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I had my first child at age 36, my second at age 39. This is me at 40. I don’t recognize my body. I used to do yoga several times a week, feel very strong and fit, and was a size 2, with a small waist and firm breasts. I’m all mush now, and it’s hard for me to look at. I love my kids, but I don’t feel very pretty. I surprised myself with the body image issues I’ve had postpartum, especially since I’m such a strong feminist, and have always scorned dieting and any hint of the Lean Cuisine size-conscious mindset. Thank you for this website. I love that it’s here, and all these women are here.

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  • Sarah Monday, March 10, 2008, 12:19 am

    This is definitely one of my favorite sites, too. You look beautiful! I love your photos. I never thought of how I would have felt if I had children later in life and had a longer relationship with my prebaby body, but I guess that’s not the way things ironed out for me.
    Loving your body does take work sometimes. It doesn’t come magically to most. ;) You look awesome!

  • Elliottsmom Sunday, April 13, 2008, 12:03 am

    aw, your body looks like a happy face.

  • Charlotte Saturday, July 5, 2008, 12:57 am

    Hehe, it’s like your body is saying, “I’m very tired, but I made a cutie!”
    It’s beautiful.

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