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I have always had a poor body image. I hated my body prior to getting pregnant. I had a huge scar on my stomach and always felt like I needed to lose weight and was never happy with my body.

While I was pregnant I had never been happier with my body. I LOVED my body pregnant. I felt so good about myself and I loved the way I looked. I feel like I never looked better than when I was pregnant.

I figured after I delivered my baby I would go back to hating my body and my body would never return to the way it was. I have been lucky and it did go back somewhat to the way it was before (although my C cup breasts are now A’s).

I have to say I think my body is better now that it was prior to my pregnacy I think a large part of that is due to the fact that I learned to acutally love my body while I was pregnant.

Here are 3 photos of me 38 weeks pregnant:

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Here I am 12 months post partum


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  • Anonymous Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 7:30 pm

    Wow, I have a scar JUST like yours! It even goes around my bellybutton! I don’t even notice mine anymore, it’s just part of my body. You look great and you had a beautiful pregnant belly!

  • Mama D Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 8:14 pm

    Love that bikini picture! So brave! You look fabulous!

  • Livs Mommy Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 10:02 pm

    You do look fabulous – and its even more wonderful to hear you now have more love for your body. Respect it – it’s accomplished miracles :)

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 12:48 am

    Looking good! I think pregnancy and childbirth and acutally being a mom brings us so much closer to the true understanding that our bodies are incredible things. We create life!

  • Rebecca Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 7:02 am

    That scar is amazing. Congrats on your baby :)

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 7:43 am

    I have a large scar on my belly too – very dark pink – from the belly button down about 6 inches or so. It’s so nice to know there are other women out there who I “match” :) You look fantastic in the last image expecially – I’m glad you can appreciate your body now :)

  • Mama2B Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 2:27 pm

    You look great. I’ve never had a nice flat tummy like you even before getting pregnant!

  • Anonymous Thursday, September 7, 2006, 12:33 am

    What a lovely tummy you have. I have a very similar scar only mine is much longer in length. I now have a new scar from my c-section too. I used to feel depressed about my scars but after seeing how good you look – perhaps with some hard work I can learn to love my body a bit more.

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