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The difference between two and one- having a singleton after twins! (Lindsay)

My first pregnancy, with twins, was scary. At 18 weeks, doctors suspected the possibility of TTTS (Twin-to-twin Transfusion Syndrome). I was put on a strict bed rest, and was only able to leave the house for twice-weekly ultrasounds. Long story short, Baby A’s diastolic blood flow ended up reversing at 31 weeks which resulted in […]

Young Mum of 2 (Anonymous)

Age 24 Children aged 2 & 4 Both c-section I met my husband at 19, yes I was young but the way I see it is that way I get to spend even more of my life with him, I’m lucky. I fell pregnant within 5 months of being together and we were extremely happy. […]

Am I Still Beautiful? (Anonymous)

I am 39 years old, wanting to accept my changing body, 3 pregnancies (3P/2B), both birth were vaginal, My “normal size”, 160cm, 55 kg (110lbs). Breast 32B, I was 37 at the time I was pregnant with my second baby, I did gain a lot of weight and when I was 39 weeks I weighted […]

Feeling Good (Anonymous)

~Age: 32 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 – 2 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 4 and 2 years I have always had a complex relationship with my body. My weight has gone up and down over the years. Most days I would be fine, other days I would […]

I Feel Okay With It (Anonymous)

Age: 24 Pregnancies: 2 (currently pregnant with #2) Births: 1 Age of Children: 2 1/2 years I am 24 and currently 29 weeks pregnant with my second child. I started my first pregnancy overweight by about 20lbs. My first pregnancy was an emotional roller coaster of cervical shortening at 21wks, preterm labor at 23 1/2 […]

This is My Body (Jessica)

This is my body. It’s going through a lot right now. I had a beautiful baby girl 8 months ago and I am 26 weeks pregnant with a little boy that has already stolen my heart. I also have a pretty bad chest cold that I’m trying to keep said 8 month old from getting. […]

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 […]

The Camera Adds 15 Pounds (Colleen)

Previous post here. My age: 30 I have two children, aged 5 years, and 22 months. “The camera adds 15 pounds, you know.” “What a stupid thing to say,” I always thought. “You look exactly the same in a picture as you do in person. So do I. It must just be something insecure people […]

Breastless, disgusting and inadequate. (Anonymous)

Recently I’ve been feeling more and more self conscious about my breasts. I’ve tried hard to feel better about myself after large weight gains with my 2 pregnancies (4stone+) during each pregnancy. I lost it all after my second and went down to a size I was happy with. It’s slowly creeping back on. Weight […]

I Feel So Alone (Harley)

AGE: 25 3 pregnancies + 2 births I have a 21 month old + a 2 month old both born by cesarean. Ever since I can remember, my only want.. goal, passion.. What have you, was to be a mother. So naturally when I got pregnant with my daughter, I was over the moon. My […]

I Feel So Wide and Disgusting (Anonymous)

I’am 19 years old, I have two children ages 3 & 3 months both by natural vaginal births. My first (my son) was born when i was just 15 years old. Prior to my first pregnancy i was 160 pounds, it was a decent weight for my height which is 5’11″. On October 31st my […]

Mommy of 2 Cesarean-Born Girls (Anonymous)

Age: 25 2 pregnancies/ 2 births 4 years and 3 years My two beautiful little toddlers were born 14 1/2 months apart. I had lost all but the last ten pounds of my pregnancy weight when i became pregnant again. I was happy with my weight, as I was very petite prior to becoming pregnant […]

Learning to Live (Anonymous)

2 nd baby 7 months postpartum I had worked up courage after my first to post on here . My body is now changed a second time with the birth of my son . I have diastasis recti and an umbilical hernia that I managed to help a bit with exercise . Some of these […]

Mommy of 2 Beauties (Anonymous)

I had my first daughter three years ago at 18 years old and with my pregnancy with her is where my marks come from. My second I didn’t get any, but I have been widowed due to my hubby having a car accident when I was 2 months pregnant , our second is now 7 […]

39 Year Old Mother of 2 (Anonymous)

Your site has been such a powerful, positive influence on me. I am a 39 year old mother of 2 amazing boys, ages 3 and 1. I have spent so much of my life at war with my body. I now think back to when I was a much younger size 4-6 and how I […]

Mother of Three (Amerie)

2 pregnancies; 3 children; 3 months PP I have lived 27 years. I have 3 beautiful children, a 3 year old boy and 12 week old identical twin daughters. I have an adoring, sexy husband whom I love. We have a healthy and whole relationship that makes me proud and happy. I grew up with […]

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 […]

Facing Forty (Anonymous)

Age: 39 Children: 2, ages 10 and 5 I have had a love/hate relationship with my body for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a fairly volatile home – my bio dad passed away when I was very young and my mother remarried when I was six. My step dad and […]

Obsessed with how I should have done better (Anonymous)

I fell in love and moved away with my military husband at 18. We had our 1st baby (a 10 lb-er) when I was 26- I was away from all of my family and friends and gained 70 lbs. I didn’t know anything about eating, stretch marks, etc. I thought it meant eating for 2 […]

Still Struggling (Anonymous)

This will be my 3rd submission and I’m sad to say things have not gotten better. I had my daughter in 2008 after a 50lb weight gain. The stretch marks do not bother me, I could care less if anyone sees them. It’s my stomach I hate. I was skinny when my husband and I […]

My today after two children and significant weight loss. (Anonymous)

Age: 36 Number of pregnancies/births: 5/2 (both c-sections) Children aged 5 years and 14 months I’m 36 years old and fascinated by your website! What a great idea to show realistic photos of women who have given birth. Here’s my story: My first child was born in 2008. It was my first pregnancy and, being […]

Trying to Accept My New Breasts (Maya)

First I need to excuse my bad english, which is not my mother language. I am a 34 years old german mother of two wonderful children. The first, my daughter, was a c-section, my son was born vaginally. My daughter ist 3.5, my son 1.3 years old. I love this website, it gives me so […]

My Postpartum Body (Courtney)

My name is Courtney Bray, I am 20 years old and live in Washington State with my husband and two beautiful girls. I am a mother of 2. In my first pregnancy I gained 55 lbs. Stretch marks spread almost all the way up to my breasts. My skin hung and my belly button did […]

Trying to Love Myself (JC)

~Age: 30 ~Number of pregnancies/births: 2/2 ~My children’s ages: 20 months & 3 weeks ~My story: I started my first pregnancy weighing about 135-140lbs (I’m 5’4″) – I was happy with my body, except for my tiny boobs & puffy nipples. I had just lost around 20 lbs very suddenly (had zero appetite for a […]

Twin Skin (Jessica)

Age: 27 Pregnancies/Births: 2 Age of children: 14 month old identical twin boys Story: I gave birth to twin boys 14 months ago. I weighed 235 when they were born and dropped down to 187 while breastfeeding. My pre-pregnancy weight was around 180. I stopped breastfeeding at 9 or 10 months. I have since gained […]

20 Years Old, 2 Babies (Anonymous)

I’m 21 in February, I’ve had two boys very close together my eldest is 16 months my youngest is 4 months old. I feel like ill never be pretty again my body is wrecked. I have stretch marks I have a bigger stomach I don’t feel good about being me anymore. I wanted to post […]

I Am So Many Things (Anonymous)

Even if being a mother hasn’t come naturally to me, I’m thankful that my body was able to grow and bless me with children. They are my reason for living. They are my everything. Let me start by saying that motherhood isn’t what I thought it would be. When I was growing up, I thought […]

My Breasts (Anonymous)

I am 40 years old. I have two children, 12 and 15 years old. This is my body, these are my breast. As you can see, they are big, they have strecht marks, they are different between them, one is longer than the other. Sometimes I think about having a surgery to make them smaller, […]

My Stomach Looks Distorted (Rebecca)

Age-21 Pregnancies/births-3/1 Postpartum-3 years Hey there ladies! First off I’d like to say that I love this site and what its all about!! So, here’s my story. I gave birth to my first child,stillborn, at the age of 14. I was very petite, had a flat stomach,small boobs, and a bubble butt. I delivered Benny […]

Not Happy With My Breasts (K)

Age:25 Number of pregnancies: 4 Live births: One 5.5 year old (and one on the way!) 22 Weeks Pregnant in photos Breastfed for 19 months I had my daughter when I was 20-before that I had nice perky and full breasts, a nice stomach and a butt I was happy with. I always had cellulite, […]

Two Weeks Postpartum Baby # 2 (Anonymous)

My first child is 7 years old and I had the pupps rash and severe stretch marks that later faded. I had some lose skin but this baby has given me a hanging pouch. My son was born 9-22 and I carried him straight out front like a watermelon. I gained about 26 lbs and […]

4 Weeks After Second C-Section (Heather)

4 weeks after second c-section Hi ladies. I’m 26 years old and this is my second baby. My first was at 19. Both have been c-sections. I started pregnancy 1 at 145 pounds (athlete). I was a size 4/6. I finished that pregnancy at 185, size 16. I got some stretch marks in that pregnancy. […]

After Two Babies Under 22 (Anonymous)

Two births have taken a toll on my body. My breasts have sagged and the skin on my abdomen has stretched. I plan to have these things fixed as soon as I have my last child (3 to 5 years from now) but for now, I feel hideous. I can’t have comfortable sex with my […]

Always Insecure (Ashlin)

I’m not sure how to begin this, I have started an entry only to delete it I don’t know how many times out of fear… So I guess I’ll start by saying Hi My name is Ashlin, I am 21 years old. I spent most of my teen years taking care of my mom and […]

Fit After a Son and Twins (Jen)

I am Jen and I am 30 years old. I have an 8 year old son and 6 month old twin girls! They are awesome kids and they make me smile every day. Of course having twins is not something that everyone plans. I found out that they were twins when I was only 6 […]

Perspective (Anonymous)

There are days when I love my body! There are moments when I love my body. There are times when I have to remind myself I should be happy that I have two functioning arms, legs, and a relatively healthy body + mind. Alas I guess we can all have our good + bad days, […]

Loaded with fat and a belly that won’t go away. Looking for advice and input. (Anonymous)

Hi! I’m looking for some advice on my 4 month post-partum body. I had my first child at age 32 via c/section that took us 5 years to conceive. God had a major plan for us and I ended up pregnant again when baby #1 was only 7 months old. Prior to pregnancy #1, I […]

8 Months Postpartum, Second Child (Anonymous)

I have posted to this website once before, almost two years ago. As I am sitting and typing this I am going in with a very different mindset than I had the last time I posted. I am now 8 months post partum with my second daughter weighing in at 145 pounds. I still have […]

After-Baby Belly Consuming My Thoughts (Jade)

Age-24 Number of pregnancies\births-2 one natural one c section Hello everyone! My name is Jade. First and foremost i have to say this site is pretty awesome. Its not everyday that we see what the bodies of real mothers look like without being photo-shopped or distorted by media. Its really sad, but its great that […]

Almost Six Years Later (Rianon)

Age: 24 Number of children: 2 Daughter: 5 1/2 and my son is 21 months Previous post here. I posted my first entry 3 1/2 years ago after I discovered this amazing site. Reading it again now, I realize how different my views have changed about pregnancy, childbirth, and what it means to be beautiful […]

Wrecked (Anonymous)

Hello I have enjoyed and found support in reading many of these entries for quite some time and finally felt like I should share my story. I have two beautiful children, a son who is now 5 and a 17 month old baby girl. With my first pregnancy it was quite a shock. I was […]

My Body After Two Kids (Anonymous)

I’m 37, and my girls are aged 5 and 2. I was worried with each of my pregnancies that I would find it hard to get back in shape; or that my body would be radically changed. You go through so many changes when you’re pregnant that it’s hard to see how you will ever […]

Here We Go Again (Anonymous)

Round 2…. as the bell dings in my head im prepared to fight, unfortunately, my inner self on what most of us on here know as that little voice that says, ” your body is ruined now…look at all those stretch marks…do my boobs really hang that low…how is that even possible?” yes that dreaded […]

Low Self Esteem and Damaged (Tan)

I still remember the joy of my first birth with my son. I was 21 years old. When I found out I was pregnant it was so exciting, but what I was not ready for was the stretch marks and the awful body that came with it. My whole life I have been physically fit. […]

Depressed Over Saggy Breasts (Anonymous)

Age-22 Kids-2 one is 4 one is a year After my first son they went back to a more perkier state after a year and a half, I was 21. Now with my second baby, I’m still breastfeeding and hoping that’s what’s weighing down and sagging my breasts. I feel so ugly and unattractive and […]

My journey from flab to fab abs – I know I can do this! (Anonymous)

When I was only 18 y/o I had my first son at 10 pounds and 22 inches. I am only 5 ft. I gained 60 pounds and wound up with nasty stretch marks. I’m now pushing 23 and it has been 4 yrs since I’ve worn a bikini. I had my daughter in june 2012. […]

Update – Pregnant by choice, body fears reappear. (Anonymous)

Age 25 Pregnancies 2 One 5 year old and currently 18 weeks pregnant Previous post here. I was in top shape at 133 and toned and decided I wanted another baby. We are having another boy. And at 17 weeks I feel fat, and ugly… I fear that I will become depressed as I did […]

Healing and Hopeful (Kerry)

22 years old 2 pregnancies 2 births 3 years 11 months, and 13 months PP Most recent post here. I’ve posted a few entries in the past, here is one, the last one was almost 2 years ago. Reading back on my posts I read the things I was trying to convince myself to believe, […]

Love doesn’t work without intimacy; a lonely life is all I’ll have. (Anonymous)

Age- 23 Number of Pregnancies- 2 Ive came acrossed this site before, after I had my first son. I thought the stories on here were very emotional and touching.. Never did I think that one day I would be posting on here. I need to get it off of my chest, talk about it, maybe […]

Never felt more like a woman. (Jordan)

23 years old 3 pregnancies/2 births 14 months pp Previous post here. As mothers, our bodies may not look like they used to, but that’s OK. My body gave me my children and for that, I will be eternally grateful. It is a beautiful thing. Sure, Alot of woman may see their stretch marks, and […]

Update (Kathleen)

Previous post here. 14 months ago, I wrote a submission following the birth of my second son. Well, my baby boy just recently celebrated his first birthday, and it got me thinking about the memoir I wrote so many months ago. When I posted my story, I was, like many mothers, exhausted, adjusting to life […]

A Do-Over (Megan)

Previous post here. Age: I’m 25 Number of Pregnancies & Births: 2 Pregnancies & Two births (3.5 yrs & 3 weeks old) I was terrified to have another baby after my first. For all kinds of reasons: I didn’t want to get more stretchmarks (more! how would that even be possible?! I felt covered already.), […]

I have a not-so-depressed tummy now. (Claire)

2 pregnancy boys aged 4 and 2years 6 months. Previous post here. After alot of hard work ive lost a further 10lbs and currently weight 128lbs i wish i was 100% happy with the way i looked but i would still love to loose another 14lbs and tone up more before summer. All mums know […]

Second Pregnancy, Trying to Avoid the Mistakes – Update (Anonymous)

Previous entry here. My age: 25 Number of pregnancies and births: 3 pregnancies, 1 birth I have a 2 year old son and I am currently 23 weeks pregnant. Technically this is my third pregnancy since the second one ended after 9 weeks in a miscarriage, but I refer to it as my second pregnancy […]

Fit Mommy of Two (Janessa)

I am 27 years old and the proud mother of two sons, ages 1 and 3. They are 19 months apart so my body didn’t have much time to recover before getting pregnant the second time. I have always been into fitness but my weight did fluctuat during my pregnancy. My last pregnancy really stretched […]

Just Can’t Get Over It (Anonymous)

~Age: 25 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 1 birth ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 4 years I met my husband 6 years ago. We dated for 6 months before he proposed and then got married 6 months later. We then got pregnant just a month after getting […]

Gaining Self Confidance (Monique)

age 21, pregnancies 2, births 2, 2 yrs and PP 5 months When I got pregnant with my first child I was engaged to a man who was great. Supportive, loving, caring, everything you’d want in a man. About 6 months before our wedding date I stopped taking birth control thinking that it would take […]

Trying to get past my body and realize my blessings! (Anonymous)

Well I am a 20 year old mother of two beautiful baby girls. I got pregnant at 17 with my first and had her 4 months after I turned 18. I had my second beautiful baby girl in May 2012. The father of both my children, recently decided he doesn’t want to be with me […]

Second Birth, Second Chance (Colleen)

Previous post here. My Age: 28 I have two children, aged 3 years 3 months, and 7 weeks. Seven weeks ago I gave birth to my second daughter. She was my triumphant VBAC, and her birth healed the wound that my cesarean had left in my heart. My body is amazing; we knew what we […]

I love my babies, but hate my body and myself. (Very Insecure)

Age: 21 Number of pregnancies: 2 births: 2 My son is 1 yr and 3 months my daughter is almost 3 months (i know crazy!) I had both babies via cesarean births Hello, i am 1 month shy of turning 21 and although i did not imagine having kids this early they are my little […]

Two Months PP With #2 (Anonymous)

Number of children/births- 2 Age-23 Prepreg weight- 116 Postpreg weight- 129 Previous post here. I wasnt in a good place after my second post. I was struggling with my body after my husbands infidelity. Soon after that post I got pregnant with my second child, a girl. I was excited, but thought Oh Boy, here […]

Over Two Years Later and Another Baby – Update (Anonymous)

Original post here. It has been over two years since my first submission/story was posted on this wonderful site. My amazing son will soon turn five years old and he is still more than I could have ever hoped and wished for. My husband is still active duty in the Marine Corps and we endured […]

Healing Scars (Brandi)

Brandi, 25, 2 pregnancies, 2 births, 3yo and 2mo In 2005 I got married. It was a whirlwind romance and being 18 I was certain I was in love. He was kind, affectionate, everything you expect to find in your prince charming. We met in Febuary and were married in December. Less than 6 months […]

My Body and I (Anonymous)

Age 24 2 children ages 7 and 3 One natural (no drugs! Woot!) One emergency c-section I have always had body issues. Thanks to my mother’s ex boyfriend of 5 years I was led to believe I was grotesque. How naive I was. At 5’8 and 135 lbs I was perfect. I got pregnant with […]

Motherhood (Anonymous)

Ive been following SOAM for a few years and always just reading but I decided I might as well participate. Lets see…I developed quite early and was always very down about myself for having bigger breasts and wider hips. I thought it was weird, and almost felt like thats how people knew me as. When […]

Gaining Acceptance and a Little Appreciation (Anonymous)

Number of pregnancies/births: 2/2 Currently 3 weeks pp: weighing 166 pounds Weight before pregnancy #2: 155 pounds Weight on delivery day (40 weeks prego) 194 pounds Height: 5’10″ After my first pregnancy I realized soon into my pp days that I was “cursed” with this saggy, wrinkly skin and horrendous stretch marks. I was convinced […]

Body Image Issues; My Partner Gives No Support (Anonymous)

Age: 27 # of pregnancies: 2 # of births: 2 Children’s ages: 21 months and 2 months First off, I think I may be having symptoms of part partum depression, but I’m not sure. I know I should talk to my doctor, but I don’t want to be put on medication. My issues don’t affect […]

Not Quite What I Expected! (Anonymous)

Age: 21 Number of births and pregnancies: 2 Age of my children: 3 yrs and 18 months. At the age of four I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis or JRA for short. At the age of twelve both my parents and I were told that I would never have children. They said that my […]

Trying to be confidant the way I am. (Erin)

Age: 22 2 pregnancies, 2 births 12 months postpartum I was/am a young mom, I got pregnant at 19 and 145 lbs. (a few months earlier I was closer to 125 but had gained some weight after moving away from home) I gained 50 lbs and it took me 11 months to get back to […]

Update (Anonymous)

Previous post here. age: 23 pregnancies:2 births: 2 age of children: 2 and 3 It has been a little over a year since I have posted on TSOAM and it had been one heck of a year. After I posted my first entry and reading some inspiring stories on here, I have decided that I […]

In my golden days – a butter face at best. (Anonymous)

I’m 21 years old, I have two kids. One just turned 2years old, while the other just turned 8months a few days ago. Both natural births, pretty much perfect the only good thing. I was only actually pushing for 10 minutes with the first baby and 5minutes with second baby, my labors were a breeze. […]

Trying to be Patient: With My Body and My Husband (Anonymous)

~Age: 27 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 home births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 4 weeks PP I am 4 weeks to the day PP with my second pregnancy. And like with my first pregnancy I don’t have much to show for it. During the course […]

Young Mother of Two, Nearly Six Years Postpartum (Anonymous)

Age: 28 Pregnancies: 2 Births: 2, both vaginal. I have 1 girl age 9 and 1 boy age 5. Nearly 6 years postpartum. Height & weight: 5’1 3/4 (those 3/4 totally count) & 124lbs. Like many of you here, I’ve never liked my body. I was a teen mother, pregnant at 18. Before I had […]


number of pregnancies : 2 age :25 five years pp I’m a twenty five year old mom with a well worn tummy that carried my beautiful blue eyed babies. I can honestly say I wouldn’t trade this body in for another. I hope more mommies can learn to love their bodies even if they aren’t […]

Mid-Thirties Mom of Two (Anonymous)

2 pregnancies, 2 births 3 years post-partum Pregnancy was harder on my mind than on my body. I hated that my body was no longer my own to do with as I pleased. Post-partum, I hated that breastfeeding completely changed the look of my breasts, leaving me lopsided. I was resentful every time I looked […]

It’s a Fair Trade (Anonymous)

~ Age: 27 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 3 pregnancies, 2 births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2 year old and 6 month old I love my life! I have an amazing, supportive husband and two adorable little boys who I get to spend everyday with as a stay-at-home-mom. […]

Afraid of Second Pregnancy (Anonymous)

First: I am very grateful for this site, it has helped me so much to accept my body. Second: I’m not a native English speaker, I’m trying my best but don’t be surprised if you find some mistakes. Age: 25 Pregnancies: 2 Births: 1 18 months pp, 7 weeks pregnant I was 22 when I […]

Motherly Beauty (Rachel)

21 1 daughter (18m) and trying for another I am a 21 year old mother of an 18 month old baby girl. I came upon this site while searching what to expect of your body after having a second child, as my husband and I are trying for our second. Before becoming pregnant I had […]

Learning to work at my body and love how I got here. Wanting to give hope to other mommies out there. (Kelly)

I am a 31 year old mother of 2 little girls ages 5 and 2. Before I had my first daughter I weighed about 135lbs and I am 5’9″, I was athletic and in great shape…..with my first daughter at the time I thought I looked horrible and worked very hard to get back to […]

My insecurity about my body turns me into The Hulk (Katrina)

Age: 25 Pregnancies: 2 Births: 2; 1 Ceasarean/ 1 VBAC 2 daughters; almost 3 years old and 9 months 9 months PP Hi Everyone! I’m new to SOAM. I only discovered the site 2 days ago, and I was already hooked. Reading all of your stories has been an inspiration and a newfound comfort for […]

Earned Stripes (Marie)

Age: nearly 23 Pregnancies : 2 Children: 5year old daughter-23 weeks pregnant currently expecting a girl This is my second time posting on the shape of a mother…and I love this site. It is beautiful to read the story’s of different women and mothers and feel like I know them personally… Last time I posted […]

Three Years Later – Almost (Bryana)

Age: 24 (25 in August) Pregnancies: 3 (2 births, 1 miscarriage) Childrens Ages: Rayden 6 & Cairo 2 (3 on June 23) Post Partum: 2 years 11 months Almost 3 years ago I gave birth to my daughter, and my last child. The last 3 years have been nothing short of amazing and wonderful. I […]

Still Struggling, but Starting to Accept It (Autumn)

Age:21 almost 22 Previous Post here. Pregancies: 2, Births: 2 Boys. Hi My name Autumn and This is my Second Post, Its been Alil over 2 years since I last posted. Theres alot to update on My last post was in October 2010, I was 8 months pp with my first son, A month later […]

Bikini Season (Monica)

14 months postpartum Mother of 3 year old and 14 month old I came across this site after the birth of my first child. I was going through postpartum depression and it felt like everyone was pointing out my new mommy body and weight. This site made me feel so much better but still I […]

155 (Colleen)

Previous submission here. My age: 28 I have had one birth so far, and am 22 weeks pregnant with my second. My daughter is 2 years and 9 months old. I was 155 pounds when I posted my first entry, 3 weeks after my daughter was born. I was optimistic about losing 15 pounds. I […]

The Before, During, and After of My Belly (Anonymous)

age 28 number pregnancies: 1 pregnant 25 weeks with next I have always been pretty active and fit, I was 26 when I got pregnant with my son, it was unexpected and my husband and I had only been together for 6 months at the time. I tried and tried to avoid the stretch marks […]

Where is my Self-Confidance? (Anonymous)

I am 24 years old. I have two children, 2 1/2 and 9 months old now. I met my husband back in 2007, he deployed for a year and then we began dating in July 2008. After three months we moved in together and after 8 months I was pregnant. It was unplanned as I […]

Trying to Cope (Claire-Bee)

ok so I’m a 24yr old mother of two, a 3 1/2 yr old and a 21month old. Both c-sections and both almost 10lbs each. It has been a rough journey to start. I was a size 9 with amazing abs. With my first I tried every cream on the market still got stretch marks. […]

The Road Map of California (Miss Jones)

I got pregnant young; I guess not as young as some mothers I know, but 18 is still a child in my mind. I was ready though. I had been forced to grow up quickly because of home-life circumstances. When I got pregnant I was a nice 120 pounds. I had a nice taught and […]

Pregnancies shouldn’t be this difficult. (Shelby)

Are you ready for this? Okay, so I was a Virgin until I met the father of my children, I was 18, he was 21.. We wore condoms religiously until it broke one time and after i didnt get pregnant we really didnt worry. So, a year goes by and we just thought maybe one […]

My belly used to be happy, now it’s sad. (Claire)

AGE 24 Pregnancies 2 Little boys 3YRS AND 2YRS Natural births As a 24 year old woman i have never really remembered a time when i looked in the mirror and thought i look really good and been 100% happy with my body. I remember being 16 years old at school and hating my weight […]

The Stranger in the Mirror (Miserable)

Before my first pregnancy in 2008 I was relatively slim: 9 stone 7 lbs ( 133 pounds in American money!) although I don’t think I carried it well as I’m short: 5′ 3″, and I’ve always had a big bottom and wide hips, but even so I was in fairly good shape. I was a […]

Learning to Love (Jill)

It makes me angry how much pressure society puts on women to look perfect at all times, even after bearing a baby. Instead of being proud of growing a life we turn to hate and fail to see the immense beauty that has taken place. Our bodies brought new life into this world and that […]

Learning to Move On (Anonymous)

Age 22 2 children – 4 year old and a 6 month old. I came across this site by accident. It came at the right time as the night before I’d opened up to my partner for the first time about my hatred for the way I look. I’ll start from the beginning of my […]

Three Years Later (Christina)

Age-31years Number of Pregnancies/Births-2 Children Aged 5 and 3..sooo postpartum 3years. So, I came across this website sometime in the last three years. I have glanced at it over time and read some of the submissions. I have hated my body, been disgusted, even resented my children at times for causing my body such changes. […]

Scared to Gain Weight (Anonymous)

I’m 21 years old and I’ve struggled with both anorexia and bulimia since I was 17 years old. I was about 120 when I got pregnant with my first pregnancy I gained about 45 pounds throughout the nine months, and I hated being so big, but since I never ate before my body held on […]

Wishing for a flatter tummy. (Anonymous)

I am a proud mother of 2 handsome boys. My first is 2 years old and my youngest is 7 months. After my having my first son when I was 19 I was very self conscious about my body. I remember looking in the mirror a few days after giving birth and I couldn’t believe […]

21 With 2 Babies (Anonymous)

I’m 21 years old with 2 beautiful little boys. My oldest is 2 and my youngest is 5 months. That makes me 5 months postpartum. I breastfed my oldest for 9 months and am currently still breast feeding my 5 month old. I am still adjusting to my body there are somedays when I feel […]

Update: A Year Later and Making Progress (Luisa)

Age-25 2 children 2, 4 After searching ‘bodies after baby’ I came across this site and posted photos of my body (left photos) a month shy of a year ago. Even though I still felt huge, unlike myself and down about my body…the comments that were posted made me feel so much better. Throughout this […]

Pregnant With My Second and Overweight (Anonymous)

Being pregnant with my second child n overweight I feel awful im 19 n weigh 260lbs my daughter passed away last year due to rsv as a mom I feel I have nothing to show for having my shape of body my boyfriend loves me but why is it I cant love myself?!?!

Face of a Single Prayer (Allyshia)

age: 17. Pregnancies: 2 // births: 1 and 1 on the way! Age of children: 13 months and 9 weeks pregnant I was 15, struggling through anorexia and I was 78 lbs. I was 4’10″ and still am at the moment! I was about 87 lbs at the time I conceived my daughter and my […]

Second Baby, 9 Pounds 13 Ounces – Update (Anonymous)

Previous entry here. I am now 4 months postpartum, after my second child. I was 1 week overdue when I had him and I knew he would be a big boy. I had terrible pelvic symphysis pain with him. I couldn’t roll over in bed and by the time I was 40 weeks along, I […]

Daring to Bikini (Jen)

-37 years old, two pregnancies, children 5 and 7, divorced last year -also a postpartum doula and freelance writer who spends most of her professional life writing about motherhood and encouraging new moms to be strong, proud, and confident, in both their instincts and their physical changes My children were my lifeline through what turned […]

I Love My Marks (Charlotte)

mom of an 18 month old and 20weeks pregnant with the second! I was very shocked to find out when I was pregnant with my son. Mostly because I found out just 8 days before he was born! My boyfriend and I were panicked to say the very least. I didn’t have a single symptom, […]

Learning to Accept My Body (Emily)

I was 21 when I became pregnant with my first son. It took us almost a year to conceive him and I had developed worries that I might be infertile. When we found out we were pregnant I was so relived and a overjoyed we would be able to have children. I had a beautiful […]

Breastfeeding Breasts and Mommy Belly (Anonymous)

My name is Susan I am 32, and have two babies. My daughter is 2 and my son is 10 months. I nursed my daughter for 12 months and I am currently nursing my 10 month old. They were both full term and healthy natural births. Ive always been thin. Iam petite, just 115lbs and […]


Okay girls I am 25 years old 5’4 and 165 wretched pounds. I have had two beautiful daughters one will be 4 in Aug and the other is 6 months. They are my life along with my amazing husband. He makes it a point to tell me how beautiful I look everyday although I beg […]

I Feel So Insecure (Rebecca)

age: 20 pregnancies: 2 births: 2 children: 2 girls aged 4 and 10 weeks PP: 10 weeks Keywords: second pregnancy, belly, normal delivery, stretch marks,breastfeeding. “My body has changed so much”. Thats the first thing that crosses my mind when i look at my body in the mirror. Nothing will ever make my body the […]

“I don’t care what I have as long as it’s healthy.” (Shannon)

Previous posts: Missing my baby boy and expecting my second. 5 Weeks PP Second Baby 2.5 Months Postpartum, Second Cesarean in 2.5 Years 6 Months PP Update 15 Months PP Update I Need Some Help Age: 25 Pregnancies & Births: 2 pregnancies and 2 cesareans How far pp: Connor would be 5.5 and Liam is […]

8 months pregnant with second daughter. (Proudmama)

Previous posts here, here and here. Age: 32 Number of pregnancies: Second pregnancy, 33 weeks along at time of writing this. First child is 27 months. The last time I updated, I had just found out I was pregnant with baby #2. Now I am thrilled to say that I’m 33 weeks along with my […]

How did you get comfortable with your new physical self? (MK)

I read about all of the women who have gone from being in shape, looking great and feeling good to looking like a “mother.” I read about how you are now comfortable and accepting of your new “beautiful” self. I am not as strong as you are. I want to be where you are mentally […]

My Body is Alive and Ever-Changing (Tessa)

Tessa – 21 years old, mother to a 2 year old, and expecting another little boy in April 2012! This is my third entry. Two previous entries, here and here. My last entry I had decided to do something about my unhappiness with my body. I was 16 months post partum and I realized it […]

B/G Twins, 4 1/2 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

2 pregnancies 2 c-sections 3 kids 2 1/2 yr old girl 4 1/2 month B/G twins My age: 30 I am 30 years old. I had my first daughter at age 27. She was 8 1/2 lbs, born by c-section due to my hips being narrow and the risk of her getting stuck. I chose […]

The Before, During, and After of My Belly (Anonymous)

age 28 number pregnancies: 1 pregnant 25 weeks with next I have always been pretty active and fit, I was 26 when I got pregnant with my son, it was unexpected and my husband and I had only been together for 6 months at the time. I tried and tried to avoid the stretch marks […]

Don’t Buy the One-Piece Swimsuit (Kyla)

I am 23 years old, my daughters are 18 months and 3 1/2 months. I was very lucky to have two, as my midwife said, ‘boring’ pregnancies without any complications or issues. I gained just under 20 lbs in each pregnancy, and it was all baby-weight and I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight very […]

Irish twins and a body that will never be the same (Anonymous)

Age: 24 Number of Pregnancies: 2, Births 2 I have always been very skinny, being a gymnast I basically lived in a gym. I did gymnastics in college, which is were I met my husband. I got pregnant with my first child my jr year of college. She was a surprise as I had an […]

Growth (Anonymous)

Previous post here. Age: 32 Number of pregnancies and births: Three pregnancies. Two births. Number of Children: Two children. Ages 4.5 and 1.5 All photos have been taken 16 months after the birth of my second child. I feel compelled to post here again because of how the site has grown. Because of how I […]

Finally Coming to Terms with My Body (TMB)

Growing up, I was always the skinny girl. As a teenager, I was 5’7″ and weighed 114 lbs. I never worked for it, I was just always skinny. I was a late bloomer so when I finally got curves and boobs, I loved wearing tight clothes and nothing made me happier than being able to […]

Baby Fever is Real (Serenity)

Picture 1 is me and baby #1 at 1 month Picture 2 is me and baby #2 at 6 months Picture 3 is me and both boys baby #2 is 1 wk (not a great picture, but one I am proud of) and finally Picture 4 is an old family picture. Good morning. I am […]

14 Months Postpartum After Second Birth (R)

Previous post here. Name: R. Age: 29 Number of births and pregnancies: 2 pregnancies, 2 births (both natural, vaginal) Postpartum: 14 months since the youngest’s birth I had my first child 2 1/2 years ago. I had laproscopic gall bladder removal surgery at 6 weeks postpartum. At 11 months postpartum, I got pregnant with my […]

I Just Don’t Feel Good Anymore (Tawnya)

Age: 20 Number of births: 1 Age of child: 1 year My name is Tawnya, I just turned 20 and I’m a mother of a beautiful 1 yr old girl. I was 120lbs before I got pregnant, I was in a size 3. I gained 80lbs during my pregnancy. I’m just struggling with the way […]

Update – Uterine Prolapse (Tosha)

Previous post here. 23 years old 2 pregnancies 2 births (boys 2 &4) 2 years postpartum I have finally learned to accept my body as it is. It has brought 2 healthy happy little boys into my life & I wouldn’t trade them for the best body in the world. I’m tired of wasting my […]

Bulimic and Breastfeeding (Linda)

First off I want to say that I am overjoyed that I found this website, it has already helped me to start the healing process. Secondly, please forgive me as I have a lot to say and this post may be all over the place, hopefully at the end I can tie it all together. […]

24 Year Old Mom of Two Boys (Anonymous)

Age: 24 Number of births: 2 2 boys, Age 2 & a half & 3 months. This is my body 3 months after having my SECOND son. Both births I experienced were vaginal & natural. My first son weighed 7lbs 10oz. Second weighed 8lbs 9oz. I gained about 60lbs during both pregnancies. I weighed about […]

My New Perspective (Amy)

~Age: 28 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: Baby #1: 2 years. Baby #2: 6 months Here I am. Almost six months after the birth of my second daughter. Complete with stretch marks, sagging skin, extra weight, and everything just…misplaced, for lack of a […]

Stretch Marks and All (limiwa)

Age: 27 Pregnancies: 3 (miscarried 2nd pregnancy at 10 weeks) Births: 2 Children: boy 8 years, girl 3 years I just found this site a few weeks ago, and have found such comfort in the stories and pictures I have read and seen so far. Every woman has a story to tell, each as important […]

Not Comfortable in My Skin AT ALL! (Nat)

~Age: 26 ~Number of pregnancies and births:2 pregnancies 2 births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: oldest is a 7 year old boy youngest a 3 year old daughter I came upon your site last night as I was watching a documentary on Discovery home and health channel about moms […]

I Hate My Belly (Anonymous)

I stumbled across this website by luck. I was trying to search the internet for any type of helpful suggestions on how to “fix” my post baby belly and came across an article that mentioned this website. I’m 24 years old and just had my second baby 8 weeks ago. I have a son who […]

38 Weeks and Growing (Katie)

Hi all! I love this website as I have always been so curious to see what other pregnant bellies look like. It is so fascinating to see the many different ways we grow as women during our pregnancy journeys. I agree with the philosophy of the woman who created this site, that the changes motherhood […]

2 Boys, 1 Stretchy Belly (Becky)

Age: 25 Kids: 2 Boys, aged 4.5 and 2.5 I am not going to get into a huge, long story. Many other women have been through a lot more, and deserve to be heard. I just want to say…I LOVE MY BODY! It took me 5 years total to get to this point, and I […]

Learning to Surrender (Anonymous)

30 years old, two pregnancies one birth. Currently 8 months pregnant. 15 month old daughter. I used to be a dancer and circus performer and suffered with eating disorders, self harmed and abused alcohol for many many years. By the time I reached 25 I had recovered and was able to maintain a normal and […]

Hating My Body (Anonymous)

2 Births 6 weeks Postpartum Hey everyone. First of all let me just say I LOVE this website. It helps to see everyone else is struggling with their body image and acceptance just like I am. I have had 2 awesome kids. I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and now a 6 week […]

I feel like a stranger in my own skin! (Anonymous)

I am 24, and I really dislike my body! I don’t feel like the same person,I feel like a stranger in my own skin! It is always on my mind. Its my saggy breasts that feel “deflated!”and my striped jelly belly. I hide my belly, my butt, my thighs, almost everything from my husband and […]

It’s the Journey (Anonymous)

“It’s the journey” is what I tell myself. I’m 27 years old and feel so…old. I have a four year old and a 15 month old and have been breastfeeding for a total of four years now. When I was a young girl, middle school age, I remember women telling me (lots of women) to […]

My Story (Anonymous)

23yrs old –postpartum 8 months. Angel Jae born to heaven, mum of girl and boy, step mum of girl and boy. I found myself thinking back as I watched my sick child in deep slumber in the early hours of this morning. I couldn’t remember the life I had before one, then three, then four […]

Mommy Belly (Sarah)

I’m 26 with 3 pregnancies, 2 births. I have a 4 year old son and 5 months and 2 week old daughter. I was 21 when I had my first child and I weighed 150 pre pregnancy, I wasn’t the skinniest I have ever been but I liked the way my body looked. I wore […]

Mom of Two (Kirsty)

Number of pregnancies -2 Number of births- 2 Births Age of my children- 8 & 5 Age- 31 I have visited this site numerous times over the years and shared it with many moms. I love seeing all the different stories and struggles because it makes you feel somewhat normal. I gave birth to my […]

Is My Weight Loss on Track?? (Krissy)

Hi other moms! Well I guess the best way to start is always at the begginning… When I was 20 I got pregnant with my first child. My prepregnancy weight was 125 and was a barely even A cup… when i went in to have our daughter i was 206 pds. (I carried 4 weeks […]

I Control My Body, My Body Does Not Control Me! (Danielle)

My age: 35 Number of children: 2 – Daughter 3yrs, Son 5 months No one ever told me anything about what happens after pregnancy – the fatigue, depression, mood swings, bleeding for weeks, body changes – the list goes on. I was prepared for my baby, but not prepared for what pregnancy did to me. […]

I Feel Hideous (Anonymous)

age: 22 pregnancies:2 births: 2 age of children: 2 and 1 (on june 29th) I’ve been reading stories here on TSOAM for awhile now. And I have finally gotten the courage to write the self-image struggle I am going through right now. I was raised by a materialistic mother where looks, glamour, and fashion were […]

2 Babies, Body Unscathed (Anonymous)

I wish to submit these photos to share to give some women hope and prove that pregnancy doesn’t “ruin” your body – I am in no way trying to “brag.” These pictures are of me 3 years after two babies, 6 years apart. I was 24 with first baby and 30 with the 2nd. So, […]

Will Anyone Love this Body Again? (Rebecca)

In December of 2007 I got pregnant with my son, I was 23 years old. My then husband deployed when I was 17 weeks pregnant and I went back to live with my parents for 4 months. I didn’t have a job, I was sad because my husband was gone, I was lonely and completely […]

Surfin’ Mama (Gia)

Age: 39 2 boys ages 5 years and 10 months 10 months post partum I have a scar on my calf. It is thin and whitened with age, and every year that passes it fades just a little bit more. That makes me sad, because I love this scar. I loved it even more when […]

Disappointed (Anonymous)

Original post here. children: 5 yrs, 2 yrs Today I was looking at soam and noticed the NYC newspaper had done a column on Soam I read it and continued on to read the comments. I cried, I come to this sight when I am feeling low and need to see and hear people I […]

In Love with Stretch Marks (Jesi)

Age: 19 Number of Pregnancies/Births: 2 (1 birth and currently 15 weeks with second) Age of Children: 9 months; 15 weeks pregnant I have a loving relationship with my stretch marks… They show that I have created a child and am currently creating another one. Sometimes I do long for that “normal” fit 19 year […]

The Thoughts that Plague (Elizabeth Ashby)

age 22 2 pregnancies and children aged 3 1/2 and 10mnths I had split up with my boyfriend 2 weeks before I found out I was 8 weeks pregnant with my first daughter. Before the pregnancy I had never been over 50kg in my life (I am 5ft 1in). I smoked 50cigarrettes a day, smoked […]

Happy… This is Who I Am (Bryana)

Previous posts here, here, and here. I’ve written on here many times before. Each time a progress report or a pep talk. Each time has been therapeutic and refreshing; taking a few minutes to reflect solely on myself and my feelings of myself. It’s not often we take time to acknowledge ourselves as women, not […]

Want Another Baby, But Worried About Body Image After (Laura)

Age 28 Pregnancies: 2 Births: 2 ages 8 and 6 I had both my kids by the time i was 21 years old. My son is 8 and my daughter is 6. After having my daughter I was so worried about getting pregnant again and I hated the way my body looked with all my […]

I Found My Beautiful (Jessa)

Previous post here. Age: 23 Number of pregnancies and births: 2, 2 Age of children: 3 (next month) and 10 months I know my previous post had that confident vibe, but most days the confidence and acceptance of my body just isn’t there. The other day I was very discouraged about my shape. It had […]

I Love My Body…With Clothes ON! (Anonymous)

I found out I was pregnant with my first child when I was 19 years old. I was extremely excited but of course I was scared about what was to come. I was actually anxious to start to show…that didn’t happen until I was 6 months. Then I exploded like a hot air balloon. In […]

I Rock, Size 00 or Not (Katy)

I rock, size 00 or not I had a special photo shoot done with Gretchen McFarland Photography for a surprise birthday present for the Pilot. Family members may not want to look. I have always been a pretty confident person. I also don’t have a lot of shame and for the most part could care […]

On How I Bought My Baby (Elizabeth)

Originally posted on Elizabeth’s blog, Queen E The Third. I’m just going to come right out and say it. Before having kids? I was a hot piece of ass. Of course I didn’t see it then, but boy, do I see it now. I would give my first born to have the body of 19 […]


My boyfriend and I weren’t together long when I found out about our first daughter. We were young, scared yet estatic about the news. I was 145 lbs when I first found out I was pregnant. I’m 5’5, so I wasn’t super thin, but I was happy with how I looked. I was diagnosed with […]

Starting to Love My Body Again – Update (Anonymous)

Original entry here. So have been working very hard for the past month and am now actually 5 lbs. lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight!!!! Feeling wonderful and loving the way i look!!! Age: 25 Number of pregnancies/births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births About 20 months postpartum Pic 1&2: about 20 weeks postpartum pic 3&4: about 20 […]

Confidant… Most Days (February Mama)

I am so grateful to be able to identify myself as a Mother. My DH and I struggled for 14 months to conceive our first child, Ethan. We tried to get pregnant on our own for many months before turning to a fertility clinic for help. After tons of testing we were diagnosed with “unexplained […]

Will I Ever Feel Comfortable in My Body Again? (Anonymous)

I have two beautiful children who I love with ALL of my heart, but I hate the way my body has changed since having them. I often hear people say, “I love my stretch marks because when I look at them I am reminded of my children” I don’t look at it that way at […]

My New Body (Ashleigh)

I have been cruel to my new body, berating it, resenting it, and comparing it to my “old” body. Which I yearn for every time my husband looks at me, every time I catch a glimpse of my own reflection. I tend to forget the level of contempt I held for my “old” body when […]

My New Tattoos (Anonymous)

Age: 31 2 pregnancies/2 c-sections 20 months and 2 months When I made my first submission I was in a great place and had finally accepted my new body. I was pregnant a month later (the first time we had unprotected sex) and enjoyed my second pregnancy just as much as the first – there’s […]

Widowed, But Never Alone (Anonymous)

Age: 22 Number of births: 2 Ages: 4 years and 2 years I had my first son when I was seventeen. It took almost two years before I decided to change anything about myself as I weighed almost fifty pounds more then I had before pregnancy. Shortly after getting my body back I lost my […]

Beautiful Blessings (Leah)

I am 23 years old and expecting my third baby. My children are 1 and 8 months apart ,I have two girls and I’m praying for a little boy. My first pregnancy was a natural birth that lasted 5 hrs. and my second pregnancy was an emergancy c-section. I love my doctor I have the […]

Young Mom to Two Gifts (Kathryn)

I had my sons close together my oldest will be 2 in June 6/16/09 3:16pm 6 pounds 6 ounces 21 inches long! My pregnancy with him was horrible I was nauseous from 6 weeks up until I delivered at 39w 2d I threw up frequently but really didn’t loose much weight oddly. I had him […]

Birth is a privilege and every scar is a testament of what we’ve been through and it’s made us who we are (Simone)

I went through my first pregnancy comparing my damaged body to all the other women I believed came out of it completely unscathed! It seemed like just about everyone had a washboard unblemished stomach just weeks after giving birth. It took me a long time to accept my post pregnancy body and to realise it […]

6 Months Postpartum and Still Healing (Jillyn)

I am posting my postpartum pictures here of my body after my second pregnancy. My previous post is here. This pregnancy came a bit unexpected for my husband and I. After the birth and death of our first daughter we planned to wait a year before TTC again. But just 6 months postpartum we found […]

To Love Thyself (Jessa)

Age: 23 Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births Age of children: almost 3, 8 months I have never loved my body. I was a skinny child, but I never paid attention to my body at that age. By the time I actually became ‘self-aware’ and started nit-picking about my appearance, I had […]

2 Kids and Body Afterwards (Heather)

I had my first son at age 19. I was 115 pounds and a size three. In my pregnancy I went up to 198 pounds. My body never went to normal. For while i stayed at 165 pounds. Stretch marks on my inner legs ouuter upper legs vigina, boobs love handles belly almost every where […]

Starting to Love My Body Again (Anonymous)

I am 25 years old and have two beautiful little boys. I hated my body after my first child and finally got the weight off when he was about 1 1/2 yrs, only to find out the week that i reached my goal weight that i was pregnant with my second. I was so happy […]

27 with 2 kids, 1 c-section and dealing with the scar left behind (Marie P.)

I am currently 27 and 3 months and 1 week post c-section. I have 2 children a 5 year old and now a 3 month old. My son was a c-section and needless to say I, like other women have had struggles with my new body and scarring. Our bodies not only change but they […]

Tummy Struggles (Anonymous)

~Age: 27 years old ~Number of pregnancies and births: Two ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 3 and 2 years old, both born by c-section. Every day I look in the mirror and feel a wee bit sad, I have a miss-shaped belly button, scaring in my belly button from […]

Accepting Change (Anonymous)

Age: 26 Number of pregnancies 3, Number of births: 2 Kids ages: 10 and 4 months 4 months postpartum I was 16 when I had my daughter. Before I had gotten pregnant I was 116 lbs. Quickly after I gave birth, I returned to 116 lbs. I got a few stretch marks and dealt with […]

I Am Beautiful (Julie)

I got pregnant at 18. I had a amaing little boy who weighed 10 pounds, and I myself, gained 98 pounds. I have stretch marks from the back of my legs to my breast. I felt so ugly, so ashamed and ruined. I thought I was a freak and lost who I was as a […]

Blooming Second Pregnancy (Anonymous)

This is my second pregnancy and I am 33 weeks now and as with my first pregnancy I am absolutely massive. I am a proud 32 year old mummy of a lovely 6 year old girl delivered via emergency c section and hoping for a natural birth this time round. Must admit not relishing the […]

38 Weeks, 4 Days (Bethany Actually)

Originally posted over at back in November. I’ve said it more than once: I don’t do belly shots. I’m grateful to have had two healthy pregnancies. I have seen too many friends and relatives struggle with infertility and grieve over ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages to ever take my relative ease in getting pregnant and […]

The Perfect Food, Not Quite the Perfect Packaging (Anonymous)

Age: 30 # of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births Ages of children: 3 and 9 months When my first daughter was born she showed a clear preference for my right breast to nurse from. When she began biting ‘lefty’ terribly to the point of bleeding I decided to nurse her exclusively from my […]

Two Beautiful Babies, One Beautiful Mommy (Mary V)

Age: 24 Pregnancies/Births: 2/2 Children: 2yrs, 4yrs I have been up and down over the last few years, blogging on this site has helped me so much. This morning I went to the gym, I go 3 days a week for 2 hours each day. As kickboxing was about to begin the instructor and I […]

Progress, Not Perfection (Anonymous)

First of all, I would just like to say that I love this website, and I have visited it nearly everyday since I found it. It is truly amazing the giant gap between the body images we are fed in the media and the REALITY of what healthy women really look like. But of course, […]

Here We Go Again (Anonymous)

Previous submission here. My age: 31 Number of Pregnancies: 2 Children: 21 months and 1 month 4 weeks post partum I was surprised to find myself covered in stretch marks at the end of my eighth month of pregnancy. My previous submission shows an almost blemish free belly. Yet I am not upset about them, […]

Am I the only one? (Randi)

~Age: 20 ~Number of pregnancies and births: two pregnancies. One still birth at 22 weeks pregnant. One live birth. ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: son Jacob is 15months old. So 15 months pp. I have always wanted to be a mother. Not necessarily get pregnant at a young age […]

Has it been 4 years already? (Amanda)

Age: 21 Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage, 1 birth Child’s Age: 4 years I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already. My body has done some amazing things! When I got pregnant, I was only 17. Like most 17 year olds, I had a nice cute little perfect body. (Of course […]

Uterine Prolapse (Tosha)

2 pregnancies 2 births 13 months PP I am a 22 year old wife and mother to a great husband and 2 wonderful little boys. I have never been extremely happy w/ my body even though I’ve always been on the small side it makes me sick to look @ old pics b/f kids when […]

My Kids Are What Matters (HayleyK)

I struggled for 5 years to get pregnant in the first place. After two surgeries and 3 rounds of fertility treatments (all the while dealing with my husband’s deployment to Iraq), we got pregnant with our first born. The pregnancy was easy, the birth hard. But we had our miracle. Then miraculously we got blessed […]

Will I ever have the confidence to show myself? (Anonymous)

Age 20 2 children – 11 months PP Hello! I am 20, I have two children, my eldest is 3 in May, my youngest is 1 in Feb… I have recently split with their dad and it has left me feeling very self consious. I don’t know how any man will ever find me attractive!! […]

I Need Some Help (Shannon)

Previous entries here: Missing My Baby Boy 5 Weeks PP 2.5 Months PP 6 Months PP 15 Month PP I have posted on here 4 times already…and my last post was just a 1.5 months ago…but I need some help from you fellow Mamas…I feel so horrible about my body. I want to love it […]

Ups and Downs (Anonymous)

31 years old kids ages 5 and 3 I am 5’2 and 125 currently.Previous to kids my weight was about 120-125.I am happy with my weight finally after 3 years! My first pregnancy I was all day sick for the first 3 months but after that things went well.Had a 7Ib 12oz baby but vaginal […]

My Ever-Changing Body (Ashley)

Age 24 3 pregnancies 2 births Children- 4.5 and 16 months It all started when I was 19 years old. I found out I was pregnant with our daughter sometime during the end of August 2005. I was around 140-145 before I got pregnant with her and gained 51 pounds during my pregnancy, she was […]

My Fiancee Loves My Womanly Body – Update (Anonymous)

Original post here. It has been almost 4 weeks. I am doing much better about tracking my foods and being realistic on what I want vs what I need. It is difficult but empowering when I say no to eating at 10 pm with my fiancé. He has been very supportive though and says he […]

22 and 2 Kids Later (Jenny)

My children are definately the best things to ever happen to me. I first got pregnant right before my 19th birthday and had a beautiful 8 lb baby boy. Before i got pregnant i only weighed 97 lbs and ended up 139 lbs when i gave birth. After i had him it didnt take too […]

Loving my babies and hating my body (Anonymous)

PREGNANCIES/BIRTHS: 2/2 (currently 10 weeks PP) I have two beautiful kids. My daughter is 19 months and my son is 2.5 months. I love them more than anything else in the world, and I would never trade them for anything. That being said, I absolutely hate my body. I can’t even look in the mirror […]

Is that a football in your belly? No, it’s just extra skin. (Erin)

My age: 34 # of pregnancies and births: 2, both by c-section Children ages: almost 4 and almost 2 I’m not a tall woman. I stand at only 5′ 1/2″. I feel like I’ve always struggled with my weight. I have always worn C-D bra sizes, so I’ve always been pretty “gifted” in that area. […]

Two More Photos and an Apology (Anonymous)

Original entry here. Just wanted to add these pics which better show the saggies and stretchmarks. All the pics except the pregnancy one were taken at about 6 months pp from my second child, the two most recent taken when I was lying down. I feel like I have offended people and I want people […]

My Fiancee Loves My Womanly Body (Anonymous)

Some days I feel like a beautiful Greek statue. I am 5’2″ and 190 lbs. I am afraid to lose wt bc I like being soft but I need to get down to 145 for my health and confidence. I am the mother of Irish twins and they are 10 mos apart. I got stretch […]

Update Baby #2 (Anonymous)

Previous entries here and here. Since my last entry I have had another baby! My little girl was born 4 days early so that was exciting for us and she weighed 7 lbs 4 oz. With my first pregnancy I gained 55 pounds and found it took alot of hard work to get my body […]

10 Years Isn’t Always Enough (Christine-Y)

age – 24 2 pregnancies, 2 births 4 1/2 years, and 2 years. Well, I guess it starts with middle school. My ex-stepfather was an older man who was very manipulative. He mental abused my mom, and treated my brother & I worse. My mom would work 2 jobs, & he would gamble her money […]

Struggling With My New Body (Alexandra)

age: 19 2 pregnancies 1 birth 4 weeks postpartum pre-pregnancy 142 lbs delivery aprox 200 lbs current 170 lbs In October of ’09 my then boyfriend and I found out we were expecting. He proposed, and we planned the wedding for 2 weeks later. On Halloween I was at work and started spotting. I panicked […]

2 Kids in 2 Years (Anonymous)

Age: 26 5 months pp Children: 2, 5 months I am having a hard time adjusting to the new “me.” Everyone tells you that you can not imagine how changed your life will be after children, and it is, down to the smallest detail. Suddenly your time is not your own, your identity and worth […]

You’re Beautiful to Me (Angela)

~Age: 44 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 14 & 11 years old I find it ironic that I appreciate my body now more than I did when it was a relatively tight little thing in high school. I used to curse what I […]

Looking at My Future With Fear (Anonymous)

My age: 31 Number of pregnancies: 2 Age of my child: 18 months 31 weeks with second pregnancy I had made it to the ripe age of 28 without giving the though of having children the time of day. Then my husband broached the subject after his younger brother celebrated the arrival of his second […]

Happy on the Outside (DeAnna)

I am the mother of 2 gorgeous children. I am 22 years old. I had my daughter at age 19. I always had a very cute figure so the sudden change my body took after having my daughter left me in a horrible postpartum depression. I had horrible stretch marks covering my stomach. I started […]

11 Months Postpartum/ Mother of Two (Irie Mama)

I got pregnant when I was sixteen and had my first child at the age of 17. I was so unprepared for what pregnancy was going to do to my body! I ended up gaining 50 pounds in a short period of time and I have stretch marks EVERYWHERE! On my stomach, Big ones on […]

Aussie Mum of One! (Anonymous)

Age: 23 Pregnancies: 1 abortion Births: 1 beautiful boy Postpartum: 22 months Growing up, I was always a tiny build. People always assumed I had an eating disorder because I was so little but I guess I was just lucky, I could eat anything I wanted and my body couldn’t seem to store it. When […]

I CAN Love Me, Finally (E)

This is a story about love,loss,,discovery and my young body’s journey through motherhood. I guess you can say my journey to motherhood has not been the easiest, but I wouldnt trade the expeirences I’ve had at my young age for anything. I found out I was pregnant with my first child a week before my […]

I Love My Boys, I HATE My Body! (Christina)

Age: 20 # of pregnancies/births/cesareans: 2 Age of children: 2 1/2(born:2008) and 13months(born:2009) Postpartum: 13months as of 10/10 I got pregnant for the first time at 17, before then i had always worried about my weight and at 5’6″ 147lbs i wasn’t over weight. Now i am 286lbs and i cant stop thinking about it. […]

Was it All Worth it? (Emily)

Age-20 Number of pregnancies-2, One birth, One abortion Post Partum 4 years My story starts at the age of 15. I met my first love at my sophomore Homecoming Dance. I was dancing with a guy friend of his when he came up and starting talking to us. I immediately thought he was cute. He […]

It’s Not Luck (Ashley)

age: 22 2 pregnancies/2births 23 months and 4 weeks Hi. My name is Ashley and I’m 22 with 2 beautiful girls. Before I got pregnant with my first daughter I was working out regularly and at my heaviest (in my life) had weighed 145 at 5’5. I was closer to 140 when I got pregnant […]

Update (Anonymous)

Original entry here. A little over a year ago I wrote on this site because I was upset with my body one year after giving birth to my amazing son. Things did get better, I got into a swimsuit and started working out, but never had the time between school and motherhood to get to […]

Melissa’s Story (Melissa)

Hi fellow mommies. I recently was looking on the internet and came across this wonderful site. I kinda felt like I was the only woman in the world that had two babies and had a body like mine. My belly seems to sag and I just cant seem to cope with that. My husband is […]

Update (Bryana)

For Cairo Sofia Age: 23 # of Pregnancies: 3 # of Births: 2 How Far Postpartum: 15 Months Today, September 23, 2010 Previous entries: 2 Babies Later Update Second Update Love Yourself, Mama Thank you, Babies Today I am officially 15 months postpartum. I cannot believe it has been over a year since my beautiful […]

I Feel Deformed (Sarah)

Age- 29 Number of Pregnancies – 3 Number of Births- 2 Daughter 3 years, son 1 year I can’t quite remember what I thought my post pregnancy body would look like…. but I can remember not thinking it would look like this. I gave birth to my daughter On September 1st 2007 by emergency c-section. […]

Don’t Call Me “Lucky” (Anonymous)

I am 10 months postpartum from my second daughter’s birth. She was a c-section after I had complications following a (successful) home birth with my first daughter. I am happy with my postpartum body but it frustrates me to no end that people assume that I just got lucky with my postpartum body, as if […]


im a 29 old mother of 2 first one is 4 years and second is 12 weeks.first pregnancy started at 63 kg,i put on 30 kg and by the time my son was 1 year old i lost all the weight(brestefeeding for 6 months and cambridge diet after that) skin on my tummy remain […]

I love my children, I hate my body. (Anonymous)

I had my first child, the day before I turned 15. I didn’t have my mom around, so had never known about stretch marks before. I still remember being 6 months pregnant, walking past the mirror on my way to the shower in the bathroom & seeing this great wide purple scar under my belly. […]

The Sacrifice of a Mom (Cat)

~Number of pregnancies and births: Four Pregnancies, Two Births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: My oldest turned 3 on Aug 27 and my youngest turned 10 months on Aug 29. So, 10 months. When I was 18 years old, I found myself pregnant with my first child. My pregnancy […]

Who am I? (Anonymous)

Age 26 2 pregnancy’s, 2 boys I’ve been on this site alot over the last year or so and have never done an entry. I love this site it has helped me out through some bad days, today is one of those days, and I finally decided to send this in. I met my husband […]

Young and Free (Melissa)

It’s hard some times to look around at the girls my age. This summer most are still following the latest fashion trends, wearing bikinis, and sporting tans. I was 18 when I got married, and had my first child a year later. Now I’m 21 with two kids. This is a beautiful thing. I don’t […]

Do I have Postpartum depression? (Autumn W)

Age- 30 Number of Pregnancies – 2 Number of Births- 2 Daughters- 8 years and 2 months I have always been told that if you have postpartum depression, you feel resentment towards your baby but I do not resent my baby in any way what-so-ever! I love and adore her but I hate myself! After […]

Getting Used to Me (Ashley)

2 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage long ago, 1 C-section birth 10 months PP, still breastfeeding Age: 26 I always wanted to be a mother. I never expected to be a single mother. I had been dating my child’s father for only about a month when I found out I was pregnant. I considered abortion and adoption, […]

Fanny Pack (Anonymous)

Im 21 and had 3 childern in 2 years.After having my son I got stretchmarks below my belly button and there was slight sagging. I dieted and exercised for a year untill someone said how far along are you. I went bulimic and got down to 98 lbs then recovered and went to my pre […]

A Few Years On, Another Long Post (Jo)

~Age: 40 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies and 2 births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: Age 4 and 2 (almost 2 years post-partum) It has taken me a while to come up with the courage to post this, but it marks the beginning of the new me […]

Almost Satisfied (Shahida)

I first got pregnant at 18 and I weighed about 135 lbs. I guess I gained around 30lbs but was lucky enough to lose the weight pretty fast. When I was 21 I got pregnant with my son I was about 155-160 because of the Mirena IUD =(. I gained about 38-43lb and was 198 […]

7 weeks PP (Anonymous)

Age: 28 Number of pregnancies: 2 Children: 2 – son, 22 months & daughter, 7 weeks How far postpartum: 7 weeks I am 5″ 1′ and weighed 130 before I got pregnant this time – I gained 35 pounds which was a lot better then the almost 50 pounds I gained with my first pregnancy! […]

Written on my heart (Anonymous)

Previous entry here. ~Age: 22 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2 year old and 4 months old Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who has a changed body from pregnancy. I thought that because I was young when I had […]

The Shape of a Great-Grandmother (Dora, interviewed by Holly)

Dora Age: 90 Number of Pregnancies: 2 Children: DD1 – 71; DD2 – died at 64 years old. (would be 69 today) Saturday morning. Bath day. Clothes gently stripped and placed aside, laundry for another day. I grip her elbow and guide her slowly into the shower, and onto her seat. And for the first […]

Learning to Be Kind to Myself (Rebekah)

My age: 29 2 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage, 1 birth 10 months postpartum First I want to say thank you to all the brave women who have posted their stories and photos here. You have helped me to heal. I also want to say to any women out there who are struggling right now: Your thoughts […]

Update! Slowly learning to love my new body! (Anonymous)

I had posted 10 months ago about how much I hated my body and how much I envied all of the thin girls I see day in and day out. I am proud to say (although I have not lost a single pound) I am now slowly learning to love my body and be proud […]


I am 33 years old, these pictures are taken 5 years post-partum. I’ve had 2 pregnancies (first one at 13), and given birth once. My body has changed. My butt has flattned, my waist windned. Due to a number of reasons, my weight has fluctuated greatly. From 170 at pre-pregnacny, to 163 one month post […]

15 Months PP Update (Shannon)

Previous entries: Missing my baby boy and expecting my second. 5 Weeks PP Second Baby 2.5 Months PP – Second Cesarean in 2.5 Years 6 Months PP Update Age: 24 Pregnancies: 2 Births: 2 via cesarean PP: 4 years in September and 15 months So, I am now 15 months pp with Liam. Wow, this […]

I Can’t Stand to Look in the Mirror (Anonymous)

~Age: 20 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies 2 births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 22 months and 3 months I had my first baby at 18 and my second at 20. Before I fell pregnant I had a fantastic body – although I never appreciated it. Now, […]

Happy in My Skin (Ziona)

I have given birth twice so far, once by c-section, and once vaginally. My youngest is 10 months old now, and I’m finally starting to feel happier in my new skin. I have stretch marks, cellulite, sagging breasts, bags under my eyes, and the c-section “flap”. I will probably start a dance exercise program (Zumba […]

Round 2: Here we go again! (Ashley)

Previous entries here and here. ~Age: 28 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 1 birth (currently 15 weeks pregnant) ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: My daughter is 26 months. So here we go again. I’m 15 weeks pregnant with baby number 2! I’m a little worried about weight […]

Young Mom of 2 (Anonymous)

i am 22. my husband an i were blessed with two amazing little men. i went into labor naturally at midnight on both of their due dates. my first was born at 1:48 pm. 7 pounds 10 ounces 19 and a half inches long perfectly healthy. he surprised us pretty good. they told me at […]

Coming to terms… (Anonymous)

Age: 30 Births: 2 Kids: age 2 and 4 I remember seeing pregnant woman and thinking how perfect, sexy, gorgeous, powerful and voluptuous they are. Pure WOMAN. I was in awe. I was even excited to be that perfectly sexy gorgeous powerful voluptuous WOMAN when I became pregnant with my first child…until the weight came. […]

My Story – I Have a Long Way to Go (Anonymous)

Age: 30 2 Pregnancies, 2 Births Children 9yrs & 7.5yrs When I was a kid I was skinny/average, like most kids were back then. When I hit 10 or so I started to gain some weight. I lived on a farm so I had to do hard work and because of that my weight fluctuated […]

A letter to my body 1 yr PP (Emily)

Age: 23 1 pregnancy, son is 12 months old, 1 yr PP Dear body, Thank you for all that you have given me and others. I am sorry for what I used to think of you, I was wrong you are beautiful. I promise to never be ashamed of my body anymore. I promise to […]

Love Yourself Mama, Then Love Everything Else (Bryana)

Why is it, that as women, when we are at our best, we look into ourselves and label it the “worst”? We never seem to realize how great we are until we fall below that bar that we have set so ridiculously high for ourselves! It is sad to see, hear, and live. And all […]

I Absolutely Loathe My Stomach (Toby)

I have been trying to come to terms with my pp tummy for 5 years. I am only 24 but I feel like I am trapped in the body of an 80 year old woman. I am 5’7 and 150 lbs. I have two beautiful children ages 5 and 1. I work out at the […]


~Your Age: 22 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 3 weeks pp I am a 22 year old mother of 2 girls. The oldest is turning 2 in June and the younger is 3 weeks old. My body changed a lot with both pregnancies. […]

Plus Sized Mummu

2pregnancies, 2 births, 2 boys. 13 months pp. 22 yrs old. I was told from about 16 that I would never fall pregnant, due to scarring on my uterus and falopian tubes from PCOS. Id had my period since I was 13, and was producing 3-4 eggs per month, but none of them would implant, […]

15 hours from birth (Anonymous)

Pregnancy #2 We took these photos just a few hours before heading to the hospital for the birth of our second baby. I was about 21 months postpartum from baby #1 and still nursing him as well.

Confidence?.. what’s that? (Suzanne)

I became pregnant with my eldest when i was 19, before i had her i had a great figure (i couldn’t see it at the time but now i do!) i was slim but had curves, my breasts were always small but they were perfect, round, firm and wonderful. Since having my second daughter 8 […]

5 weeks post-partum after second child (Anonymous)

Previous entries here and here. For the first time in my life I feel no need or desire to malign or discredit my body, or to qualify it with any explanation for why it is the way it is. I am five weeks post-partum with my second child. He was 11 lbs, which was quite […]

Loving my body after baby (Jo)

Age: 20 2 Pregnancies, 1 Birth 16 weeks postpartum My name is Jordan, I found out i was pregnant with My son Colin a few months after miscarrying my first pregnancy, I was 19 years old.. young, i know but i was still Very happy about conceiving again so shortly after the loss. Through nearly […]

Struggling with PCOS (Nicole)

Age: 25 Pregnancies: 3 Births: 2 Ages: Son = 5 years old, Daughter = 3 months old Post-Partum: 3 months I have always struggled with my weight. I’ve been on diets, exercise regimes, and even pills. When I was 17, I was so disgusted with my weight that I turned to anorexia. I refused to […]

Grateful for My Blessings (Tsi K.)

Previous entries here and here. Age: 34 Age of children: 4yr old little girl and 8 month old little boy Hello beautiful women, This is my third entry on this site. My most recent was about two years ago after the birth of my daughter via c-section, and I’ve since had another baby so I […]

Mom of 3 boys -1 set of twins (Anonymous)

I wanted to submit this picture as a way of affirming to myself that my body is fine and I don’t need to listen to what others think. I have been going through a difficult time with my husband (soon to be ex) and one of the things he told me as a reason for […]

Good Days and Bad Days (Anonymous)

I’ve been working out consistently for the past year. I try to stay on track with a healthy diet most of the time, but I do admit at times I fall off the wagon! When I delivered my son in Oct. 2009 I weighed in at 183. I now bounce between 148 and 152. I […]

2 Under 2… Every Day’s a Blessing (Anonymous)

I am 22 years old and have 2 children under the age of 2! I got pregnant with my first child when I was 20 years old, other than getting stretchmarks, I had never really though about how having a baby would change my body. I figured I was still young, and everything would bounce […]

My Mommy Body – Update (Anonymous)

This is an update to my March 2007 post. I am 25 years old. I got pregnant with my daughter just 2 months after my previous post. My little girl is now 2, and my son is 3. I lost all of the weight from her. I am just 10lbs heavier than before we conceived […]

Size 16 Mom of 2 (Jen)

~Your Age: 26 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 8 months pp ~Any key words (second pregnancy, plus sized mom, cesarean, etc): cesarean, VBAC, plus sized, second pregnancy, Hypoplasia, IGT I have 2 children. They are 19 months apart. The youngest […]

I wish I wasn’t so ashamed of my body (Anonymous)

Age:31 # of pregnancies and birth: 2 pregnancies and 1 birth My child is now 4 years old. I became pregnant and gave birth to a handsome boy at the age of 26. As much as I adore and cherish my son, the scars left on my body haunt me till this day. I’ve always […]

3 years and 3 months later… (Anonymous)

I had my first son in October 2007 by emergency cesarian and my daughter 17 months later by elective cesairan. I have now given up breastfeeding for one month and although I miss it I am pleased to have my body to myself. I fed each baby for over a year and had been continually […]

A Map Where He Lived (Kace)

Kace, age 31 3 children, aged 7 and 5 The irony of my being able to find beauty in the natural shape of a mom’s form postpartum is not lost on me. I served a year in the military and was sexually assaulted. As a byproduct of the sexual assaults I rejected the female form. […]

10.5 months postpartum:how body change after each child (Kristin)

Number of Pregnancy/children: 3 pregnancy’s , 2 children(one ended in miscarriage) How many months postpartum: 10.5months (as of March 16) First entry. Second entry. Third entry. I wrote here other times telling you all my story and how i was not happy about my body after 2 children but how much my beautiful children are […]

Regarding the OC Register Article (Anonymous)

“Stretching the Truth” seemed a very appropriate title for the article in today’s newspaper! I have heard so many women say that their children ruined their bodies. I know that is not the case with me! I have two beautiful girls. One is over 30 years old and the other just started college. My first […]

Self hate? Why not celebrate! (Brittany)

4 months post-partum with second child, first child is 3yrs My name is Brittany and I am a 24 year old mother of two. I have a 3 year old son and a 4month old baby girl. Like many women, I have struggled with body issues for a majority of my life. I have hated […]

Loving the new me, sags, stretchies and more. (Christina)

I got pregnant when I was sixteen. But from the moment I knew what was going on with my body I loved it. I saw past the new milk filled boobs, that I loved at first; as food for my growing child. I saw past my ever growing rear end, and the dark mark making […]

Blessing and A Curse (Paige)

My whole life I was in sports. I started gymnastics at 3 years old and didnt stop until I went away to college. I started running track and playing football in the 7th grade and continued until college. While in college I modeled. I was 20 when I became pregnant with my first child by […]

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. […]

Regarding Scars and Stretch Marks (Amanda)

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 […]

Pregnant with #2! (Kylie)

I got pregnant by accident with my first child, perfect pregnancy, nothing went wrong. Was in labor for 14 hours, pushed for two. Had a beautiful baby boy, all NATURAL…NOT ONE drug on January 25th, 2009. Up until about 6 months postpartum I didn’t loose but 20 pounds after giving birth, and that was from […]

6 Months PP Update (Shannon)

Previous entries: First Second Third Age: 23 Children: 2 children Births: 2 cesareans PP: 3.5 years pp, and 10 months pp I am now 10 months pp (these pictures are from 6 months pp, but my body hasn’t changed much since these). I got up to 177 with Liam (I am 5’2”),and I am now […]

1 month after twins, born at 35 weeks 3 days (Jacoba)

I had my son in 2008, and shortly after decided that I would pursue my dream of helping an infertile couple have a child. I met a wonderful couple in November, and by March 2009 we had contracts signed, and were moving ahead to transfer day! We transferred two embryo’s in May, (not my genetics) […]

A Hard Road, but Worth Every Second (Anonymous)

I have struggled with an eating disorder in various forms since I was 15, and cannot remember a time when I didn’t feel fat. During a period of relative sanity I had my son, at 19 (maybe that’s not very sane, in retrospect). The pregnancy was great and he is a wonderful nearly-8-year-old, but after… […]

Feeling Confident (Jill)

Age: 32 2 pregnancies Children aged 5 years & 8 years I had my first child at 24. Before becoming pregnant I weighed about 140 lbs. I gained 67 lbs. during that pregnancy. Before my second birth (27 years old) I had lost all of the weight plus some and got down to 136 lbs. […]

This is beautiful??? (Anonymous)

I don’t understand how many of you ladies can consider this as still being beautiful. I can’t stand the sight of my stomach…it is a stomach of a 90 year old woman on a 30 year old body. I am not overweight, I am happy with the rest of my body, but I just hate […]

Overcome with Emotion (Liz)

I had a baby boy by c section in July of 2003 and I was overjoyed. I gained 65 pounds with the pregnancy, and lost a small portion of it slowly over 6 years. In February 2009, I wasn’t happy at all with the way I looked and it showed in my marraige. I felt […]

Mum of three babies after 2 pregnancies -Twins (Natasha)

I had my first daughter at 19. I had a healthy, uneventful pregnancy and a beautiful natural birth. I carried small, and my body returned to normal very soon after Anna was born. At the time I thought it was so different, and struggled for a short time to come to terms with those changes. […]

Triplet Mom + One – Update (Tabitha)

Original entry here. 23years old 2pregnancies Riley(g) Aiden(b) Chloe(g) age 2 1/2 Brennan 11months This is an update, i had GGB triplets in 07 and then a singleton boy in 09. I was a mother to 4 before i turned 23. The stress my body underwent was amazing! I had a gap in my ab […]

13 mos PP, and 18 lbs to go… (Anonymous)

Age: 28 Pregnancies: 3 Births:2 PP: 13 months Well, I just figured I would share with you a pic of my belly, since I have looked at most of yours. I am looking for some honest feedback about my body. With both of my pregnancies I gained a lot of wait in my 6- 7th […]

New Body – Courtesy of Two Miracles (Danni)

Both of my pregnancies were an up and down battle. My pre-pregnancy weight before my first daughter was a beautiful 140 pounds that I was very proud of being only 5’5″. I thought I was beautiful and had curves in all of the right places. A little younger than 18 when I found out I […]

Update (Anonymous)

Age: 22 How many kids: 2 babies one age 8 months and one 3 years old Hello to all the beautiful mommies . I first would like to say that i love this site and it has helped get through some rough times about my body image. it has shown me that there’s many women […]

8.5 Postpartum, Update (Kristin)

Age:22 years old Number of children: two, age 2 years old and 8.5 months old how far postpartum:8.5 months Hey, My name is Kristin, i have posted on here 2 other times, once when i had my first child, then again after i had my second child. I decided that i would do an update […]

2 Weeks PP – Update (Berni)

I originally posted around 3 months after the birth of my son, again at 6 and a half months pp, and 38 weeks into this pregnancy. My daughter was born 10 days late on the 22nd December 2010. I had actually gone into hospital that day to book an elective C section, due to being […]

This is me (Anonymous)

23 years old I am now pregnant with my 3 child (10 weeks) and have had 2 births. My 1st son is 2.9 years old and my second son is 12 months old I have had a bad body image for such a long time. I always felt like my body was wrong after giving […]

Worth it – Update (Regina)

Previous entries here and here. I have posted here several times now. This website keeps me going. Reminds me that there is nothing wrong with my body. There is something wrong with other’s expectations of me. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am 21 and I have carried 2 babies 8 days overdue each. […]

After 2 kids and 2 c-sections (Milia)

Age: 28 Pregnancy/live birth: 2 (both c-section) How far long postpartum: 3 and half months Age of kid(s) = 15 months; 3 and a half months Weight gain during pregnancy: 35 lbs; 40 lbs First, I would like to mention this site has helped me tremendously when I was at my lowest point. My first […]

Update (Bryana)

This is my other post. The last time I posted, I was only 2 ½ months post partum. I had already lost all of my pregnancy weight, and was happy about that. Since my last post, I have continued to lose weight. I weigh less now than I did when I was 11 years old. […]

2 Children 13 months apart (Desiree)

Age: 20 2 pregnancies, 2 C- sections Cesarean birth 14 month old daughter 17 day old son I had my first child, a girl on 10- 17- 2008. It was a long labor, and after pushing for 2 hours and high blood pressure, with a fever of 103 they took me into the OR for […]

I Love My Body Now (Anonymous)

I have always had body issues, as many women do. I always thought I was fat, even when I wasn’t. I never felt that I had a beautiful body, I had too many stretch marks, my tummy was too big, etc. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I weighed 180 lbs. I was 20 […]

3 Months Postpartum – 2nd Pregnancy (Rachel)

Original entries here and here. Since I already have belly pics from both my first and second pregnancy on this site, these are all postpartum. As always, I welcome emails at I’d also like to give a special thanks to Bonnie for blessing us with this site. ~Age: 29 ~Number of pregnancies and births: […]

Update: 3 Years, 3 Surgeries and 3 Kids Later (Val)

Original entry here. My kids are now almost 3 and the twins are 19 months old! We have moved to a new town and I struggle with continuing to lose weight. I am now at 182 lbs, but part of it has been gaining muscle! I do 30-40 mins of Tae Bo 4-5 times a […]

Update – 18months PP 38 weeks pregnant (Berni)

Age – 20 I originally posted around 3 months after the birth of my son, and again when I was 6 and a half month postpartum. Around the time of my last post I’m ashamed to admit I became very depressed about my body and started to make myself sick, thankfully I realised how stupid […]

Feeling Destroyed (Anonymous)

second pregnancy first child 4 and a half months post partum 26 yrs old. to start off , i love my daughter with everything that i have.. she makes me smile and laugh and feel complete.. she is the reason i get up in the morning these days.. now.. she is my second pregnancy but […]

My Dream Came True (SCS)

Age: 29 Number of pregnancies: 2 Births: 1 Childs age: 2yrs First I want to say I love this site. I just wish this site had more true plus size women. So I am posting my pics. I have always wanted children but was told I would probably have trouble getting pregnant due to an […]

Update (Sierra)

Original entries here and here. I have posted on here twice & will probably only post again once more after this, but I do love visiting this site quite often. I love seeing how many brave, wonderful, & extremely beautiful mothers are out there!! Please ladies always keep your head held high and know you […]

There is Hope, I am Proof (Jessica)

Original entries here and here. This is my 3rd post. I am currently pregnant with #2 (25 weeks) I want to show you that there is hope and I am proof. I am including some previous pictures and some current pictures of my stretchmarks, because so many people tell you “they will fade”, “give it […]

Mother of two, 4 months PP (Anonymous)

~Age: 22 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 Pregnancies and births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 3 Year old and 4 month old At the age of 18, i had just ended a one year relationship and was looking forward to just being young and enjoying myself. Five weeks […]

Mummy of one and one to come with major self esteem issues (Anonymous)

Im 19, i had my child on the 5th novemer 2008 she is now almost 12 months old I am currently pregnant im 21 weeks Iv always had self esteem issues mainly because i had to try match up to me perfect sister! she is skinny beautiful and very talented and i was just the […]

Twins and one on the way … my body’s journey! (Nicole)

At last I found a person whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and our engagement was made even more special a week later when we found out I was pregnant, then special again when I found out it was twins My twin pregnancy went beautifully, the girls had to come […]

My Body, My Story (Anonymous)

i am 24 and have been blessed with two gorgoeus boys, with my first pregnancy i got very big very quick! i was being asked at 20 weeks when i was due by people thinking it must be any day now. Of course the problem is when you get big quick you get loads of […]

Mother of Two Baby Boys (Anonymous)

Age: 24 Two Pregnancys/ Two Births. Children Ages: 2 1/2 & 10 weeks. I find it pretty hard being 24 and dealing with friends and their perfect bodys in bikinis..their perky boobs, and flat stomachs, lack of stretch marks. My husband says I look great in my body now, but when your not used to […]

Hating My Post-Baby Body (Anonymous)

I was always in great shape. I used to have visible abs, perky boobs, and a pretty shape. I got pregnant at 18 by my high school sweetheart, and had my daughter at 19. I put on 85 lbs with my first pregnancy. I suffered from terrible ppd and for a long time was depressed […]

Tif’s Story (Tif)

im 21 Second child 19 months PP i had just gotten into college and was ready to have the time of my life. however i met this wonderful guy and it was love at first sight. i got pregnant soon after. i was scared. i knew that my parents would never accept it and i […]

Wishing to be confident again (Anonymous)

My age 23. Two children ages 3 and 1 I became pregnant at the age of 19 with my first son. I was scared for about half a second, then thrilled. I was worried about what would happen to my body, I was always very fit. But I knew a lot of girls who had […]

Mother of two miracles (Mikayla)

AGE: 20 NUMBER OF PREGNANCIES: 2 NUMBER OF BIRTHS: 2 both vaginal, 1 with no pain meds. Wow, where to start. First of all I love this site. I feel like I am the only mother who got stretch marks or who is not in her pre pregnancy clothes a few months after birth. I […]

So it doesn’t really matter after All (Deineria)

First, I love this site. I think it provides immeasurable comfort to moms from all walks of life, and I also feel it is a reality check for those who initially believe what they see in magazines represents a fair picture of most women. I had my first son when I was 19. I was […]


This picture is taken 6 months after my second pregnancy. My name is Maren. I was 23 when the picture was taken last year. I live in Norway with my husband and two girls.

27 weeks pregnant (Justine)

My body has been though alot in this past year, Dec 19th 2008 i found out i was pregnant i started to gain weight right away and knew it something wasnt right i wasnt suppost to have a gut at a month and a half!!, at 6 weeks i went in and there were 2 […]

22 years old on my second pregnancy I’m at 23 weeks (Lissete)

Hi im Lissete. I am on my second pregnancy at 23 weeks now , my first child i gained 75 lbs , i have always dealt with poor body image since i grew to a d cup at age 10. i was 17 years old when i had my daughter my pre-pregnancy weight was 127 […]

Game Day (Deb)

When she’s out, she can make her own choices. When to eat, when to cry, peas or carrots, Dr. Seuss or Mercer Mayer… which bands to like, which instruments to play, what college to attend, who to marry (or not marry). And yes. One day, the time will come, and she will have to choose […]

2 Babies Later (Bryana)

When I was 17 I found out I was pregnant for the first time. My boyfriend and I were without a doubt scared beyond belief but also very excited about the new adventure we were about to take on. I found out I was pregnant April 2005. I was still in high school, but graduated […]

A work in progress… (Anonymous)

I was so glad to come upon this site and will share it with other moms. I have ALWAYS struggled with my image, always have tried to keep up with the magazines, etc…..never really felt 100% confident except maybe my wedding day….I’m 5’3″ and weighed 120 in High School (really thin for me…Ive always had […]

Don’t know what to think…… (Anonymous)

I found out I was pregnant in March 2007 and I gave birth to my beautiful daughter November 2008. I am now almost 10 month PP and I still don’t know what to think of my body. Some days are good and I think I look great and others I just want to cover every […]

22 years old, three beautiful kids (Andree)

My story starts about four years ago, when I met the man of my life. Shortly after dating we decided to get married, and start a family of our own. We were wed in August 2006, and then in November 2006 found out that we were expecting a baby! I didn’t gain much weight up […]

11 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

Original entry here. 11 months postpartum 2 sons, a 5 year old and a one year old Just wanted to update after my pregnancy weight loss. It’s been close to a year since my wonderful son was born and he is just amazing. When I first posted, I was literally crying every day over my […]

23 year old mum with 2 kids. 7 months PP (Anonymous)

Hi, I am a 23 year old mum with 2 boys. Aged 2.5 and 7 months. I love my children and think they are the most wonderful gift that has been given to me. I wish I could think the same about my body. I don’t think I look to bad for someone that has […]

Destination : Self Acceptance (Tee)

Age: 26 2 pregnancies 2 children ages 10 and 18 months I’ve posted here before under “Almost a year later“. Its now a little over a year and a half since the birth of my youngest. And I gotta say I am still striving to love the body that has become me. Despite my best […]

This is me – sagging boobs and all (Astrid)

Hi everyone, First of all I just want to say thank you to all the women that have posted on this page, I have learned a lot from reading your stories and looking at your pictures. I think this webpage is so important. My story goes like this: I became pregnant for the first time […]

Finally Confident in a Bikini….After Two Kids! (Anonymous)

This is my third submission to SOAM. My first was 2.5 years after my first son was born by Cesarean. My second was 1 month after my successful home VBAC. Now my VBAC baby is about to turn 1 year old and my journey with this body continues. I haven’t worn a bikini since before […]

Annoyed and Hiding (Anonymous)

why is it if you dont get a flabby pooch or stretch marks you get women saying nasty things about you (women who were unfortunate in the after baby dept)? I have had 2 kids, one is going to be 4 soon and one who is 9 months and I have no stretch marks or […]

4 Months PP (Anonymous)

im a single teen mother of two . im 17 and im 4 months post partum .. i fell in love at a young age wanted a baby for unconditional love & to be in love got dumped pregnant with my second do to the work of a home wrecker , & a bad father […]

Twin Tummy, 5 yrs Post-partum (Anonymous 83)

I’m 33 now, our oldest son is 8 and the twins (boy & girl) are 5. Both pregnancies were term and all babies big and healthy (Oldest son – 8lbs, 9oz…twin daughter – 6lbs, 9oz…twins son – 7lbs, 6oz). Twins had to be induced at 40 weeks + 1 day (40 weeks is term for […]

2.5 Months PP, Second Cesarean in 2.5 Years (Shannon)

Previous posts here and here. age:22 Pregnancies:2 pregnancies and 2 births I wrote that I would eventually post some pictures of my PP body, so I am! I am now 3 months PP…the pictures are 2.5 months PP though! The part where my stomach hangs from my cesarean really bugs me…but it has gotten better! […]

Struggling for Acceptance (Anonymous)

I’m 24 years old and I’m a mother to a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 10 month old son. I got pregnant when I was 21 though it really wasn’t in my plans at that time. I was not married when I found out, but my BF and I did what we thought […]

Not Giving Up and Acceptance (Alex)

Name: Alex Age: 30 Pregnancies: 2 Births: 2 DD1: 3 yrs old DD2: 1 yr old I’m so glad I found this website. I have been looking for a site like this for a little while now because I want to know more about other real women out there and their experiences (not celebrities-they don’t […]

A Work in Progress! (Anonymous)

I’m finally starting to love my body again. I guess I shouldn’t say I’m starting to love my body “again” because this really is the first time. My daughter (now three years old) was born when I was 19. Prior to getting pregnant, I was at the lowest weight I’d ever been, had relatively perky […]

Update: 22, Surviving Newborn Twins and a 2yo (Sierra)

I recently posted on here when i was 2 weeks postpartum with twins. I am now 5 weeks postpartum and wanted to share with everyone the update. My girls are doing fabulous. They are both breast feeding like champs and since birth have each gained 2lbs!! My 2 yr old is doing so great with […]

Elephant Belly (Anonymous)

When I was pregnant with my second baby, everyone thought I was having twins, I was so big. It’s just that I have a short torso and am skinny so there was nowhere for the baby to go but out….. way out. Hence the extra skin. Or elephant skin as my older sister affectionately calls […]

12 Years Later (Anonymous)

I’m 36 and three months pregnant with number two!! I’ll be 37 at delivery, so I’m technically an “older mom” although I don’t feel like one. My son Zac is 12, so I spaced them out a bit I actually posted here a few years ago, just as I was starting to think about having […]

One Year Ago Today (Zahra)

We found out we were pregnant with Rory 6 weeks after having a miscarriage. I know we were so blessed for it to happen so quickly. I was so excited to be pregnant and really focused on enjoying the pregnancy despite our concerns that we would lose another baby. I have always had to work […]

Marks of Life (Shi)

~Your Age: 25 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 at time of writing this, currently now have three! ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: at the time my boys were 2.5 and 1 month old. They are now almost 5, 2.5, and 7months I wrote this back when you had […]

Slowly Gaining Self-Acceptance (Becc)

I am 23 and have 2 beautiful boys. My eldest is 6 and my youngest is 10 months. I have always been a larger shaped women and with a husband my height, my body issues have been hard to deal with, knowing we are around the same weight. After having my youngest, I feel as […]

2nd Baby 12 weeks PP, I Hate My Body! (2nd Time Mom)

I was 18 when I got pregnant with my first and gave birth when I was 19, and then when I had just turned 21 I became pregnant again, and Just gave birth in March. My baby is 12 weeks old. She weighed 8 lbs 2 oz I am breastfeeding and doing Wii Fit to […]

22, Surviving a 2yr Old and Newborn Twins! (Sierra)

Age: 22 Number of pregnancies: 2, 3 children Age: 2 yrs old, and 2 week old twins (2 weeks postpartum) I had my first child, my son at age 20, he was 7lbs 11oz born vaginally and perfect in every way! i got thru the entire pregnancy no stretchmarks or anything lost all the baby […]

2 Years Postpartum and Still Can’t Come to Terms (Anonymous)

Number of Pregnancies: 2 and 1 live birth Children :1 child, almost 2 1/2 years post partum Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this website that allows me not to feel so alone and to understand that I am not the only woman struggling to cope with the changes brought after […]

32 Year Old Mom of 2 Boys (Anonymous)

~Your Age: 32 ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2 boys ages 20 months and 5 months At 5’7″, I weighed 145 lbs all through high school. I was all muscle, and on the cheerleading squad, and I thought I was […]

My Second Entry – Still Trying to Accept Me (Angele)

Original entry here. ~Your Age: 28.. almost 29. ~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: My children are almost 8 and almost 4; 3 and a half years PP. Hello to all you wonderful ladies, I have written in here before and wanted to update. […]

34 Weeks with Baby #2 (Amy)

I am a 27 year old homeschooler and own my own business. I had a hospital birth with DD#1 (will be 4 in August), but quickly fell into a crunchy life style including healthier eating, baby wearing and cloth diapering. DD self weaned shortly after her 3rd birthday. I am looking forward to giving birth […]

8 Months Postpartum After Two Children (Ashley)

im 22 years old, i became pregnant at age 19 and on my 21st first birthday, *happy birthday mommy, here is your failing epidural!!!* my stomach was actually worse with my first child after she was born, even though my second was a pound larger weighing in at 8lbs 9oz and she gave me more […]

9 Years Ago (Elle)

9 years ago I was 18 years old. I had just finished high school and was happy. My plan never included children. I met him on a warm night in August. I became pregnant a few weeks later. I lost my child at 22 weeks gestation. It was depressing and sad. I was a mess. […]

5 Weeks PP 2nd Baby (Shannon)

Original entry here. i had liam april 10 via cesarean at 11:53, 7 lbs 15 oz, 19 in. he is very healthy, although i am still so scared to lose him. it has been a very emotional month…the 1 year anniversary since connor passed was may 1st. i miss him so much, he would have […]

Still Trying to Accept my “Shape” (Anonymous)

I am 25 years old. I had my second baby 8.5 months ago. I look at my body and think “wow i don’t look as BAD as i thought i would after my second but I look nothing like I did 5 years ago haha.” Then again, I haven’t stopped breastfeeding yet…So, I don’t know […]

I’ve Learned a TON at Twenty-One (Abby)

Most people my age are changing their majors in college, because they decided they don’t really like Art History as much as they thought they would. They know exactly how many beers they can drink and probably still drive home. They still are secretly thrilled that Mom can’t tell them what to eat or the […]

My Baby Bellies (Kelly)

I can not believe that I have accidentally found this wonderful website – a breath of fresh air!! Thank you so much for dispelling the myth that we all go straight back to our post baby bodies, it is such a relief to see that others know this fact and accept it. Why should we […]

C-Section Scar (serenebabe)

(Originally posted 4.28.09 at her blog.) I hate the doctor who did the c-section to get Althea out. My midwives suggested it’s possible I make scar tissue well and that an incision close to my first c-section wasn’t an option. Maybe that’s true. I still hate that doctor. First of all, she never even told […]

22 year old mother of 4 under the age of 2! (Tabitha)

I got pregnant with spontaneous triplets when i was 20. I had them two months early on july 1st 2007. At 21 i got pregnant again with my last baby and it was only one! He is now two months old and growing wonderfully! He had to be 3 weeks early because of my previous […]

2nd Pregnancy and still loving it – 21 weeks preggo (Rachel)

Previous entry can be seen here. Here I am at 21 weeks with our second child. I would be happy to keep you guys posted on this pregnancy with progression pic submissions from this point out but I just don’t want to steal space from others. I’d like to invite all to shoot me an […]

The Beautiful Body My Little Ones Gave Me! (Krysti Renee)

Pictures – – First, 2 months after having my 2nd Baby Second and Third, 1 year after having my 2nd Baby Fourth, my Breasts 6 months after I quit breastfeeding my Son (they’re mine again! =) Fifth, My Daughter & I in March 2009 Sixth, My Son in March 2009 My Story – – I’m […]

3 1/2 Years Postpartum with Second Baby (Monique)

name: monique Age:24, had first baby at 16 and second at 20 Children: 2 little girls 6 and 3 almost 3 and a half years post parterm First off i found this site along time ago but didnt ever think i would get the guts to send anything. but i now love my body just […]

Thankful and Blessed but Still Trying to Accept (mummyoftwodarlings)

Ok, so I have been visiting this site for over a year now in the hope of it helping me accept and love my post baby body. I am 30 years old, mother of 2 beautiful children. A daughter aged 3 and a son aged 16 months. I married my first love in 2004 at […]

Young mom Trying to Accept her Postpartum Body (Amanda)

Hello everyone I am a proud 20 year old mother of two beautiful little girls. Brianna born November 19 2006 at 3:34pm weighing 6 pounds 11.9 ounces and 19.5 inches long, and Savanna born January 15 2009 at 7:52am weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long. Both my girls came on there due […]

Update (K)

Previous entry here. Just wanted to give everyone an update on my progress after posting a previous story on the site I have noticed a change in my body and my confidence is beginning to grow. I will never wear a bikini again but the skin has tightened and my tummy is flatter I have […]

7 Weeks Postpartum (Anonymous)

Age:25 Number of children: 2 This is me today. I had my second baby 7 weeks ago. I have always had issues with my body. All throughout college I suffered from bulimia. The only time I ever felt sexy was during pregnancy. I ate whatever I wanted without guilt. It really helped me overcome my […]

3 Children in 3 years (twins) Coming to terms with the change (Anonymous)

I found out that i was expecting twins at 19 years old and was then a very slim toned girl, the pregnancy was difficult throughout and i was not lucky when it came to stretch marks. They covered my whole stomach, way up past my bellybutton. They were Very thick, severe purple looking marks and […]


Name: Cloey Age: 28 Pregnancies: 2 (one live birth) Age of child: 6 months People keep telling me how lucky I am to have snapped back so quickly. I was around 120 when I got pregnant at 27. The last time I weighed myself about a week before I gave birth at 28 I was […]

Jill from Yoga Baby TV

Hi! Just wanted to say what a great site and you are welcome to use the below pics if you wish. The first is of me during my first pregnancy in 2005 and the second of me was taken in 2007, just 6 months after the birth of my 2nd child. My name is Jill […]

He is Here! (Mary)

Previous entries here and here. Age: 22 Births: 2, vaginal deliveries Kids: 2 year old girl, 2 week old boy Hi, this is my third posting and I love this website! Since my last posting my son arrived. The birth was amazing, 10 hours, with my husband, mom, and sister present. He was 7lbs 3oz […]

10 Months PP with #1 (Lindsay)

My Age: 22 # of Pregnancies- 2 # of Birth- 1 10 Months PP When I was 16 I went onto birth control pills. By the time I was 19 I decided to get off them. After this, my period was never the same. It was so sporadic that my Doctor told me it would […]

Pregnant with Number Two! (Anonymous)

Your Age: 24 Number of pregnancies and births: Two pregnancies, one birth, one on the way! The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2years old and 25 weeks pregnant. I’m a mother of a beautiful 2 year old girl and am pregnant with my 2nd child, a boy! My first pregnancy […]

Happy women are willing to show the truth (Britney)

I got pregnant at a young age so already, at 16 besides the fact of being over whelmed about the pregnancy I got stretch marks about a week before I was to turn 9 months. So devastating I though. I was not prepared because I felt as if I’d done everything right, coco butter, lotions, […]

Learning to Love My Body Again (Anonymous)

I am 33 years old. I have 2 children, that today are ages 6 and 8 years old. I nursed both of them. Before pregnancy, I was no super model, but was healthy, around 140 lbs, with perky nice little B cups. With my first pregnancy, I gained 50 lbs. I quickly lost all that […]

Reached My Goal (Susy)

I am a 21 yr old mother of an almost 3 month old baby we named William Christian. My husband and I always knew we wanted kids, so 6 months after our wedding we decided to start trying. We got pregnant quickly (3 cycles) and we were both thrilled. Unfortunately, at 5 weeks pregnant, we […]

Uncomfortable in my own skin (Becky)

Age: 29 2 pregnancies and 3 births Ages of children: 8yo, 4 mo twins (4 months 1 week postpartum) My life has been about many journeys. My husband and I got married when we were 18. Of course most people thought I was pregnant… I got pregnant at 20 and had our daughter right before […]

14 mos PP – My Story (Anonymous)

2 pregnancies- 1 MC at 16 weeks – one healthy baby. 14 Months postpartum. Thinking back at how paranoid I was pre-baby, im amazed that i have accepted my new body as much as i have. I know it doesn’t look so bad, and i should wear my mommy body and each and every stretch […]

Making Peace, Finally (Anonymous)

Having finally embraced that my waistline is not nearly as much of an “attribute” as it once was, I find myself, now at 28 with a 7 and 3 year old, truly loving my curves! I actually enjoy wearing flowing, comfortable, empire waist tops that don’t cling to my now ooooh so soft fleshy tummy […]

I’ve got “Twin Skin” and I’m Proud of it! (Kasondra)

Previous entry here. I posted back in July when I was blessed with the exciting news that I would be having twins. I had been bleeding and had to go in for an emergency ultrasound. We found out at that time that we were gonna be in for a wild ride. Surprisingly I only gained […]

Missing my baby boy, and expecting my second (Shannon)

Before I ever had children I was 5’2″ and 105-110 lbs. I got pregnant with my first (Connor) when I was 19. I got stretchmarks everywhere possible! We had no idea that Connor was going to be born with any issues. He was born emergency c-section at 37 weeks. Right when he came out the […]

Loving my mama body! (Anonymous)

I’m a 40 year old mom of a beautiful 5 year old son, his dad accepts and loves my body as it is, and worships me in the most loving way. I was 35 at the time of my son’s birth and gained 50 pounds! I avoided the stretchmarks completely by slathering myself 5 times […]

Almost There (Mary)

Original entry here. I am so excited to finally meet my second baby in a few weeks, I just cant stand it! I have my first submission on here and I know its only been a few weeks but I have new pictures! Over the last few months I have been measuring small so my […]

3 Years, 3 Surgeries, and 3 Kids Later (Anonymous)

When I met my husband I was a 117lb senior in highschool. We got married December after we graduated (I was 18). 4 months into our marriage I found out I was pregnant. My first pregnancy was text book until I hit 37 weeks and Toxemia set in and I ballooned. I was 135lbs when […]

PS – Postpartum 21 & 25 Years Later (Anonymous)

Previous entry here. The wonderful comments from all the young mums have really boosted me. I felt good about my body after my babies were born. But hit my later years and now I hate what I see nude in the mirror. I don’t have stretch marks, nor cellulite, so I am lucky, but all […]

Comfortable in my skin (Southern Mama)

Im a 29 yr old mother of a 2 yr old and a 10 month old. I gained 50 lbs with my first baby who was 9 lbs. With my second baby I gained 70 lbs, geez, she was 8lbs 4oz. Both c-sections. I ate anything and everything in sight when I was pregnant with […]

9 Weeks PP With 2nd Baby (Anonymous)

I’m 24 years old and have given birth to two handsome little boys by C-section. I had my first son in early 2007 and just had my 2nd this past November. My kids are my entire world and I love them them to pieces. The result of my pregnacies and left me stretched, buldged and […]

2nd Time Around (Anonymous)

My story is 2nd c section was a uk size 10 never had to diet or exercise before even after my first son was born. This time coming to terms with my shape is troubling me its not the weight issue its the shape my tummy has become. 15 months i thought my shape would […]

3 Months After My Second Baby (Anonymous)

When I had my son last year I was very self conscious about my new body. I would visit The Shape of a Mother frequently to remind me that I am not alone and that my body is indeed beautiful. 3 months after I had him I became pregnant with my daughter. I had her […]

The Shape of a Mother 2x – 19 Months PP (Anonymous)

I am a 22 year old mother of two great children. My daughter is 4 years and my son is 19 months. I am slowly trying to reclaim my body. I love to see places like this that show how beautiful we are. In my opinion a womans body is MORE beautiful after childbirth…Mabey not […]

16 Weeks PP, 2nd Baby, 38 Years Old (Anonymous)

This site has made me feel so much better about my post-baby body. I haven’t struggled as much with body issues after baby #2 although I still have 15 pounds to go and haven’t lost any weight since my 1 week checkup despite breastfeeding-baby is now 4 months old. I don’t personally experience much in […]

Life Changes, Get Used to it! (Mary)

… I tell myself that everyday! I met my husband while we were overseas in the Army in 2005, we were married in April 2006, and 9 months and 10 days later we had our daughter, she is amazing! We are going to be welcoming our son in March and cant wait! I love being […]

Six Months After Second Cesarean (Anonymous)

I am back to pre-pregnancy weight but in better shape so yes it’s possible – even after a cesarean. I gained about 45 pounds each time. Afterwards I stuck to a 1400 calorie a day diet, 2X a week weight training, and 2X a week mat pilates at a local gym during lunch (went back […]

Postpartum – 21 and 25 Years Later (Anonymous)

My babies are now 21 and 25, weighing in at 7lbs 9ozs and 8lb 3ozs. I so wish we had professional nude photos done then, but we would never have thought of it. Pregnancy is such a beautiful state that it should be recorded. I have one nude profile photo of me 2 days before […]

After Two Kids (Anonymous)

My name is Jennifer and I am a mother of 2 of the greatest kids ever! I have a 9 month old son and a 2 year old daughter. I had both of my children at a really young age. As of now, I am only 18 years old. It was hard for me to […]

I’m Still Coming to Terms (Anonymous)

These photos are of me 6 mo pp with #2. I was 170# pre-pregnancy. I gained 65 with #1. When my first daughter was 15 mo I got pregnant again. This time I gained 35 lbs. I currently weigh 198#s. My belly is sagging and full of stretch marks. When I look at my beautiful […]

Almost a Year Later (Tee)

Almost a year later after baby no. 2 and I still have yet to lose another 12 lbs before I am back to my old self. Motherhood can really take a toll on some peoples bodies, like myself and some escape with the faintest trace that they ever even carried a baby in their bellies. […]

Long Hard Road (Anonymous)

I’ve never been perfect. I know this. But for most of my life I’ve been satisfied with my body. As a teenager I had a wonderful body in my opinion. No, I never fit into those size 0 jeans, but I was curvy, had a pretty flat stomach, and all of this was done with […]

3 Years Later and Still This?? (Angele)

Hi everyone, I am 28 years old. I had my first daughter when I was 20. I was 130lbs pre-baby and I gained 38 lbs in 38 weeks and 4 days of pregnancy. I lost most of that weight and was back into a size 7. I became pregnant with my second daughter at the […]

My Second Pregnancy (Anonymous)

I managed to take pictures all through my second pregnancy. One a month for almost 9 months!

7wks PP, 2nd child, 1st C-sec, 29yrs old (Anonymous)

I started this pregnancy at 120 lbs and delivered at 150. I lost 20 lbs right away and have 10 more to go. My 1st pregnancy was 10 years ago and I weighed 90 lbs (underweight). I gained 40 lbs and snapped right back into shape (a healthier weight of 105ish). This time I am […]

My Miracle Baby (Anonymous)

I started college in the fall of 2007 where I met my wonderful fiance and my life was going really great. I started dating him in August of 2007 and became pregnant in September. I panicked and sought out to my roommates to figure out what to do. One of them suggested to take vitamin […]


i’ve been visiting this site for nearly two years now and, since the beginning, i’ve wanted to submit my story. i am a 30 year old mother to two sons, aged 3 and 18 months. we are currently expecting our third baby, through international adoption. my husband and i were married in june of 2004, […]

I am what I am – a mom (Rachel)

Well here goes nothing… My name is Rachel I’m about to be 21 I have 2 wonderful kids A boy that is 3 and a girl 1. I had my son when I was 17 ( yes i was married and got married at 16 ) and i hated my body after I had him […]

Mother of Two (Anonymous)

I recently just had my second child, a precious little girl a couple weeks ago. After I had my first child in 2006, I submitted photos to this site. Now after my second I am sending updated ones. With both pregnancies I gained 30lbs, starting out each time around 130. I am currently down to […]

First Bub @ 16, Second @ 18 (Anonymous)

I had my first baby when i was 16. fell pregnant with my second when i was 17 and had him when i was 18. still with the father and hopefully will be for a while yet. Although i did come looking for a site like this because of the self esteem issues i have […]

10 Months PP with Baby #2 (Kimi)

I am Kimi. I am a 24 year old mom of 2. My DS is 2 (8-3-06) he was born 8 days late. DD is 10 months (1-25-08) and she was 2 weeks & 2 days late. I gained & lost over 100 pounds in about 2 years. As you can see my children are […]

Update (Anonymous)

Original entry here. I thought I’d leave a update… My baby is now 16 months, and my princess is 3. I’m still struggling with my body image, but I did that before I got pregnant the first time… I think this is a fantastic site. I feel beautiful, stronge, and at home here. thanx.

2 Beautiful Boys and an “Apron” (Anonymous)

I was always skinny. 111 pounds before the birth of my first son, and proceeded to gain 55 pounds. I ended up with stretch marks from literally my breasts to a few inches past my knees. After I lost the weight, my breasts were just loose skin, nothing else. My stomach looked pretty wrinkly, but […]

2 Baby Girls by 20 (Regina)

Previous entry here. My name is Regina. I became pregnant with my first daughter when I was 16 years old. I planned on giving her up for adoption for the first 5 months of the pregnancy but in the end I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Her father and I were married when I […]

Pregnancy Photos (Anonymous)

I’ve included three pictures of my belly when I was pregnant the second time. The one in the white shirt is at 40 weeks, just a few days before labor began. The black shirt is at 37 weeks, and the view from the top of my bulging belly-button is at 34 weeks. I had my […]


i am 27 years and have 2 children. my daughter is 3 and i gave birth to her naturally and she weighed 8 lbs 5 oz. i was in labor for 20 hours with any pain meds.i bounced back so quickly! i loved it. then my husband and i decided to have another baby. we […]

Second Time Preggo (Anonymous)

So when i was sixteen i got pregnant and when i was 17 on February first 2008 i gave birth to my beautiful little girl Alana Grace Watson,whats really weird is one of my closest friends Ashley took the same journey at the same time and she had her Beautiful little girl Bailey Nicole Robles […]

12 Weeks After pregnancy #2 (Anonymous)

here is me 12 weeks after my second delivery. i was pregnant with boy/girl twins the first time and sadly we lost our beautiful baby girl 3 weeks after they were born (prematurely). i got pregnant again about 6 weeks after we brought our son home from the hospital. 12 weeks ago i gave birth […]

20 Year Old Mommy (Anonymous)

I am a 20 y/o SAHM of 2 boys and an air force wife. I got pregnant when my husband (boyfriend at the time obviously) were both 16. Our son was born 10/27/05 when we were 17. We got married in June 2007 and started TTC baby #2 in November. After 1 month of TTC, […]

My Body 8 Months PP, Second Child (K)

I have always been a healthy weight but still had to watch what I ate.I was pretty naive and assumed that my body would go back to normal straight after birth. I quit smoking as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my son (my first pregnancy)and the weight just piled on. I […]

6 weeks pp (Anonymous)

For those out there who didn’t automatically return to their pre-pregnancy bodies, I wanted to share what time has done for me so far. The pictures that I am sharing are from my second pregnancy. I had stretch marks with the first and the second. I only gained 44 pounds with my first pregnancy and […]

1 year later!

In 2006 I became pregnant while broken up with my husband, we weren’t married at the time but still seeing each other. At 5 weeks I miscarried and a month later we were married, it was already planned but it devastated me to lose my baby. Eight months later we conceived our son Jacob who […]

Two boys and trying for one more baby (Anonymous)

I have had two boys that are sixteen months apart. My oldest is three and the baby is almost two. I workout several days a week plus I try to eat as healthy as possible. I am disgusted with my body but I also realize that this body brought two beautiful lives into this world. […]

My changing belly (Anonymous)

I am 26 years old with 2 kids, 18 months apart. I was lucky, I didn’t get any stretch marks with my first, but my second was a 9 pounder and I’m only 5’2″ so now I have lots of them! At first I didn’t like them, but now they’re my battle scars….a reminder how […]

2 weeks post-cesarean (Anonymous)

Here are pics of my belly and scar 2 wks after…the scar has not gotten any better. I’m due in 3 wks with #2 and my body is destroyed!

2nd baby – 6 months pp (Anonymous)

I feel so insecure about my new post pardum body. I looked so much better after my first son, but am having a tough time losing weight after my youngest son (my oldest is 3 1/2yrs and my baby is 6months). I feel so ugly compared to many women around the city. I cannot seem […]

2 years pp and finally… (Anonymous)

2 years pp and finally at a “healthy” weight… I was overweight before my first pregnancy. I all the pregnancy weight plus 20 pounds after that delivery. TWO YEARS after my second delivery I am finally at what is considered “normal” weight for my height. What I should have weighed before conceiving #1. I am […]

Me after two pregnancies and two c-sections (Anonymous)

I am 26 years old. I have two beautiful daughers ages 7 and 2 years. With my first daughter I was 98 lbs for my first doctor visit at 8 weeks pregnant! I gained about 63 lbs!! I lost the weight pretty quickly and was back down to about 100 lbs.(I am 5ft 5in). Then […]

One Month Postpartum with Number Two (Anonymous)

My previous entry is here.

A Dream Un-Attained (so far) – (Anonymous)

I have one beautiful daughter who is two years old and I hated my body afterward. I was single and I thought that no one would ever be attracted to me. I was disgusted by myself, and I couldn’t understand how anyone would want to have sex with me. When Brenna was 7 months old […]

Loving My Stretchmarks (Anonymous)

I have 2 babies, my son is 2.5 and my daughter is 1. My whole life I have been happy with my body except for when my mom would tell me I was getting chunky (which I now know I wasn’t). Before I got pregnant, I was 165 and 5’7. I was muscular and looked […]

6 Months Postpartum, 2 Kids 15 Months Apart

I am a 24 year old mother of two gorgeous little boys. I had my first son in December 2006. He is now 21 months old. A short 7 1/2 months later I got the surprise of a life time and found out that I was pregnant again. My youngest son is now 6 months […]

…Extra skin (Anonymous)

Sexy Extra Skin Here is my belly 9 months after the birth of my 2nd daughter (born 17 months after my first.) I am 28 years old. I gained 50 lbs with my first daughter (born 8 lbs 13 oz), and with her I measured full term at 25 weeks. My 2nd daughter was born […]

3 Years Postpartum (Anonymous)

I had a horrible first pregnancy 6 years ago where i gained 81pounds plus alot of stretch marks. I managed to lose all the weight within a few months but was left with a mess of a stomach and butt from stretch marks and extra skin. I gave birth to a second child 3 years […]

This is Me (Angela)

My name is Angela and I’ve never been a slender girl. I’ve always fought with my weight and have had a poor body image since before puberty (Thanks Mom) It wasn’t until after the birth of my first son Azriel that was I was able to gain some sort of acceptance towards my body. Even […]

eighteen months postpartum with baby #2 and 100 pounds lighter (Anonymous)

My entire life I have hated my body. And because of that hatred, I had no desire to take care of myself. I gained weight, lots of weight, and teetered on the edge of 300lbs. Then in my quest to become a surrogate mother, I started reading about beautiful women who hate their bodies because […]

8 days pp, second child (Anonymous)

I wanted to share my pp photos. After my first child, I was wearing my old clothes again within days. This time, its a different story. I had stretch marks after my first, but got more stretch marks this time around. I’m optimistic that I will loose the weight and will post more at a […]

25 After 2 Kids (Anonymous)

I love this website. I felt like I was the only person in the world that had stretch marks! Seems like all my friends and family lucked out with pregnancy. I have stretch marks from the tops of my breasts all the way down to the backs of my knees. I’ve never been too self […]

Update: 11 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

hi all i posted before here. just thought i would do you an update. I’m still breastfeeding, im still padded and probably will continue to be until i stop breastfeeding. I am however at peace with myself.I will get back to be being in shape again, but until then i have a wonderful husband that […]

7 Weeks (Anonymous)

I’m submitting my photo because I’ve finally come to terms with being a mother in the whole sense of the word, the best I can. I decided to accept the little changes and focus more on the moment, and in this moment, I could never have more joy in my life. I had postpartum depression […]

Worth Every Line (Anonymous)

This is my second pregnancy, my first left me with stretch marks everywhere. I knew I would get them, my mother got her fair share from me. I’m not upset at all by them though, i thought i would be but instead i watch my two year daughter and think she was worth every line. […]

My Body Before and After HBAC (Anonymous)

Previous post here. I had my first child via C-section after a long traumatic labor when I was 21. I was told that my pelvis was misshapen, very small, and that I wouldn’t be able to birth a baby bigger than 6 lbs. Four years later, I birthed my second child into my own hands […]

6.5 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

I am 23 yrs. old. This was my 2nd pregnancy but first born (1st on was a mc.) I was 167 lbs before pg. Went up to 210 lbs and I am now at 183 lbs. I have come to terms that this is now what my body looked like. At 167 I was in […]

Twins (Kasondra)

Original entry here. i first found this site right after i gave birth to my son 2 years ago. i of course was a little skeptical about putting photos of my once toned now scarred body on the internet for the world to see. after looking at the site more and seeing the confidence it […]

Love my body more now (Anonymous)

After gaining 45 lbs with my first at age 26, I though that I would never been in shape again. I put a lot of dedication into eating healthy after he was born and loved my body even more after becoming a mom. I am now 27 weeks pregnant with my second ….at 27 weeks […]

2 Babies, 23 Months Apart (Anonymous)

I’m 28.. I have two daughters who are my life. One is just about to turn 3, and my baby just turned one. I gained and lost 30 lbs with my first, and 40 with my second.. I was thrilled when I found your site, it shows pictures of real women.. It makes me realize […]

Body by Lizzy (Anonymous)

Well, I’m 37 week pg with no.2. My lil girl Elizabeth. I just wanted to share. Growing babies is hard work both inside and out. My first time around was alot harder, this time I’m alot more accepting. I love my roundness, and knowing that I’m making a healthy lil big person. I tend to […]

Mommy Body (Anonymous)

I look in the mirror everyday and go “huh…is this what I wanted 5 years ago?” No. Not the body that I have now, but I would not go back and change a thing. I have two beautiful boys and a husband who finds me sexy even though I don’t feel it. I loved being […]

Two Kids Later (Anonymous)

When I came across this site, I couldn’t wait to share some photos of my post-baby-tummy! I ran straight to the bathroom at work and took a couple….the first 2, are what my tummy looks like now….My oldest is 3 1/2, and my youngest baby is 9 months old.

Thank You (Anonymous)

First I want to say thank you to all the women who have posted on this site. It is not easy to take pictures of your body and show others. My body image is something I have struggled with for years. I have two children, 5 and 9 months old. I would like to have […]

2 Beautiful Boys and Lots of Stretchmarks (Anonymous)

After delivering my first son I was so upset by all the stretchmarks. In time they did fade but the indentations remained. With my second pregnancy I carried 3 weeks longer and did get a few new ones but it was far less devistating this time around. I am back to my prepregnant weight and […]

12 Months Postpartum (After 2 cesareans/girls) (Anonymous)

I was originally told I could not have any children. One thing I could never accept. After 7 years of trying, I finally succeeded in falling pregnant naturally (2004). My first little girl was born exactly 8pounds via caeser because she was breech. I developed pre-eclampsia with this one and managed to put on a […]

Soft Underbelly (Gawdess)

I am a lucky woman. I have four kids, two I gave birth too and two by the miracle of adoption. My body is strong and I can run long distances. Recently, inspired by this website I posted a picture of my stomach and how I feel about it to my blog.

Update (Anonymous)

Original entry here. Adjusting to a new body is tough. Being able to look in the mirror every day and actually LIKE what you see is tough. But making, growing, and giving birth to another human being… your CHILD… is incredible. Since my last entry, I haven’t lost any more weight. I seem to have […]


I never thought I would get pregnant. I was told it would be unlikely as I had very bad endometriosis and womb cancer. My husband and I were so happy and felt so blessed when we got pregnant in August last year. Unfortunately I miscarried at 11 weeks. We decided to try again and were […]

24 weeks pregnant with second baby (Anonymous)

I am 24 years old and I am already a mother of a 2 year old boy. This is my second pregnancy. These pictures are from week 24 of my second pregnancy. I am a pretty small girl. I became huge with my first but I gained an average weight of 30 lbs. I was […]

My Everything (Kristin)

Hello, my name is Kristin and i am 20 years old. I got mrried to my husband at 19, he is 24. We got pregnant a few months after getting married , we were soo happy but i lost our first baby at 8 weeks. It was the hardest thing ever. We got pregnant again […]

Perfection (Caurie)

Becoming a mother saved my life. Before I became pregnant with my first son my focus in life was my body. I had anorexia and exercise bulimia for years. In the pursuit of a “perfect” body my body was like an old woman’s. I had osteopenia, the enamel on my teeth was eroded, my heart […]

9 weeks post partum shape (Anonymous)

Im 27 and i have two wonderful sons, one six years, the newest 9 weeks.I decided to post my pictures, dispite crying at how horrendous i look.I honestly hate the way i husband tells me he finds me sexy and loves me, but how he can find that sexy is beyond me.I have always […]

Second Pregnancy, Teen Pregnancy (Anonymous)

Having kids was the best thing that happened to me. Looking in the mirror was the worst! I develop acne and the worst stretch marks ever. I have seen alot of your pictures and still i feel like i’m the worst. My first child was at the age of 16,and the second one 17. CRAZY […]

20 Week Belly (Anonymous)

This is a picture taken of my 20 weeks pregnant belly. I have one little girl already who is almost 4 and that’s where the stretchmarks come from. I used to be moderately ashamed of them, but since being pregnant with this child and looking at all the bumps online, I realize that I should […]

2 Babies in 2 Years (Anonymous)

I found out I was pregnant with my first child in February 2004. I couldn’t wait for my husband to get home that day from work. He told me on the way home that he had news for me too. I told him I was pregnant and he told me that he got laid off. […]

My body as a mother and mother-to-be (Anonymous)

I wish to remain anonymous, but I felt inspired to contribute. These pictures I am submitting are of me at 25 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. The stretch marks are from my first pregnancy. I had a c-section, so the skin is still saggy where my scar is. I lost about 50 lbs from […]

Triplet Belly

This is a timeline of my belly from 7 weeks through 36 weeks, 3 months post partum, and my babies at 6 weeks old. I gave birth, at home, to my three beautiful babies at 37 weeks. Though this pregnancy changed by body forever, I loved every minute of it. Being a mom of triplets […]


I’ve been meaning to submit to Shape of A Mother – what a fantastic project! I’ve done some writing about body image for mothers through my work as a henna artist and several people have recommended this project to me. I would be honored to participate. Three children – pregnant from April 2003 to June […]


This is my body 10 months postpartum and 8 weeks pregnant(due Aug 07). I am VERY happy to look as I do. I feel very empowered. I lost most of my baby weight(maxed out at 160 from 100) and I’m looking forward to gaining weight all over again. We’re all beautiful.


Just a photo I took this week to highlight how proud I am of the blessing Gods given me. I have one son who is 2 yrs. old… This will be our 2nd child. I have no clue what this baby is… Everyone says girl but I think thats because I have a boy already. […]


This is my belly around 36 weeks pregnant with number 2. We did this for Halloween and had a lot of fun with it. You probably can’t see them but I had stretch marks and the belly overhang from the c-section I had the first time. I didn’t get any new stretch marks this time […]


This is a shot of my belly at 31 weeks. All the stretch marks are from my first pregnancy, three years ago. I stretched out so much from the first one that, as of yet, I have developed no new stretch marks. I was 18 when I had my first. So, just because you’re young […]

Small scars for a triplemom

What a wonderful site (or sight) to see all real mothers and their tummies. These are the small scars I got from two pregnancies resulting in three kids. First we had a girl which actually didn´t scar the tummy at all. The second pregnancy was a twin pregnancy adn the stripes didn´t show until the […]


This site is an incredible inspiration! I love checking here every day, and seeing other women’s stories, and I thought that I’d share mine. My husband and I were married in September of 2002. We decided to start trying for a baby in January of 2003, and in June, I got my BFP. I was […]


13 weeks approx. (pregnesia kicking in, can’t remember poop) YAY round. Thanks, Red, for sharing an update! (Her original entry can be found here.)

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