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1 Year PP & Positive Body Image (Emily)

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25yrs old
2 births
33 months and 12 months; 12 months pp

I am 12 months postpartum this month. I posted about 4 months ago here. I have always had body image issues and had an eating disorder as a teen. When I meet my husband at age 21 I had a healthy body weight for the first time and felt mostly good about myself. After my first pregnancy I gained weight and the self hate began. After my second pregnancy I decided the self hating had to end. I am worth loving just the way I am. I am beautiful. I am powerful. Its been a year now into my journey and I’ve made amazing progress. This site helped me a lot. After posting my 7 month pp photo, the picture was used on the yahoo article written about the site*. At first I was crushed by the negative commenters on yahoo and asked the picture be taken off the article. But the more I thought about all those crazy, mean comments on the article (yes, I read all 300!) the more I realized how wrong they were. How silly they were. How LAUGHABLE they were. And also, how cute my picture was. In other words, its was major therapy for me, and it was a blessing in disguise! I’m honestly loving my body. I think more positive thoughts daily than negative ones, and I’m quick to realize the silliness of my negative thoughts. I’m very proud of myself and I’m going to continue working on my positive body image.

*NOTE FROM BONNIE, site admin: When working with the media, I am careful to ONLY offer them photos that I have been specifically granted permission by the women who share them. In this case, the photo was taken without my consent and as soon as Emily contacted me I asked them to remove it and they did so fairly quickly. Emily, again, I am so sorry, but I am glad some good growth came out of a bad situation. Good for you!

Some pictures of my body at 12months pp & my sweet 1yr old boy.

in Belly, Eating Disorder, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions, Update
8 comments… add one
  • amber H Thursday, August 9, 2012, 9:24 am

    you look amazing! Dont let one negative comment from shallow minded people affect you!

  • Kerry Thursday, August 9, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Those negative comments are their own insecurities coming out. People think when they tear others down they may somehow feel better (though that’s never the case). You are beautiful and strong ♥

  • Sarah Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:56 pm

    You have an adorable and sexy belly! And an adorable baby to go with it!

    I’m sorry people are so mean, but realize that they are probably lashing out because of their own insecurities.

  • Kim Friday, August 10, 2012, 1:30 pm

    People said something bad about that shape? You’re a hottie, mama!!!! FX I have curves like that some day :-)

  • Sarah P. Sunday, August 12, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I’m so glad you didn’t listen to those stupid comments! Sadly, 99% of those comments were made by people with major body issues who were lashing out, trying to make others hurt to make themselves feel better. How messed up are we! You are a beautiful woman! Thank you for posting! And good for you for gleaning something good from something negative.

  • Jenn Sunday, August 12, 2012, 10:42 pm

    You’re amazing and brave. Good for you to correcting your interpretation of the negative comments.

    After my third child, born just over two years ago, my belly had lots of extra skin that persisted long into postpartum. I didn’t like it at all for quite a while. But then I decided to let go of my expectations and have patience. In time, it’s tightened up some- not entirely, but I don’t seem to care anymore. I’m fine just the way I am.

    xox Jenn

  • MHD Monday, August 13, 2012, 11:35 am

    It’s a sick world we live in that people could and would criticize your body. I see a woman how is in shape, who takes care of herself, and has carried a baby. What’s not to love!

  • Sarah Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Your shape and mine look very comparable :) Except you look like you have killer arms (which I lack).

    Kudos to you mama, you were strong enough to know how beautiful you are despite the sea of ugliness from those idiotic comment trolls!

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