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Comfortable in my skin (Southern Mama)

Im a 29 yr old mother of a 2 yr old and a 10 month old. I gained 50 lbs with my first baby who was 9 lbs. With my second baby I gained 70 lbs, geez, she was 8lbs 4oz. Both c-sections. I ate anything and everything in sight when I was pregnant with my babies. I was big, round, and jolly! Im pretty happy with my body. I did lose all the weight easily, but I still have some stretch marks which bother me alot. Mostly on one hip and some light ones on my stomach. Im still breastfeeding, so the breasts that I do have will be gone once I stop. I will miss having full breasts. Seeing all the beautiful pictures and reading all the courageous stories on this site makes me proud to be a mom!

in Belly, Breasts, Cesarean, Cesarean Scar and/or Incision, Postpartum, Second Pregnancy, Submissions
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  • Melissa Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 7:50 am

    Wow you look great. I gained 50lbs and ended up with loose skin and stretchmarks ear to ear. I lost all the weight but my body wont ever resemble its former self. Seeing you makes me feel good because it helps me take some of the blame off myself. Thanks you for posting. You look great!

  • Bridget Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 9:22 am

    You really look incredible. I don’t see any stretch marks. You are a hottie mama!

  • Shealene Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Holy crap! You look amazing! It looks like you didn’t even have babies and your scar healed up so well!
    P.S. Great job on breastfeeding!!

  • Tami Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Just wanted to say you look great! I have a 2 yr old and a 13 month old, gained 50 lbs each pregnancy as well. I was lucky to have been able to lose all the weight plus some, but my skin is very loose in the belly- mainly when I sit. May I ask how you were able to lose the weight and not get loose skin? I am 5’7 120 lbs and it’s just frustrating when my belly still sags a bit. May I ask how tall/weight you are as well, maybe that helps with the skin. :)

  • Southern Mama Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 6:31 pm

    thanks ladies for the sweet comments!

    you know each time I gained all that weight a part of me felt guilty. But I truly believe your gonna gain whatever your body needs to sustain a pregnancy.

    Tami- I am 5’6 and 120. When I stand it is tight, but when I sit my belly is loose/wrinkly too. I just suck it in and I dont look down at it much. lol. Ive always been active, but I started a gym (with a nursery) about a month ago. I lift weights or do aerobics about twice a week. But when I was about 4 mths postpartum with my 2nd baby I started doing pilates dvd’s at home. It really focuses on your core. It teaches you how to stabilize and hold your ab muscles. I think it helped shrink my skin down a little as well. Hope this helps! =)

  • Angele Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Holy hell you are hot!! Amazing body! I swear you dont even look like you had a child let alone gained 50 then 70 lbs. I gained about 60 lbs with my second and I have all loose skin hanging all over the place… lol..

    Hot mama! :)

  • shannon Thursday, February 19, 2009, 8:05 am

    southern mama, I am 22 and about to have my second child in 7 or 8 weeks repeat c-section. I gained about 50-55 with my first, and I have gained like 40 so far with this one. I got such bad stretch marks with Connor (my first), but I got a flat stomach for the most part after him (some loose skin). I am really worried about what my stomach will look like after this one. May I ask what you looked like right after (a few months after) your second? Looking at your pics gives me some hope…but I know I will have to work very hard…I just wonder what your stomach looked like a few months ago!

  • Samantha Thursday, February 19, 2009, 10:20 am

    Wow your body looks just like mine!

  • Southern Mama Thursday, February 19, 2009, 5:06 pm

    to shannon-
    the first 4 months I had what I called the “dunlap” (like the tires) belly. when i sat down it rolled over touching the other side. my body took longer to recover the 2nd time around vs. the 1st. I think that is true with most moms. my belly got a little more loose after both pregnancies. i wish i wouldve posted pregnancy & early postpartum pics to show you, but it did take a little longer. i know its hard to do cause I did worry too, but try not to and enjoy the rest of pregnancy!

  • Bry Thursday, February 19, 2009, 6:28 pm

    Wow! You’re an inspiration! I too gained 70 lbs, I’ve only lost 30 of it so far… well that was all in the first week postpartum, I’m stuck at 165 now and I’m 16 weeks postpartum. But seeing your pics gives me hope! I never looked that good pre-baby, but I’m hoping with some effort I may actually look decent again! You’re amazing.

  • Sarah Saturday, February 21, 2009, 12:44 am

    You have a beautiful body! Congrats on the weight loss! I love your freckles on your tummy! :D

  • red Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10:04 pm

    What scar? What stretch marks? Cant see any..
    If that is you PP, cant imagine what you look like pre pregnancy..
    You look scorching hot!

  • Emma Friday, March 27, 2009, 8:08 am

    wow! u look amazing! i only have 1 18month old and look no where near! how did u do it?

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  • Jamie Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 8:03 pm

    ill say it again SUPERMODEL… sexy southern girls

  • Tammy Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 2:04 am

    How is your scar so white – how long does that take to happen _ I am 4 months post partum and mine is still red red red – did you use any creams or oils etc… If so can you tell me pleeeeassseee your scar looks great

  • Southern Mama Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I actually have 2 scars from each pregnancy. They are intertwined. I scar pretty well, but also I used mederma. However, I do believe time is the best medicine. In a few months, Im sure your scar will be lighter =)

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