7 weeks postpartum…7 pounds to go (Anonymous)

23 years old, first birth and first pregnancy
baby is now 7 weeks old

When I first found out I was pregnant I never thought of the impact a pregnancy could have on my body. I just could not imagine that I would have stretch marks and spider veins at my age…my mom has those not me! Well now I know that the reason why she has those is exactly because she is a mom. Well being a mom did change my body, I gained almost 40 pounds during my pregnancy, got a few stretch marks on my hips and spider veins on my legs.

Throughout my pregnancy I did not consider having a c-section, baby was head down, average size, nothing let me to consider that option but baby had other plans and I ended up having an emergency c-section. I didn’t want to have one really, I had been told that losing weight was harder after a c-section and so was the recovery but when the time came I just wanted my baby out.

I was very lucky and lost most of my weight very quickly and had a fairly fast recovery without any complications.

Not considering that my body might be changed forever during my pregnancy left me pretty shocked after the birth of my son when I first looked in the mirror. My breasts are unrecognizable and so is my belly. I only have 7 pounds left to be back to my pre baby weight but my clothes are 2 sizes bigger. I now have the body of a mother and I must learn to live with it.

NOW I must start working hard to get my body back to an attractive state (attractive to ME not to my husband). I don’t know how much work it will take but I am willing to work hard.

Updated here.

6 thoughts on “7 weeks postpartum…7 pounds to go (Anonymous)

  • Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    omg, not to patronize your feelings but seriously, your only 7 weeks, my gosh, you have no idea how much your body will change by 3 months them 6 months and by a year you’ll have probably gone back to how you used to look

  • Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Your belly doesn’t really look saggy at all and I don’t see stretch marks on the belly. Looking good!

  • Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    SEVEN weeks??? You’re serious??? Holy cow you look GREAT!!! I’m so jealous! It took me weeks longer to look that good! Lucky thing! :D

  • Friday, April 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    You will be so surprised how much you will change in the coming months. At 7wks pp you are not even close to fully recovered. It takes time for swelling to fully go away.. your body is adjusting to everything all over again. I’ve been through 2 c/s, and I think it took me about 6 months to feel really great about my shape again. You look great and just stay positive!

  • Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    OMG, give yourself a break. Do not look to Hollywood moms with private chefs and trainers and nannies as what you should look like 7 weeks (or really, 7 months!) after having a baby. Enjoy this new role and relax, the weight does come off.

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Wow, you look great! At 7 weeks, your uterus is JUST returning to it’s normal size, and your muscles were stretched out for probably 5 months or so, so it’s obviously has to take longer to contract them back to normal.
    The best thing I did to get back into shape, was babywearing as much as possible, for almost 3 years. I had awesome legs and butt, great shoulders; it even works your core muscles by encouraging you to stand up straight (you’ve seen women pushing strollers up hill by leaning over with their arms out straight—they’re missing an awesome core muscle work out!). And, the best thing is, you don’t have to devote any separate time to it–just do it while housecleaning, shopping, going to the library, cooking, etc!!

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