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Before Pregnancy

Goodbye Forever, Bikini (Becky)

Age: 24 Children: 1 Child’s age: 1 month I have never been skinny. I’ve never wanted to be. I liked my size 8, athletic build with curves in all of the right places. I liked my boobs. I liked my body. Period. When I got pregnant, my husband and I were so excited. Yes, the [...]

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I Love Being a Mum! (Alice)

30, one pregnancy and birth via Cesarean I love my post-partum body. I basically look the same, with slightly bigger boobs and softer-rounder belly, with extra belly skin that I did not have before. My body is the constant reminder of the precious life I created, and for that, I am eternally thankful. I used [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, Cesarean, First Pregnancy, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions

Feeling Hopeless (Brandie)

Age: 30 Pregnancies: 2 Children: 5 yrs old and 11 months I just turned 30 years old and I have two beautiful boys, one being 5 and one 11 months. I have always been relatively small throughout my life, so the changes that my body has encountered over the last 6 years have made me [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, Cesarean, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Pregnant, Second Pregnancy, Submissions

Age: 29 years old Current and pre-pregnancy weight: 138 lbs. Total weight gained during pregnancy: 27 lbs. Children: 1 child, 11 weeks old. I had always feared pregnancy for two reasons: I would not be in control of my body and I might end up with dreaded stretch marks top to bottom. These fears seemed [...]

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Welcoming Our Twins (Anonymous)

Age: 34 Pregnancies/births: 1/2 Age of children: 8 months I found out I was carrying twins when I had a scan at 6 weeks because of some pain and bleeding. Turns out it was my uterus stretching quickly because there were two of them in there! Even at that early stage they located two heartbeats, [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Prolapse, PUPPP Rash, Submissions, Twins

~Age: 36 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 1 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 3 months I had elective cesarean section 3 months ago because my baby boy was breech. The cesarean wasn’t a great experience as I lost a lot of blood (2 litres) and was put on iron [...]

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Gaining Confidence (Anonymous)

I recently discovered SOAM and was happy to see a forum for discussing the changes women go through after childbirth. There seem to be a lot of younger women (20s) with beautiful bodies who post on this site, I wanted to share my story and pictures too. I’m 35 and have given birth to three [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, Breasts, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions, Third Pregnancy, Vulva

Hyperpigmentation (1st Time Mother)

This is my first pregnancy and I wasn’t aware of how much your body would change when you become pregnant. I was expecting a lot of stretchmarks and was terrified of both those and extra skin. Come to find out my biggest challenge is hyperpigmentation. During my second trimester I started noticing freckles on my [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, Breasts, First Pregnancy, Hyperpigmentation, Submissions

Made Me Even Stronger (Amanda)

Age: 23 Number of pregnancies: 1 pregnancy/birth Age of child: 18 days I got pregnant in London during the Olympics last summer. It wasn’t planned, but we were both pretty excited when I came out of the bathroom six weeks later with two positive pregnancy tests. I was very fortunate to not experience the continual [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions

I was one of those women who “knew” the moment they were pregnant.. I was more than ecstatic. It sounds crazy, but I think I felt the moment the baby implanted. I used a pregnancy test that day, waited the 5 or so minutes, saw one line and threw it in a drawer. When I [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, Breasts, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions