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A Male Perspective (Anonymous Dad)

I am a man, and I while I know this is a site for women, I have a story to share. Whether you chose to post it is at your discretion, but I am hopeful you will read what I have to say and perhaps offer some advice. My wife has given birth to two [...]

Categories: Body Image, Submissions

Getting Better (Alice)

Age: 34 Pregnancies: 1 Births: 2 Age of children: 14 months I posted an entry five months ago when I was feeling pretty bad about my body and health post-partum. I gave birth to twins last summer and suffered a prolapse not long after, and was feeling despondent about that and about how much my [...]

Categories: Belly, Body Image, Mom over 30, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Prolapse, Second Pregnancy, Submissions, Vulva/Vaginal Damage

20 (age) Pregnancies (1) 8 months post partum by cesarean. When i first became pregnant, during my first trimester i lost 20 pounds. Than the rest of my pregnancy i only gained 10 pounds. After i delivered i then lost 25 more. This is what alot of people would call "bouncing back" and yes in [...]

Categories: Belly, Body Dysmorphic Disroder, Body Image, Breasts, Cesarean, Cesarean Scar and/or Incision, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions, Update

Glee’s Rocky Horror Episode

Spoilers abound for this week's episode, read on at your own risk! I just finished watching Glee's Rocky Horror episode and beneath the incredible music (I am not always into Glee's music, but this episode was possibly my favorite ever) they tackled not only the usual theme of misfits in society, but also body image [...]

Categories: Body Image, My Own Ramblings, News

Behind Enemy Lines (SMS)

Age 30 1st pregnancy, 1 year postpartum My body has always been the enemy. This shape which outlines the whole of who I am, encapsulating the parts of me both seen and unseen. Somehow, with time and age, it had come to represent me, a personal definition of who I am, carefully crafted for the [...]

Categories: Body Image, First Pregnancy, Infertility, Mom over 30, No Photos (Story Only), Postpartum, Submissions

Why Do We Treat Ourselves With Hate?

I've noticed a certain sort of recurring comment here at SOAM. It goes something like, "Wow, mama, you look GREAT! Your boobs/belly/bum looks way better than mine - I look like crap and I'm much farther postpartum/younger/had fewer kids than you did." This comment starts off lovely and supportive but quickly turns dark and self-abusive. [...]

Categories: Body Image, Collaborative, My Own Ramblings, News

When is Enough, Enough? (Anonymous)

Age: 37 Numbers of pregnancies and births: 3, births 1 Child’s Age: 4 I spent my youth and 20’s overweight and hating my body. I was a size 18. During a bad break up I gained an additional 15 pounds and for the first time it looked like size 18 would be too small. I [...]

Categories: Body Image, No Photos (Story Only)

Second Update (Bryana)

Original entries here and here. Children: #1) Rayden Wolfgang: Dec 12, 2005 #2) Cairo Sofia: June 23, 2009 Age: 22 I guess this submission isn't really about me. I have posted twice before because I think this website is nothing short of amazing. It has inspired me to love my body, it's "flaws" and all. [...]

Categories: Belly, Body Image, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Pregnant, Second Pregnancy, Submissions, Update

Age:23 Pregnancies/Births: 2/1 (girl, 18 mos) I anguish over my loose skin and stretch marks. I have not gotten to a place of comfort or acceptance of my body, much less a place of pride over the story my ravaged body tells. I don't understand how my husband can love such damaged goods, or how [...]

Categories: Body Image, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Pregnant, Second Pregnancy, Submissions


I posted this over at Facebook the other night, but haven't had the time to share it here yet. It is fabulous. I have long noticed that it is those interesting bits - what a person might refer to as his or her flaws - which I find the most beauty in. A large nose, [...]

Categories: Activism, Body Image, News, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement