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Body after Baby (Anonymous)

I was 28 years old when I had my first and only child. I think this site is a great thing, because it is promoting a healthy body image for those of us who have had children! During my pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes, irregular heart rhythm, pre-eclampsia, among other smaller complications. I was on bed rest for four months, and gained a total of 76 pounds, the last 13 pounds of it in fluid! I was swelled from my neck down by the time I had an emergency c-section at 36 weeks. After recovering from c-section, I became very disheartened at my body’s appearance. I have fair skin to begin with, and I had a lot of stretch marks. On top of that, and having the customary pooch, I had a lower than normal c-section cut, which just made the pooch flop right over it.

I’m including pictures of myself at 6 months pregnant, shortly after delivery holding my daughter (you can see how HUGE and swelled I was in this picture!), my body about 3 weeks post-delivery, my body at 5 months post-partum, and my current body at 10 months post-partum. Also, another picture of me and my daughter at about 4 weeks, and a picture of her at Christmas time. The pictures are not of the greatest quality, because most were taken with a phone camera to track my body and its progress. But, I think the important thing with this site is that we can be healthy, in shape, and look great as mothers! I am proud of my body, and even though it will never be the same as it was before pregnancy, I don’t miss the old one. This one gave life, and how amazing is that? It doesn’t get any better.










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  • Michaelene Saturday, March 29, 2008, 11:25 am

    You look great! I’m so happy to hear you be such a positive mom in light of everything you had to endure during pregnancy, including a c-section delivery. Your daughter is beautiful and looks like a happy, healthy baby — and you look so complete holding her in your arms. What a lucky little girl to have such a great role model for a mommy. Thank you for sharing.

  • Milk Mama Saturday, March 29, 2008, 11:43 am

    Wow!!! You look AWESOME!!! Have you been breastfeeding? You lost that weight FAST!!! And you’re only at 10 months postpartum in that last pic! Keep us updated!

  • Sussanna Saturday, March 29, 2008, 3:27 pm

    You keep looking better and better!! And the little one is so gorgeous!!!

  • body after baby Monday, March 31, 2008, 1:25 am

    Thanks for the wonderful and positive comments! Yes, I did breastfeed for the first four months, and then with college and working, it got to be too much…:( But, at least I gave her the best start I could, not to mention it did help tremendously with weight loss!

  • Leigh Anne Monday, March 31, 2008, 4:29 pm

    That picture of you holding your daughter shortly after birth is beyond precious. I would love to have seen my mother holding me with such tenderness.

  • marta Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 5:17 pm

    in the picture of you standing off to the side you look like a goddess. Beautiful! All these woman here looks beautiful! Motherhood isa beautiful thing, I’m so glad there’s a site where being a “real” woman is not bad! Rock On!

  • jillian Monday, August 30, 2010, 12:02 am

    wow i wish i looked like that after having my baby

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