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.