Four children later, I don’t even recognize my own body (Anonymous)

I had my first child at 19. I was trim, fit, but curvy. I weighed all of 135lbs when I got pregnant with my first child, and am 5’5″. My breasts were a perky 36B/C, and I didn’t even require a bra. My belly was never flat, regardless of working out and being in shape. I had that wonderfully feminine pooch. I hated my body. I thought I was fat, my breasts too small. I was miserable and unhappy with the way I looked. After my first, it took me well over a year to lose the weight. Even though I was back down to 135lbs, I was still a full pants size bigger. I chalked it up to my hips spreading and got over it. I still felt huge though. After my second child at 21, my bod never went back, and I continued to weigh about what I did when I gave birth to my first. The upswing, I finally had breasts!! Now I had to wear a bra all the time. Clearly this was not quite what I’d had in mind, not quite the blessing I thought it would be. It was four and half years later before i had my third. I didn’t gain much with him, which was good because I was already uncomfortably larger than I ever wanted to be. My breasts were GIGANTIC when I was nursing him. They never went away when I weened him. My fourth and final baby was born 17mos after my third. He was a bit of a surprise. I had had c-sections with all three other children. With my fourth, the doctor had to a classic vertical incision because I had so much scar tissue under and around my bikini cut of my previous three. I looked like the Bride of Frankenstein. It was/is beautiful. Thick keloidic scaring not only from my belly button to pubic bone, but also from hip to hip. Luckily I was able to make it go down some with vitamin E. I was distressed with the newest scar because any illusion that I would some day lose the weight and be able to wear a bikini again, was finally gone. I would never be that hot young woman that I never realized I was until it was gone. My belly sags down and hangs over, my breasts are large and full and heavy, I have stretch marks in odd places, my hips are fatty, my rear is now misshapen. But that’s ok, because my sons tell me I’m beautiful every day. And my oldest daughter, now nearly 12, was picked on at school. Not having much to tease her about as she’s smart, beautiful, and genuinely nice, a boy decided to tease her by telling her her mom was fat. She came home distressed about this and when I told I didn’t care what an 11 yr old boy thought of me she said “Well, I mean, it’s not like you’re going to have the body of a super-model, you’ve had four kids!!” My work is done, I’ve taught her well.

8 thoughts on “Four children later, I don’t even recognize my own body (Anonymous)

  • Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I just wanted you to know that my boyfriend and I read your story and checked out your pictures. He doesn’t think you are fat at all, and neither do I. You’re an inspiration to us all. And I agree with you: I would take anything an 11 year old boy said and believe the EXACT opposite. LOL!

  • Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    From what you were describing I expected you to look very different. You are much thinner and your scars are basically nonexistent! You look fantastic! You are far from fat. You’re gorgeous!

  • Monday, February 11, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I am your twin, we have the same body. I too was expecting to see someone different from how you described yourself. I think you look great! Keep your head up!

  • Monday, February 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I sympathize with you about the keloid scar. With my last child I had an emergency c-section (vertical incision) and ended up with a keloid scar. Then four years ago I had a hysterectomy and they cut on the same scar line. Let’s not even talk about what my stomach looks like now! The good thing was, the kind doctor tried to pretty things up down there, and I am grateful to him. It doesn’t look great, but it’s better.

  • Friday, February 15, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Clearly you are a sensitive, wise woman who has indeed taught her children well. You are NOT fat and even if you feel you are…you should keep in mind that you have been blessed with intellect and kindness. Many many people do not possess these qualities, but have supermodel figures. They can’t change their ignorance and stupidity!

  • Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:38 am

    You aren’t even fat!

  • Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 7:51 pm


    I am a Pilates teacher of over 10 years in Toronto, Ontario. I also have 3 children and I believe that I understand the difficulty women face accepting their bodies after pregnancy and the rigours of childbirth (I too had 3 c-sections). What is hard to imagine is that you indeed DO have muscles that can be woken up…and I don’t care what anyone tells you…you can regain your previous self…in fact I will go further and say you could do better!! The caveat is you need to educate yourself on nutrition and fitness. With these tools you will love your body and be ready for the beach!! Write me anytime if you need help!! Michelle

  • Friday, May 23, 2008 at 10:05 am

    THAT’S fat??? Oh, dear, I’m in trouble…. lol (you’re not fat)

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