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eighteen months postpartum with baby #2 and 100 pounds lighter (Anonymous)

My entire life I have hated my body. And because of that hatred, I had no desire to take care of myself. I gained weight, lots of weight, and teetered on the edge of 300lbs. Then in my quest to become a surrogate mother, I started reading about beautiful women who hate their bodies because they cannot carry babies.That really put things into perspective for me. After two children, and a lot of soul-searching, I finally was able to take charge of my life and start appreciating my body for it’s function instead of hating it for it’s appearance. I’ve still got a long road to go. But I’m on my way to being healthy both mentally and physically. Right now, I’m putting my weightloss aside to persue helping another couple have a baby. At eighteen weeks pregnant with my surro-babe, I am truly grateful for my body’s amazing ability to create and sustain life. Beauty fades, but my children are my legacy, and the joy they have brought me will last my whole life long. When you really think about it, what’s a few stretch marks and extra pounds, when you’re getting the chance of a lifetime to be expirience carrying your own child?

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14 comments… add one
  • Jaclyn Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 10:40 pm

    It is crazy how very similar our bodies look I thought it was me!!!You look great!! Congrats on everything!!

  • Sandy Thursday, October 2, 2008, 7:37 am

    Wow! You look beautiful and this collage is very pretty. And I admire your strength and love to carry children for those that can not.

  • lucy Thursday, October 2, 2008, 1:11 pm

    I was gonna say the same thing, your body looks so much like mine it’s weird! Nice entry and attitude :) best wishes with everything!

  • Natalie Thursday, October 2, 2008, 1:47 pm

    Jaclyn, how funny, I thought the same thing!

    Lady poster, you are beautiful, within and without.

  • Shannon Thursday, October 2, 2008, 6:00 pm

    I am so proud of you being a surrogate. That is just too wonderful to me. That is an absolutely amazing gift.

    I’m also just thinking – Wow, that could be me in those pictures. They look just like I do right now.

  • Julie Friday, October 3, 2008, 7:50 am

    Wow… I started to cry when I saw your pictures… I felt relieved and comforted knowing that I am not alone. You look beautiful. Congratulations on your motherhood.

  • Melissa Saturday, October 4, 2008, 2:34 pm

    I think its wonderful what your doing. Your beautiful both inside and out!

  • Dionne Sunday, October 5, 2008, 3:39 am

    It’s like looking in the mirror. You just look like a true woman.

  • MilkMama Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 12:52 pm

    Wow! What an amazing story!!! Congratulations on helping out another family! What a blessing you must be to them! :D

  • mother2 Thursday, October 9, 2008, 3:18 pm

    Your breast could be my breast, I swear! Identical.

  • Ange Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 8:58 am

    I love your words:
    “Beauty fades, but my children are my legacy, and the joy they have brought me will last my whole life long”.
    Sometimes we get caught up in how glamorous we should be on the outside and not within.

  • Stacy Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 11:27 pm

    I can’t believe how many women made the comment that this looks like them… because whoever this is has my body as well :) I mean obviously there are differences, but oh so similar. I just posted my story… pregnant with baby #6, 5 csections and hoping on a homebirth this time around. I am 27 and had my first daughter at 18, so I never had a body that was anything more than what it is… a product of motherhood. I plan to spend my life celebrating it and hoping to somehow make positive change on America’s perspective of body image. I don’t know how… but it is a definite goal of mine…. thank you ladies.

  • MamaOfFirstSon Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 11:11 pm

    oh my god!! my body looks so similar to yours and i am only 2 mos pp from my first baby. i had a c-section and i hate how my body looks. i hate the extra weight that won’t come off. i hate my body, but i know that i should celebrate and be thankful that my son is healthy and happy. i just wish my husband knew how to say the right thing to me. i want to run and hide my body any time he is around if i’m naked. i hate this.

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