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Greatful Acceptance (Amy)

At 15 i found out i was expecting my 1st daughter, i was scared and confused. i had confidence issues before my pregnancy but after the birth of my 1st daughter i hit rock bottom, to see my body changing in such a way scarred me, i put on 3 stone and my body was covered in strech marks. i thought my body would “bounce back” but i was wrong, i only lost a stone after having my daughter. when i was 17 i became pregnant with my 2nd daughter, and due to morning sickness lost a stone and a half, then put it back on. i got even more strech marks with my 2nd daughter but i lost the weight quicker after having her, partly i think due to breast feeding her which i didnt do with my 1st daughter as my midwife basicly said because i was young i wasnt capiable. im still the weight i was after having my 1st daughter, 11 & a half stone. i use to look at my body and think how disgusting it looked. i only have a few photos from each pregnancy, and with my 2nd daughter i took some of my exposed bump, but soon deleted them because i thought who would want to look at that compared to other peoples pregnancy pictures of non strech marked stomachs? when i found this site a few months ago i started to realise, this is normal, im not a freak who should be hidden away and never seen because ive had 2 beautiful children. i look at my body now and i dont feel the same as i did, its still hard, especially after looking at my body in a photograph, but knowing how many other woman are in the same situation as me is comforting, we should be celebrating how we look after having our amazing children, not hiding away! thank you for giving me this confidence!








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  • i-dra Saturday, January 19, 2008, 10:00 pm

    i can’t believe your midwife told you that you weren’t capable of breastfeeding! what a load of manure! i hope you realize that now. anyway, you’re a strong, loving, beautiful mama.

  • mardi Sunday, January 20, 2008, 4:10 am

    I was 18 when I had my first baby, the midwives encouraged me to breastfeed, but is was the infant health nurse that kept telling me I shouldn’t be breastfeeding her because of my age. I didn’t know any better so I kept going back to her to have my daughter checked, she kept telling me I was doing harm to my baby by breastfeeding ( mind you she was in the 70% for weight and height) at the end I went to the doctor who told me I would be wrong to wean her, and gave me the number for a breastfeeding support group. It made me feel so much better and I fed her till she was 3 and I was pregnant with baby No 3.

  • Sarah Sunday, January 20, 2008, 7:53 pm

    You are beautiful, curvy, and womanly! I love how you look! You’re much prettier now than before you had your children. Lovely!

  • nadia shelton Monday, January 21, 2008, 5:34 pm

    You are so pretty, and your stretch marks are hardly noticeable. be strong.

  • c Thursday, January 24, 2008, 11:52 pm

    I just turned 18 and i have a 10month old baby boy, i know how it is being a teen mom people always trying to tell u what to do.! its your baby it is your choice, by the way i breastfeed my son :). and your body looks wonderful for having two kids. be strong you a very beatiful person dont let a little stretchmarks get u down! i have lots and i learned that hating my self wont change it i now look at it as a blessing.:-D

  • amy Saturday, January 26, 2008, 1:40 am

    hi, i just wanted to thank everyone for the comments you left for my story and pictures (above) they have made me feel much better about myself, im slowly coming to terms with my body and this site is helping alot! x

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