When I was pregnant with my son I was 19 years old and weighed about 120 pounds. I ended up loosing weight with him in the beginning and gaining it plus some. At the end of the pregnancy I weighed 190 pounds. I lost the weight within days of having him and was back down to my pre pregnancy weight.
With my daughter at 32 years old. I weighed 135 pounds before becoming pregnant with her. At the end of pregnancy I weighed 200 pounds.
This is what I looked like when I was just 4 weeks pregnant with her.
This is what I looked like at 20 weeks. Most of the stretch marks you see are from my son. However, as the pregnancy went on I got tons of new ones and scar tissue from my daugther
Here I am at 29 weeks +
5 days before due date. You can’t see the stetch marks under the painting but they are there. Deep red ones.
This is what my belly looks like now at almost one month PP.
For the first few weeks I could not feel any muscle in my belly area. It was all squishy and weird feeling. However, now 3 weeks out I can flex and move muscle in my belly area again. My belly button is still really far out.
2 days after having my daughter I was out on a walk with my husband and daughter. A woman saw me and asked how old my little girl was. I said two days… She then got a very strange look and said what’s with your belly? I replied.. My daugher is 2 days old. It hasn’t been that long. She then said Oh did you have a C-section or something!? My reply.. “Ahh no… I guess it’s just how my body is now”. She thought I was pregnant and my daughter was older! She’s not the only one who tells me I look like I’m still pregnant! I’ve heard these comments a few times in the last few weeks. These comment started to make me feel bad about my body. Like it was yucky and something was wrong with it.
However, After stopping by the site The Shape of a Mother I felt better about my body and did not feel alone. It’s nice to have a site like this out there to show what real women are like…and hopefully those who made comments to me will see it too someday!
I’ve come to realize in just a few short days that my body is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed of. This body created two beautiful healthy children and continues to nourish one of them. And that is beautiful!
Lisa (Mama to a beautiful boy and a newborn baby girl!)