27 yr old mom, 2 kids 18 months apart, 3 years PP (Anonymous)

My first pregnancy, at 21, ended in an early miscarriage. I got pregnant with my first son a few months later. I started out around 135lbs and gained 35lbs with that pregnancy. My hips, bum, and thighs took a beating. With that pregnancy, my stomach had no stretch marks, but my thighs were a mess!!! I hadn’t lost the baby weight before getting pregnant with my second when my first was 10 months old. I was incredibly sick throughout my second pregnancy, vomitting from day one until the day I delivered. I only gained 24lbs with the second pregnancy. My thighs didn’t get any worse but I did end up with some new stretch marks on my stomach. My first son was born at 41 weeks weighing 8lbs 6ozs. My second was a big baby! He was 8lbs 12ozs, but more than 3 weeks early! My boys are 18 months and a few days apart. I sufferred from PPD after my first, and even worse with my second. The anti-depressants I was on caused me to gain a lot of weight, and in May 2006, I weighed more than I had at the end of either pregnancy. I’ve spent the last year trying to lose weight. I’ve lost 35lbs so far, but am still about 20lbs pregnancy weight. My youngest is 3 years old. I am a lot lighter now than I was when I got pregnant with him, but not as light as I was when I got pregnant with my first :). My stomach looks pretty good, and I have no problem in a bikini. But I have a hard time dealing with my saggy stretch-mark scarred thighs. Inner and outer thighs are really bad (as shown in picture). I’ve had a really hard time with my body image since having children. I look back at pictures of me on my honeymoon, in a bikini, and I remember how “fat” I thought I looked… at under 120lbs. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to my post-baby body. I’m not sure I ever will be able to completely accept it… but this site has really helped me feel better knowing I’m not alone :)

6 thoughts on “27 yr old mom, 2 kids 18 months apart, 3 years PP (Anonymous)

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    wow! your story sounds exactly like mine! I started out the same weight, and gained the same too. I think you look great!

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    Your thighs look like mine… yay I’m not alone! You look great!!! Boy… if you could be in a bikini so could I… I’m still scared about the whole thought, though. If you have the courage, then I should have the courage, too. Our bodies are very similar. Thanks for posting your story. I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling happier. PPD is very difficult to overcome!

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Sounds just like me… I remember thinking how much I hated my body at 115, now at closer to 130 and with too many stretchmarks to count, I wonder what the heck I was thinking some days! I’ve given up the whole thought of ever wearing a swimsuit… but if you could do it, then so could I… well… maybe if I put shorts on, too! :)

  • Monday, June 18, 2007 at 9:49 am

    My thighs look just like yours. I have stretch marks everywhere but this was the first summer that I had the guts to wear a normal swimsuit and I feel liberated. In reality, I guess my stretch marks aren’t so bad, its more the cellulite that I’ve aquired that is really upsetting me.

  • Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Your belly looks really good! Also, your thighs look like mine after my son. I thought I was the only one who got stretch marks on the thighs! I guess not! Thanks for making me feel normal again :)

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 10:42 am

    My inner thighs look much worse than yours, but I’m relieved that I’m not a freak!

    Thank you for making me feel a little better about myself :)

    You look wonderful!

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