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6 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

I gave birth to my 1st child, a son, in August. It was a big surprise to find out that I was pregnant. I was in the middle of my college year and only 21 years old. My boyfriend was 30 and although I had doubts about the baby he was ready and excited. The fact that he was so eager to have the baby made the decision alot easier for me. I still had doubts until my 1st ultrasound at 11 weeks. After seeing my baby growing and changing inside me I knew I had made the right decison and I became very excited! My biggest concern about being pregnant was, of course, how my body would change. I am 5″2 and when I found out I was pregnant I was 110lbs. I loved wearing bikinis and belly tops and cute skirts and hoped and prayed my body would go back to normal. I only gained 25lbs throughout my pregnancy but I got tons of stretch marks. On my tummy and my thighs. I was devestated. I cried almost everyday. I did everything suggested to me to prevent the marks from appearing but I got them anyways. I also got PUPPPS in the last week of my pregnancy which made me soo uncomfortable and soo itchy and made my stretch marks bright red and really painful. At 41 weeks I was induced and after 10hrs of labour I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy weighing 8 lbs 5 oz. I am now 6 months pp and slowly learning to love my body. I have lost all the weight and a little more but I have a pooch I can’t seem to get rid of and My stretch marks have forever marked my once smooth,supple skin. I have days where I smile when I look at my body in the mirror because I know it was a good home for my son to grow and develop in and then there are other days when I am upset that I won’t be able to wear a bikini again and my marks make me feel like a disfigured freak. But if I had the choice I would do it all over again without even a second thought!!



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  • Sarah Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 12:20 am

    Girlfriend, if you can’t wear a bikini then what am I doing in one??? Get out there and be proud of your stretchmarks (I really can’t see them, though!!!) and have fun! Be proud of your body and who you are! Some day you’ll be fifty and saggy and twenty pounds heavier and you’ll be thinking, “Why didn’t I wear a bikini when I was 23 and so darn hot and skinny!!??”

  • Kimba Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 5:19 am

    You look great, I don’t see why you can’t wear a bikini?!?!?!?

  • Katie Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 9:07 am

    I think you have one of the sexiest mama bodies! I tihnk you look great! I am a mother myself and bisexual so you can be sure I am telling the truth! I am also young (20 yrs.) so i know how you feel about missing your old body.

  • MansonDust Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:08 am

    I would like to have your body ! You look very good, my god.. 6 months later.. that’s nothing & you STILL looks so good.

  • Katherine Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:33 am

    Rock the bikini! You’ve still got a super-cute bod, and you can be an example of a strong, sassy woman who doesn’t care if she has stretchmarks showing while she plays with her son at the beach or the pool. Ask yourself, who are you trying to impress anyway? Most likely only three people: you, your man, and your son.

  • Cindy Thursday, March 13, 2008, 9:57 am

    Girl i only wish that i looked half as good as you do! What are you worried about?

  • Helen Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:49 pm

    Your story is very similar to mine. I am 5’2 and was 110 when I found out that I was pregnant at 8 weeks. I gained 42 lbs, and did nothing to prevent stretch marks – and guess what – I got a ton of them, I was told by my doctor that it is genetic and you can’t prevent them, I have doubts till this day (I am 8.5 months post delivery) that maybe if i used those creams and gained not more than 30 lbs maybe stretch marks would not have appeared – by saying that you only gained only 25 and still got them, makes me not that upset maybe the doctor was right, it is genetic and you can’t do much about it.
    You look great by the way;)

  • Sandra Friday, March 14, 2008, 8:24 pm

    girl you look awesome. I too was 21 in college with a 30 yr old boyfriend.

    You should definitely wear a two piece….you look awesome!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

  • Maria Saturday, March 15, 2008, 4:38 pm

    you better wear one, dont be stupid! You should love that body for sure, your what the guys call a MILF, so smile and go shopping for a new two piece, your body is such a blessing, make sure to appreciate it! im 21 too and im still working on the weight loss , i half a lot more stretch marks then you and im still gonna wear a bikini next summer :-)

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