Getting Used to My New Body (Katie)

I was 20 years old when I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were very excited because the month before I find out was the month we decided to start TTC so we were excited and shocked that it happened so quick! Well i started noticing my stretch marks when I was 35weeks and started to feel down about my body. (I turned 21 while I was pregnant) I kept telling my husband this is not the body of a 21 year old. I started looking at old pictures of my body in bathing suits. My husband kept reassuring me I was beautiful and that he didn’t marry me for my body and that he loved me. I had my daughter in June the day after my husbands birthday. My water broke on his birthday (what a wonderful gift :) ). The labor was a little rough my daughter had what the Dr’s called a traumatic birth. She had her cord double wrapped around her neck..and she was not crying when she was born. She failed the Apgar test 2 times no one told me what was going on (which I was thankful for) but I just knew something was not right….then I heard her beautiful crys and the tears just came in. We almost lost our little girl and I am so glad she is here with us today. When I look at my body I just look at my Daughter and think who cares what my body looks like I have a beautiful little girl to show for it…and I almost didn’t have her. I am thankful to God for giving me a healthy, beautiful baby girl :)!

Age: 21
Births/Pregnancies: 1
My child is: 2 months old

4 thoughts on “Getting Used to My New Body (Katie)

  • Monday, August 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I got stretch marks like that (maybe even more!)…and you know what? Now I love them. I rub them when I think of my baby boy who passed away. You look amazing! Only 2 months pp!!!! You look really great mama :)

  • Monday, August 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve come to believe that saying things like “this isn’t the body of a ___ year old” is just not true. What you’re actually saying is “this is not how the media and pop culture says my body should be”. I think you have a beautiful, healthy, NORMAL body! You look great! Congratulations! :)

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    We had a very similar experience, I also turned 21 while I was pregnant and I also gave birth in June. My son is also 2 months old. I started noticing stretch marks around week 34 and my son was born at 36 weeks. I just had to comment on how flabbergasted I was as I kept reading all these things about you that had such a resemblance to me. Hopefully, I can come to accept my body as you have. I am still having a really hard time looking at my body and accepting it, but I am working on it too whenever I have a spare moment. It is so great to have a supportive and loving husband as you have and that definitely helps. Congratulations on your baby!

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Wow u look great! Im happy for u and that u had a healthy baby. I too turned 21 while i was prefnant first and kept telling my fiance the same thing,” this isnt what a 21year old body is suppose to look like,”. With my 2nd baby,my daughters cord was wrapped around her neck twice and i felt that horrible fear when she came out silent and purple. I didnt care about the pain or any flaw i saw in my own body and would glady take on more as long as my baby was healthy and alive and thank God she was fine and still healthy baby girl at 11wks old. I can share a bit of what u say u feel. You are beautiful. Wish my post baby body looked more like urs;) but i am working on it and remembering the important thing,my healthy babies. Thanks for sharing

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