a good pg, no problems and although I was careful; I still gained close to 50lbs! I was shocked – I ate very carefully and exercised loads but the weight still piled on.

I went a week overdue and gave birth to a strapping 9lbs 1oz boy who is without a doubt the most fantasic thing that has ever happened to me. My husband is a wonderful father and I love being a mummy.

I got back in the gym 6 weeks after he was born and am now 11 months post partum. I am back to my pre pregnancy weight and just need to keep working on shaping up really. I feel very lucky, I did not get stretch marks and, apart from a little loose skin on my tummy and my boobs being a little softer, I feel back to normal and I don’t think I look much different from when I started.

In fact, we are now trying for number 2! Can’t wait and hope I am as lucky this time round.

The pics are me, today, 11 months post partum and the final one is me at 41 weeks looking HUGE!

in Belly, First Pregnancy, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Submissions

5 comments… add one

  • anonymous Thursday, July 9, 2009, 3:15 am

    Hi. I’m from the UK too, and love this site. I’ve got three children, and like you, feel that I’m only a little different than before I had them. I did get a few stretch marks on my belly, but only with my first baby, and I can’t even see them any more. You look great :)

  • Samantha Thursday, July 9, 2009, 10:08 am

    Wow, I was that huge at 6 months!! I think, not to be mean at all you would look great 15 pounds heavier.

  • Mary Saturday, July 11, 2009, 4:45 am

    Your baby belly was so cute! And you look fantastic, its funny how sometimes even when you try to be careful and take care of yourself your body just does what it needs to (I tried really hard to not gain alot of weight with my second, and still gained 40lbs… oh well!). Good luck with number 2! And again, you look FANTASTIC!

    Samantha- we are all different and saying someone needs to be heavier is just as rude as saying someone needs to be thinner. i think this site showcases how we are all different, but beautiful for what our bodies have created.

  • Daisy Monday, July 13, 2009, 6:10 am

    You looked great at 41 weeks pregnant and your post pregnant body looks amazing too. This shows again that a fit body makes a whole lot of difference when being pregnant. I hope that baby number two will announce him/herself soon, please keep us informed.

  • nicole Thursday, August 13, 2009, 2:16 am

    Call me inspired! Thanks for sharing this hopeful story. I am the same height/weight/age and live in Europe too. But, I am only 4 months pregnant, so we will see how much weight I will gain and stretchmarks I will ‘earn’.

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