First Child (Anonymous)

Even before I became pregnant, I visited this site. Seeing the photos and reading the stories got me excited about what I hoped was to come, and gave me courage to face that fact that I was about to embark on a journey that would, in all probability, change my body forever. Sharing my story and photos is a little way of saying thanks. My pregnancy was on the easy side I’d say. I never exercised, but as I live in a “walking city”, my day to day life keeps me in reasonable shape. I cut back a bit while pregnant (more taxis when I was hauling groceries, for example), but mostly kept to my normal routine. My eating habits changed a bit though. As a former vegetarian, I still tend towards vegetables and high fiber, but I found myself wanting (and eating) burgers and pastry on a weekly basis. I don’t think it was over the top, but it was a change for sure. By the end, I think my portion size had doubled as well. I was ALWAYS hungry. No reflux or end of term sickness for me, just give me more food please, and cake at the end! My ,main focus was on trying to eat a balanced diet; I didn’t pay much attention to fat content or calorie count. That was easy at first, because I was gaining well under the curve for the first 6-7 months. But when the third trimester hit, I packed on about half of my weight! It was scary, actually, because it was so sudden. I rubbed coco butter into my belly and breasts every day and night of my pregnancy, despite the fact that I really beleive stretch marks are genetic and there isn’t much we can do one way or the other. It smelled nice and felt like a small luxury though, so I kept it up. These photos are of me the week I got a positive, at 35 weeks, 40 weeks (the one where I’m dressed–the midwife had said “probably today” so I was packing and taking my last photo–oof course the birth wasn’t until 41.5 weeks!) and today, one month and four days after giving birth to a 3.3kilo / 7 lb 2oz baby boy. I’ve also included one of the two little strech marks I ended up with. They’re small and light and even if I sound strange saying so, I like them. They’re a mark my baby left on me to show where he lived for 9 months and I’ll always have them to remember how little he once was. I’m 30 years old and 5 foot 4. I began my pregnancy at 54 kilos/119 lbs and ended it at 68 kilos/150 lbs. My eating habits are back to normal (well, except I never get to eat anything while it’s hot anymore!) and I am 57 kilos / 125 llbs.

5 thoughts on “First Child (Anonymous)

  • Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Wow! You look awesome!I love those beautiful little stretchmarks… I have similar ones. :)

  • Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Get a load of those breast-feeding bazooms! Shazam sister! :D

  • Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I ended up with only 2 tiny little stretch marks on my tummy, looking to be in the same place as well… but my breast and thighs and buttocks did not escape the wrath of pregnancy. I became pregnant again, at 11 months post partum, and am currently 23 weeks (due the 4th of July)… and I have come to find that the two tiny little stretch marks are beginning to become a little tad bit longer – I am hoping to come away from this pregnancy with minimal scaring, but I guess in the end, if I do… it really will all be worth it.

  • Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Wow you look awesome! Seriously AWESOME! I think it is funny looking at your boobs in the beginning and then seeing them in the same bra after birth! LOL… Which each pregnancy I went up a cup size. 34C to 36D, 36D to 36DD, 36DD to 36DDD/E.

  • Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I certainly agree with the others.

    I just wanted to add that it was great you used the same underwear. Not only because it still fit but it provides a good reference point to see your body changes.

    Thanks for sharing.

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