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It all seems so petty (Kim)

Previous post here. I had c-sections with my first two births (please see my previous posts). I wasn’t thrilled with the birth experiences, but I had living babies because of them. My 3rd child was born via successful vba2c. It was amazing to hold her right after she was born. My body was stretched a […]

10lb Stays Behind With Each Child (BUTTERFLY6925)

I am 31 years old and about 8 weeks pregnant with my 6th pregnancy. I have 4 living children, ages 12,10,9, and recently starting over with 6 months. In 2006, I gave birth to a still born baby girl who we called Avyn Abigail We have 3 living boys and only 1 girl. Daddy is […]

Ugly? Not to me! (Anonymous)

Having see others’ grossed out reaction to their own and others’ stretched out bellies while I was growing up, had me feeling like it was gross, ugly, shameful, etc. Just make sure to cover it up and tuck it in really well into your control top pantyhose, and make sure you forever and ever work […]

Uba5c Birth Story (Talana)

Hi you all. Here is my birth story… I want you to understand how I got to the decision of homebirth and the feelings I had prior to it. I might bore some of you so please be warned that it’s a long story. Also, if there’s any spelling mistakes or incorrect grammar then I […]

Worth it All (Ashley)

~Age: 30 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 8 pregnancies- 6 births, 2 miscarriages ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 8,6,5,4,3,2 I don’t even know where to start! I have been coming to this site for so many years…looking through photos and comments, getting the reassurance that I so desperately needed […]

Mom of 4 Awesome Kids (Felicia)

Hi. My name is Felicia and Im a 34 year old mom of 4 awesome kids. I’ve been pregnant 5 times but lost one baby at 14 weeks. My kids are 15,13,10 and 7 years old. I got married when I was 18 and had my oldest daughter exactly 1 year later. I made it […]

Fourth Pregnancy (Anonymous)

Hi, I’m a 25 year old, 5 foot 4, 10 stone 11 pounds mom of 3 beautiful children. I had 4 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage. They are 5, 2 and six months old. They were all delivered vaginally. First two children were bottle fed and third is breastfed. Breastfeeding is making it really hard to loose […]

Update (Elizabeth)

I’d like to add on or submit a new story for your site. I already have an entry here. Since then, I have had one more baby. She was born via-emergency cesarean and I now have a vertical scar. Willow’s birth story is featured here. I have attached the most recent picture of my new […]

Hidden Forever (Anonymous)

Hi there i am 29yrs of age with 4 children and one on the way. Before i started having children i was concerned about wearing shorts or bikini’s at the pool. Jeez i wish i did. I was only 15 when i had my first, didn’t really get to know who i was or be […]

Time Has Healed Me (Anonymous)

Previous post here. Age: 29 4 pregnancies, 2 births Children’s ages: 3 1/2 and 2 years old I first posted to this site a year and a half ago. At the time I had a 6 month old baby and was struggling with what two pregnancies, in 18 months, had done to my body, as […]


I am a mother of 10 children. The last two being twin boys. My firstborn twin boy died in February this year aged 4 months. I would generally be the first to complain about my figure post childbirth. But my experience has shown me what’s important in life. I would gladly be a size 24+ […]

7 children: A Body to Remember (Stacy)

Age: 33 Children: 15, 10, 8, 7, 6, 4, 18 months Births: 5 C-Sections followed by 2 unassisted births (UBAC) Previous post here. Even though I have 5 previous entries here, over the past five and a half years, I feel inclined to submit again. I love this site because it is the only place […]

3 Months PP Mother of 5 (Ellen)

Hi! My name is Ellen. I’m 28 years old and 3 months post c-section. I have had 5 kids in 6 years and had a tubal ligation done with the last one, which was my only c-section. I’m 5’6 and used to be an athletic 160 lbs and right now I’m stuck at 200. I […]

Changes (Anonymous)

My body is a blessing. Before now I wasn’t so sure. Ironically, though I had given birth 4 times vaginally (twice without meds) it took my emergency c-section to show me just how wonderful my body is. I’m not skinny, I haven’t been since my first pregnancy in high school, I have stretch marks and […]

4 Months After 5 Kids (Momma of 5)

I am soon to be 26 yrs old. I have had five pregnancies and five happy babies born in the last six years. I would never have changed having my kids so close together but having a baby every year didn’t give me a chance to lose much weight and tone up again between each […]

My Rainbow Baby and VBA2C! (Shannon)

Most recent post here. # of pregnancies and births: 4/3 How far pp: 7 years, 4.5 years, 2.5 weeks Age: 27 As you all know (since I post here frequently!), I lost my 3rd pregnancy. I have had quite the bumpy road as far as my babies go. Connor passed away 5 years and 5 […]

Another Update (Anonymous)

Age:24 # of pregnancies: 5/ 4births Age of children: 7yrs, 5yr, 3yrs, 6 1/2mos How far post-partum: 6 1/2mos Previous post here. I am now 6 1/2 months post-partum from my daughter and I have been feeling pretty great :). I left my kids father back in June and it was honestly one of the […]

Getting Happier With Time (Apryl)

Age : 33 5 pregnancies, 3 births, children’s ages : 14, 10, 3 This is my 3rd submission to SOAM. First post here. Second here. I’ve been working more on not only improving my body and physical health, but trying to improve my mental well being as well. For the most part, it has gone […]

My Tears (Anonymous)

I came across this website after following a link at the bottom of an article on government fiscal policy of all things. Without reading a single story, just the opening statement, I found myself in tears. Not a soft, delicate, salty trickle of shared sadness, but a harsh, tsunami of tears, so hot I thought […]

Wrecked (Anonymous)

I got pregnant at 17 years old and I was in a boarding school that ate processed food breakfast, lunch and dinner. I gained 80lbs during that pregnancy that ended in a completely unnecessary c-section. I looked at my body after I gave birth, at only 17 years old was so depressed. I didn’t even […]

4 Kids and Having Trouble with Weight Loss (Briana)

Well I am 22 years old, and I have 4 wonderful kids that I would never take back for the world.I had my first son when I was 15 years old. He is now 6 I also have a 3 year old son that I had at 18 and a 1 year old son that […]

Unapologetic (Darah)

I love me with the sags. I love me with the stretch marks. I love me with dark circles. I love me with frizzy hair. I love me with pale skin. I love me with stretch marks. I love me with love handles. I love me with back rolls. I love me when I’m menstruating. […]

Update to my Post (Anonymous)

Previous post here. The last time I updated my story I was single and 13 months postpartum with my 3rd child, I had also just started to accept my body. Well a year and a half later things have changed drastically; about three months after my update was posted I reconciled with my childrens father […]

Mother of 7 (Stacy)

How can I teach my daughters, and my sons, things I haven’t quite figured out yet? How can I be confident in my own skin when the world, both inside and outside of myself, tells me I should hide? How did women lose their power to just “be”in their role as mother, satisfied with happy […]

Uncomfortable in My Skin (Kel)

Age: 34 Pregnancies/Births: 5/3 Time PP: 25months Ages of Children: 5 1/2 years, 4 years and 25motnhs I am an Aussie stay at home mum of three beautiful bright, perfect and healthy children. They light up my life and I adore them all. I also have an amazing husband. We have been with each other […]

Mother of 8 Wants to Say, “Aloha!” (Anonymous)

I have a fairly long story, but don’t we all? I was a young teenage mom. I am now 40 years young. I have had 8 children, 7 full term pregnancies. One of them being twins, BOGO free. My oldest is 20, my youngest is 3. I was co-dependent and chose abusive relationship’s. I did […]

Old Before My Time (Anonymous)

Age 33 yrs 4 children breastfed all c-sections My youngest is 10 months old, I had my first child 14 yrs ago at 21 yrs old. I usually avoid looking in the mirror when naked My stomach hangs and I have tried many exercises it will never be the same which is disappointing. Whats worst, […]

Smokin’ Hot (Katie)

Smokin’ Hot! (Katie) Age: 36 Pregnancies/births: 11/3 (8 miscarriages) Ages of children: 4.5, 2, 2 weeks My son is two weeks old today, and as I was about to get in the shower (yay, shower!), I saw myself in the mirror and thought, I am smokin’ hot! I should submit pics to SOAM! So I […]

Isabelle, I love you! (Anonymous)

Number of pregnancies 4 (2) miscarriages (2)abortions Please don’t judge me I have made mistakes just as any human being in the world ! I am 22 years old I was 17 when I had my first pregnancy I lived with my bf we were both in nursing school in Mexico and very happy for […]

Mom of 7 – It’s Time to Find Me Again (Jennifer)

I am a mother of 7. I had my first child when I was just 16. His twin sisters followed 22 months later. My next child a beautiful baby girl was born 2 years after the twins. Then we had another girl just shy of 3 years later. When she was 3.5 months old we […]

I’m so disappointed in myself. (Not Myself)

I have just given birth to my fourth child. I have had four c-sections now. Each pregnancy I have gained between 18-25kg (40-55pounds) but have been fortunate to lose it all each time. I’m now 12 days PP and I’m feeling very depressed about myself. I can’t believe I’m now plus sized. I started this […]

Question (Jilliann)

Hi my name is Jilliann and I’m a mother of 7.All my kids were born by c-section.They were all pretty small.My biggest was 7lbs 1oz.When i got pregnant the last time i found out i was having twins(boys)I got really big with themNow they are here and are 5 1/2 months old.And i still like […]

Update – Proud Mother of Four (Anonymous)

Previous post here. I just would like to share my current pics!! i am now 6 mths into my weight loss and though its been a long and slow process its process!!! As my posting stated at the time I weighed 169, I am now 154. I have lost a total of 38lbs so far […]

Motherhood is Empowering (Anonymous)

I am 40 years old in this photo. After 7 pregnancies, I am blessed to be the mother of an 11-year-old, an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old. Being a mother has taught me to take ownership of my life and my place in this world, and to be the best woman I can be in every […]

My belly, the first home of my biggest blessings… far from flawless, but I love it anyway. (Julie)

-24 years old -6 pregnancies, 5 children. (1 loss at 9 weeks gestation.) -J, 7 years old. P, 6 years old. K, 5 years old. G, 3.5 years old. L, 2 years old. – Hello ladies! Thank you for allowing me the oppeortunity to share my own story. :) My husband and I found out […]


I am a (almost) 50 year old woman. I have had 6 pregnancies, resulting in 4 live births and 2 very late (mid second trimester) miscarriages. My “babies” are now aged from 19 up to 25. When I started having my children in the mid-80s I was considered to be slightly overweight (5-9 and 165lbs), […]

Mommy of 4 Boys (Carollee)

Hi, My name is Carollee and I’m from Cleveland, OH. I was 19, 5’4′ and weighed about 130lbs when I got pregnant with my oldest son, Anthony. I gained the least amount of weight with him (about 50lbs) and delivered a happy healthy boy in Jan 2001. I had a typical what you read about […]

Overcoming PPD & Learning to Accept My Body (Anonymous)

Number of pregnancies: 4, number of live births: 2, age of children: 9 & 18 months I would like to start out by saying thank you for your website. What an absolute blessing it was for me to happen across it. I am 28 years old and a proud mom to a 9 year old […]

Mother to 10! (Anonymous)

Age:38 4 birth children, 5 adopted children, ages 17-11. pregnancy number 5, 7.5 months! As a teenager, I remember distinctly saying I would never ever have children. I still sometimes wake up and wonder what exactly happened? My mission for my adult life has been to be a child advocate and take in children who […]

Shoot for the Moon (Analisa)

Before I start I just want to say that in all the years I’ve read through “your” stories and seen “your” photos I’ve yet to see an ugly body. I believe our perception of our own body image is the only true “ugly” thing I’ve seen…including my own. My name is Analisa. I am 29 […]

5 Years Later (Dolly)

It has been 5 years since the worst day of my life. I lost my daughter . My children at home ( then 3 and 4) were never the same. Since that day I had 2 miscarriages. When I found out I was pregnant again my youngest , Jacob (then 7) would ask every day, […]

My Body After 4 Pregnancies With Cesarean (Anonymous)

I am 34 years old, and this is my belly during and after my 4th pregnancy. All my children are born with a caeserean. The postpartum pics are 5 months after birth.

Really trying to be positive about my body. (Mia)

Im 5ft 7 and have always been a very slim girls to the point where other girls were unkind at school with regards to my weight. My pre-pregnancy weight was under 8 stone. I fell in love at 17 and we moved in together, got engaged at 18 at was married at 19. Shortly to […]

How could my beautiful babies leave me looking like this? (Anber)

I am 27 years old, and the proud mother of 4 beautiful boys! I was 15, and weighed 120,130 when I got pregnant for the first time, I was 150 after delivery and couldn’t lose it! Two years later I had my second son, up to 180!! Three years later third son, 205. Got pregnant […]

My Body (Stephanie)

I have a love hate relationship with my body. I was obese or morbidly obese pretty much all my life, since the time I was 11. At least my mother kept telling me I was fat from that point on. I just lived up to her expectations I guess. I took surgical measures to finally […]

Gaining More Confidence (Apryl)

Previous entry here. Pregnancies – 4 or 5 Births – 3 18 months post-partum Even in my original post, I tried to make myself sound a lot more confident than I really am. But I am gaining a lot more. As of right now, I am about 90 pounds lighter than I was prior to […]

27 Weeks Pregnant With My Fourth Baby, My First Son (Apryl)

With my first pregnancy in 1996 I was 20 years old and have hardly a handful of photos to remind myself of that first beautiful 9 months of my life when I was becoming a mother. With my second and third daughters I took more pictures, I had a digital camera by then and taking […]

I Finally Feel Sexy Again (Babs)

Original entries here, here, here and here. This was my fourth pregnancy and birth, and both were extremely difficult. I suffered with moderate hyperemesis gravaridum throughout (, lost a significant amount of weight, muscle and nutrients and was on the edge of hospitalization and IV feeds throughout (even with extensive medicating). I also suffer with […]

Be Strong and Courageous (Anonymous)

My first daughter came when I was only 20 years old. I was newly married, working part time, and going to college full time. I gained 57 lbs. And it showed. My ballet body expanded everywhere it could. My legs, my hips, my breasts, and my stomach. I could not understand how people made it […]

The Ups and Downs (Anonymous)

Pregnancies:6 Births: 4 PP: 130 Full Term: 196 Postpardum: 130 Divorce: 164 Well, I am a proud mom of four kids. I have one girl 11, and three boys 9,7,3. I was able to lose the weight with each kid and after my fourth I was able to get back to my PP weight. However, […]

Tired of Feeling Ashamed (Elizabeth)

Previous post here. I have submitted entries to shape of a mother from my 3rd and 4th pregnancies. Today I felt I need to do this again. I feel horrible about my body today. Yesterday I got into an argument with my youngest child’s father. this is part of an e-mail he sent me; “Did […]

What a Mother of Six Really Looks Like (Erykah)

After I had my son in 1999 I felt ruined. I had never witnessed a postpartum stomach that looked like mine and being that I was only 21 years old, I was sure that I was beyond repair unless I had a tummy tuck. And then I had twins and my sense of “ruined” hit […]

Two Blessings, My Sister and My Problem (Anonymous)

I am 37 and have had 6 pregnancies and 2 live births. My first born is 3 year and 3 months and my second is 13 months old. I became a plus size after my first pregnancy and I still am. I don’t like my body and from time to time I wish I could […]

My Ever-Changing Body (Danelle)

I’m currently 6 weeks postpartum I’m 28 years old and I’ve had a total of 4 c sections. My name is Danelle and my oldest girl is 10 years old I had her when I was 17 exactly one week before my 18th birthday. I went from 195 back to 150 in about 6 months. […]

Miracles Happen (SCS)

Previous post here. age 30 number of pregnancies 4 and births 2 age of children 3 ½ and 5 weeks how far pp 5 weeks First I wanna apologize for the long post, I wanted to say a lot. As everyone says, I love this site. I think I’ve read every entry on it. I […]

The Rewards of Patience (Amanda)

My husband and I have been together for almost nine years, and married for nearly seven. Having children was one of the first things that we talked about when we first met. I naively assumed that it would be easy, being that both sides of my family are very prolific. How wrong I was. Our […]

After 4 Babies (Mommyof4)

The photos are of me at 10 weeks postpartum with my 4th child. My weight before I started having kids was about 105-110, and I am just under 5’8”, so I was very thin! I went back to about 110 after my first two kids in my early 20s. My third and fourth babies were […]

Trying to Adapt to my New Body 4 Months PP (Anonymous)

I have my first baby at the age of 15 and ever since I keep having kids, Now I’m a mother of 6…and even tho sometimes I’m self consius on the way i look I love my body in some ways, every time i have a baby my body get a different shape and form, […]

Every Little Bird (Hollye Dexter)

This January, I somehow managed to get pregnant again, at forty-seven years old. I felt it, even as I went about my life, travelling, volunteering in my son’s school….but convinced myself it couldn’t be so. Surely I had missed my period because I was at that certain age. Just to assure myself, I finally took […]

6 Babies, 5 C-Sections, 4 Daughters, 3 TOL’s, 2 Son’s, 1 Love (Stacy)

Previous entries here, here and here. My last posting this past summer was very freeing for me. I loved the photos, and for the first time really saw beauty in my imperfect body. I feel strong, and continue to grow in inner and outer strength. These photos were taken at our local hot springs & […]

Believing My Husband’s Words (Nikki)

Age: 24 7 pregnancies, 2 births Children age: 4 yrs & 15 months I enjoy coming to Bonnie’s website because I know, if anything, it gives women a place to be open and honest with themselves. Whether or not a woman takes anything constructive from it is individual. I have seen bodies of women who […]

Pregnancy and postpartum with twin girls (Shelly)

Age: 35 6 pregnancies that included 5 live births, including full term twins. Would be 15.5 yrs old (Passed away sadly), 14 year old, 5 year old, and ten month old twin girls. 10 months postpartum In the pregnancy pic I’m almost 33 wks with twins. (I grew MUCH MORE by 37 wks. when I […]

Five Babies in Eight Years (Anonymous)

Age – 28 Pregnancies – 13 Births – 5 Children’s ages – 9, 6, 3, 2, 1 15 months postpartum I had my first four babies in the hospital with varying degrees of intervention. I was fortunate to avoid a c-section, even though I begged for one when the contractions were right on top of […]

Of Mothers and Beauty (Michelle L)

Your age: 30 Number of pregnancies and births: 4 ————– “I hate using maps,” I said to him. Amongst sculptures and artifacts, oil canvases and mixed media, we wandered aimlessly and tirelessly. Hours passed like seconds. Nothing mattered to me but the air that he was breathing. The walls melted in the winter rain falling […]

Fourth Baby, Mixed Feelings (Elizabeth)

I am 28 weeks pregnant with my forth child, I never thought I would have a forth child. I met a man a year ago who I really fell for after being alone for 2 and a half years after a bad relationship.I was even going to marry him last September. A few weeks after […]

6 Weeks Postppartum, 6 Kids Later (Anonymous)

Age 24 years old Number of pregnancies: 6 I’m 6 weeks postpartum and this is how my body look like 6 kids later prepregnancy weight was 147 now I’m 171 pounds I’m very slowly losing the weight and I’m hoping i can go back to use my prepregnancy jeans and feel better about my body, […]

Motherhood Shaped Me (Joni E.)

~Age: 36 years old ~Pregnancies: 5 pregnancies/4 living children (one fetal demise at 21 weeks) ~Childrens ages: 15, 12, 10 and 5 weeks Highest non-pregnant weight: 183 Weight 3 months prior to pregnancy (lowest adult weight): 125 (I put on 20 lbs before becoming pregnant at my husbands request) Weight just prior to pregnancy: 144 […]

I Was Afraid (Susan)

I Was Afraid, Susan Age: 36 Pregnancies: 6 Births: 3 Children: Nicholas 7, Ella 5, Jack 3 I took these pictures for my blog. I took them to show the world, well the blog world, my post babies belly. I contemplated for literally an hour. I should, I shouldn’t. Ok I am, no no I […]

Hoping for a Miracle (Michelle)

Age: 25 Pregnancies: 5 (3 miscarriages, 1 a set of twins) Births: 1 Age of children: almost three, 6 weeks pregnant Growing up I was never sure if I wanted children. I was not sure if I had the patience. I met my husband my freshman year of college. We dated for about 7 months […]

Being a Super Mom (Bree K)

Pregnancies: 6 Births: 3 Children: Twins 3 & a baby 2 months I know there are many women on here. You come from all walks of life. However there are two things we have in common… we are unhappy or saddened by our bodies and we love our children. Being a mother at a young […]

I Made Them and They Made Me (Tanya Rose)

There was a time when I pranced around no bigger than a minute and cute as a button. Then at 15 years old, I became pregnant with my first son. I was 92 lbs. and throughout my pregnancy I was forced to gain weight by my Dr. because I was “underweight”. I did as I […]

Update (Babs)

Previous entries here, here and here. When my first son died, shortly after birth, I found too late that the only prints I’d been given from the hospital staff were barely worth calling prints… they didn’t even try to unfold his fingers before taking them, and even inked his knuckles rather than take the extra […]

Mother of 6: Story and Photos UPDATE (Stacy)

Previous entries here and here. ~Age: 29 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 6 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 11, 7, 5, 4, 2, 18 months I have come along way in my acceptance of myself as a vibrant, powerful human with a purpose. I have discovered that purpose is […]

The Body My Children Gave Me (Kelly)

Age: 27 Number of children: 4, going on 5 Ages of children: 9, 7, 4 and 2, with the next one due in March When I got pregnant with my oldest son, I was 5 foot 2, 93 lbs, and thought my body was perfect. After he was born, I lost the weight pretty quickly. […]

Six Children (Erika)

I am 43, 5′ 4-1/2″, 200 lbs., size 12, and I’ve had six pregnancies, six births. My first child was born 26 years ago and my last, 6 years ago. The last child really seemed to zonk my thyroid and I’ve had a hard time losing weight since his birth. I used to feel very […]

Like a Road Map (Heather)

Age: 34 Pregnancies: 7 Births: 4 Kids’ Ages: 16,13,11,8 ALL girls 8 Years Post Partum “What happened?” said the young boy, “Did your baby scratch you?” This is the moment I discovered the awful truth that would impact the rest of my life. I had stretch marks. Back story: I was a 5’10” model who […]

Dreams Come True (Anonymous)

Age: 25-years-young Number of pregnancies: 4, 1 abortion, 2 miscarriages Number of birth: On the way…I am 25 weeks!!! Yea! After a horrible relationship with a best friend of more than 10 years, I never felt so betrayed. I had to end my relationship with her last year. She manipulated and instigated between my husband […]

My Story is Long (Anonymous)

38 years old 5 pregnancies/4 live births/2 miscarriages 7.5 year old daughter, 6 year old son, 2.5 year old boy/girl twins 30 months postpartum My story is long. It spans more than a decade. When my husband and I got married we didn’t mind if we got pregnant right away. Well, 5 months into our […]

21 pregnant with # 3 (Anonymous)

I got pregnant with my first child when I was 16yrs. old I honestly thought I would be one of the girls who didn’t gain much weight, or would be all baby but I was so wrong. I’m 5’2 and when I got pregnant with my daughter I was 135 but by the end of […]

This one’s for my daughters! (Sarah)

After years of believing that my belly had to be flat and washboard perfect, I finally came to terms with the fact that washboard isn’t normal. It’s not normal for women to look like that, especially after they’ve had children. Bodies during and after pregnancy are beautiful! Embracing the Goddess Within has been a long […]

Finally ok with the Battle Scars! (April M)

Age 22 Four pregnancies, one birth One daughter, age 2 1/2 I guess I just wanted to show people that, no matter if youre over weight or under weight, we all have issues with our bodies after our babies come into our lives. I have hated my stretch marks since I was 7 months pregnant. […]

So insecure about my body! Trying to accept it, but it’s not easy! (Anonymous)

Age:23 4 months postpartum 4 pregnancies, 3 births(1 miscarriage) (I have a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 4 month old) I was 17 when I became pregnant with my first child and I weighed 100 pounds. I was tiny. When I delivered him I weighed in at 140 pounds. By the […]

Bliss: 4 Children in 4 Years (Ami)

Age: 28 Pregnancies: 4 Births: 4 Kids: 7, 6, 5, 3 My husband and I were in the military when we met on a hot summer day during a training exercise and we were both filthy, exhausted, sunburned and peeling; it was love at first sight. I was 19, not quite 20, when I went […]

Loving What Is (Anonymous)

I am a sexual abuse victim. I lost a baby at 16 weeks when I was only 16 years old. I have had many years of self loathing. I can still here the ridiculing comments that were made about my body. I was ugly,dirty,the defect. When I saw what other women looked like I drew […]

Worth Every Pound and Every Mark (Apryl)

First of all, I would like to applaud this site. It is wonderful to see you celebrating the real beauty n a mother instead of criticizing the perceived flaws that so many of us think we have because we don’t match the air-brushed photos of the celebrity moms that have a personal trainer, personal chef, […]

Brave enough (Anonymous)

I have a secret……I am brave enough to strut for my husband, brave enough to let him touch any place on my body, brave enough to call myself sexy and actually KNOW that I am. I am brave enough to not second guess my husband when he says I am the most beautiful, I am […]

VBAC Mom of 3 (Anonymous)

29 yrs old 4 pregnancies, 3 children picture is from 31 weeks during pregnancy #4 First pregnancy was a c-section while the second and third births were home births.

Mother of 4….soon to be 5! (Amy)

I am a young mother of many. I am currently pregnant with my 5th child, though this is my 6th pregnancy. My oldest child is only 6 years old, so in the last roughly 7 years my body has been through a lot. However, my body makes me so proud, because I have 4 beautiful […]

My Beautiful/Crazy Motherhood (Nichole)

~Age:23 ~Number of pregnancies and births:3 & 3 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: ages 7, 5, 2 Well this site just made me feel 100% better! Let me start from the beginning! I was 15 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I am 5’2″ […]

Need to Learn to See Beauty in Myself (Anonymous)

I am 33 years old. I have been pregnant six times, and I’ve given birth to four fantastic children, ages 8, 5, 2, and 7 months. I married my best friend straight out of college and got pregnant with our first child about two years later, the second month we tried. We were both in […]

My Mother Body (Lisa)

During a recent discussion among a group of women friends in which a few of us were taking pot-shots at ourselves about our post-baby bodies, one friend in the group passed along a link to this website. I spent some time reading submissions posted to the site and looking at photographs, and it all just […]

Proud to be a mother at last (Alex)

Age: 35 No of pregnancies and births: 4 and 1 live birth Post partum: 9 weeks Having lost 3 babies I never thought I would become a mother. In may heart I blamed myself and after my last miscarriage in 2006 I spent 2 years trying for another baby so by the end of 2008 […]

My body is wrecked (Elizabeth)

Number of pregnancies & births: Four Ages of children: 9, 6, 3, and almost 5 months B&W photo taken four month post-partum after fourth child Beach photo taken 11 months post-partum after first child I guess you could say I was proud of my body after the birth of my first child. I bounced back […]

23 year old mom 18 month postpartum, 5 kids later!! (anonymous)

hello i’m a 23 years old mother of 5 young childrens, i started having kids at the age of 14, i know i started young but i wouldn’t change it for anything in this world, now about my body i cant say the same thing, but i have 5 kids what else can i ask […]

Transformation (Erron)

Age: 31 Number of pregnancies: Seven pregnancies, two successful The age of my children: 2 aged 4, 1 aged 2, and 1 on the way When expecting our first baby I remember going to my 20 week ultrasound in my regular pants. I couldn’t wait to start looking pregnant. After two years of trying, and […]

Self Love is the Most Important Love of All (Anonymous)

I just came across this website and I think it is the most beautiful, helpful website that a mother could possibly visit. It is hard these days to be happy with our bodies. The media hype and hollywood has portrayed a very distorted image of what motherhood does to ones body. It has taken me […]

I brought 6 amazing people into the world, if you don’t like my body, don’t look! (Anonymous)

28 yrs old, 5 pregnancies, 6 children (twins), 3 weeks postpartum I am a 28 year old mom of 6 beautiful children. I have 10 year old twin girls, 8 and 6 year old boys, a 4 year olds and just gave birth to our 4th girl 3 weeks ago. I am always told that […]

He Tells Me I’m Sexy (Jenn)

I’ve been a larger girl since I was around 16-17 years old, after a knee injury that left me in an immobilizer for 6 months. Following that transformation of my body, I had a hard time regaining self esteem. Still, even though I was heavy, I still had a great body… beautiful, smooth skin, sexy […]

Embracing the New Me (Anonymous)

I am a 36 year-old mom to 3 kids, each 2 years apart. Had my babies at 29, 31, 33 years of age. Before kinder, I weighed 130 lbs, and was very slim, due to genetics and regular exercise. Now, after 8 years, 3 kids, 4 pregancies (lost one in between) and a full time […]

3 pregnancies, 2 children, and pregnant with what we think are multiples! (Leigh)

Hi ladies! I am a (25 year old) mother of 2 right now, and pregnant for the 4Th time! We were pregnant with natural fraternal twins in 2004, but sadly lost them due to complications @ week 12. Now we are pretty sure we’re expecting twins again, if not more. We are both terrified and […]

Successful UBA5C (Stacy)

I am updating from my previous entry here… I am ecstatic to announce the arrival of our son. He arrived vaginally, at home, 10#5oz, 22 1/2 and perfectly healthy. I have had 5 previous csections and have yet to even process the immense healing that has come and will come from this. I love this […]

Pregnant With 4th Baby (Kelly)

I’m 29 and this is my 5th pregnancy 1 miscarriage and 3 children. Ages 9, 7 and 3! I am 18 weeks pregnant in these pictures. I love my pregnant body even if it’s not perfect. There’s nothing more beautiful then a pregnant women. I may have got my mamas huge butt, but I was […]

13 Months Postpartum and 5 Kids Later (Anonymous)

I’m 22 years old I’m 5’2 and I weight 147 now, this is me 5 kids later 13 months postpartum I don’t feel good with my body cause my skin is too lose but I’m ok as long as I look good with clothes lol.

More Changes (Sarah)

Since I submitted my story and pictures all that time ago I have been pregnant another two times. The first of those was stillborn in the middle trimester and recovering some sense of my body not being broken is very hard! I’m now pregnant again (my 6th pregnancy) and not far off due. So much […]

32 1/2 Weeks Pregnant with Twins (Anonymous)

This is me last week, 32 and a half weeks pregnant with identical boys. This is my 6th pregnancy, we lost our first two, and I’ve carried 3 so far to term. These will be our fourth and fifth children. I’ve not had stretch marks before, and my belly pretty much went back to normal […]

4 babies by 22 has taken its toll on my body (Tanya)

Hello, my name is Tanya and I am 25 years old. Just before I turned 16 I got pregnant. I was 110 ponds when I started my pregnancy and was 185 pounds at week 36 when I was induced due to pre-eclampsia. I had been swollen throughout most of my pregnancy but my urine tests […]

Mum to 3 boys and 1 girl (Anonymous)

Original entry here. I had my little girl 7 weeks ago today. She was born 1 day after her due date. I let the Dr. induce me after he said “she’s going to be big, over 8lbs” so he broke my water and put me on a pit drip and after 4hrs of labor our […]

Pregnant with #6 (Anonymous)

This is me 8 months pregnant with baby number 6, who was born at home weighing 10#’s. I love being pregnant, I think the pregnant form is so beautiful. I gained 35 lbs. during my pregnancy but have only lost 10 lbs. since giving birth to her one year ago. I hope that when she […]

C-Section Scar, 4 Weeks (Anonymous)

34 year old mom of 4, surrogate mom to 3 This c-section was from my 7th pregnancy. 2nd c-section. Incision is just 4 weeks postpartum.

11 pounds, 4 oz, Wow! (Anonymous)

No wonder I was so tired and could barely walk… as baby #4 was over 11 pounds. I may never get a chance to be pregnant again so I am certainly cherishing every memory I have of all my pregnancies.. but mostly, due to it’s recentcy, the latest one. And I felt I wanted to […]

11 Months Postpartum, After 5 Kids! (Anonymous)

i have post here before i just want to share my 11 months pospartum pict i dont like my body and my huge thighs!

Two-Time Gestational Surrogate and Mother of Two (Anonymous)

Hi I am a 2x Gestational Surrogate. I also have 2 kids of my own Baylee 11 and Tyler 5. I am a proud surrogate of 2 baby girls. One born 2/27/07, and another born 8/25/08. I am proud of all 4 babies I have given birth to. However my first child was the pregnancy […]

Learning to Love My Body After 5 C-Sections, Pregnant With #6 – Hopeful VBAC (Stacy)

With my first daughter, conceived at 17, I was not fuller aware of the changes that would take place. I was young, ignorant to nutrition and was raised with horrible eating and activity habits. I gained almost 80 pounds and ended my long labor in a csection. My first daughter is an absolute joy, and […]

Body After Four Babies (Anonymous)

I had my first baby at 19, and that’s where I got all my stretch marks. She was 7lb, 14oz and my smallest baby. I started out pregnancy at 150 pounds and was 191 when she was born, in June 2001. My second baby was 9lb, 2oz and was born in August 2004. I started […]

Mum to 3 boys and a girl on the way (Anonymous)

I’ve been a mum since I was 19. I’m only 5’4″ and I’ve never been thin, always struggled with my weight and body image. With my 1st pregnancy I gained over 45lbs. 19 months later I had my 2nd son at home after gaining over 55lbs. I went from a size 10 before babies to […]

8 months postpartum, fifth baby (Anonymous)

i’m 22 years old with 5 young kids my youngest is 8 month old and i feel good with my body now i want to lose some weight but i feel like is ok for 5 kids i just need to toned it up cause is saggy and my belly button is horrible that the […]

Fifth Pregnancy (Rachel)

I am 27 years old, and recently gave birth to my fifth child 3 months ago. With each pregnancy I have gained between 50 and 60 lbs and have managed to lose the weight every time. Usually this takes me about 9 months, but with this past pregnancy i worked out during and after birth […]

Pregnant Belly (Anonymous)

I am 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant with my fourth child. All of the stretchmarks were from my first pregnancy 13 years prior.


This is 3 days before I’m supposed to give birth (c-section, due to breech) this is baby number 4 for me and my last. I wanted to embrace my beautiful body one last time and decided to show the world….


This is me in my 40’s after giving birth to 4 children. My first 3 were born when I was very young and the last was over a decade ago. I got stretch marks with the very first one and gained a few more along the way. I’m happy with my body now but was […]


All my childhood I wanted to do nothing more than to be a Mom. I dreamed about pregnancy and childbirth. At career day, I didn’t want a career other than to be a Mother. Before becoming a Mother, people always commented about how tiny I was, how thin I was. Now, 4 pregnancies and 2 […]


I am a 29 year old mother of 4 beautiful girls (14 months, 3, 8 and 9). I want to teach my girls when they are older that real women don’t look like the ads in magazines, and that they should be proud of the body Nature gave them and be proud that they are […]


Hi there I love your site and finally decided to be brave enough to take pregnant pictures of myself and send them in. I am 38 weeks pregnant with my 5th and final child. A little girl. I would only like the pictures to be used on this site and no where else. I am […]

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