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Living For So Much (Natalia)

Age: 20
Pregnancies/births: 3 pregnancies/ 1 birth
Number of children: 1 son, Ronin, age 2

I found out I was pregnant when I was 17, which truly caught me by suprise. I know I wasn’t on birth control, but we used a condom every time. Could it be possible I was the 1% that the condom didn’t work for?? Lame right? Well to be honest, part of me was really excited to have a baby! I know I was young, but my heart and my mind said this was right. After making it through a kidney infection 10 weeks in, everything went smoothly and I was getting closer to my home water birth. During that time, I got stretch marks in ungodly places…places I thought to myself “you can really get them THERE??”. My breast size…went from a 32A to a 34DD. Crazy right? I actually got some tiger stripes on the back of my calves too! But the exstacy I felt when I was able to hold my son right after birth….washed away all those thoughts of my changing body. He diminished all my innercomplaints of the ever expanding butt and feet I thought of. He is 2 now, and I have to say, trying to bounce back was hard, and I’m not even fully where I dream of being. But quite frankly, I don’t give a darn. I say hurrah for mothers! Hurrah for tiger stripes! Together we stand, an army of life! The flabby skin, the not so tight areas…the dark nipples and sagging boobs…the dimpled buttcheeks and wider hips. This all just proclaims that we, yes we, have used what god gave us! I’m ready for more and more children. I know what lays ahead for my body, but that is the least of my concerns. I congradulate all mothers on this site. And I wish everyone the best of luck and love. Keep on skipping along mommies, and know that you have an army of us with you :-) Peace out

pic#1…..7 months preggo
pic#2…..3 weeks postpartum

Updated here.

in Belly, Breasts, First Pregnancy, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions, Teen Mom, Update
15 comments… add one
  • Shannon Monday, April 26, 2010, 9:39 am

    you look amazing!!!! what tiger stripes? i see nothing!

  • Kerry Monday, April 26, 2010, 11:44 am

    Great post! You look amazing!!! I cant even see your stretchmarks and you talked about loose/flabby skin? I’m sorry sweety but you do NOT have either! I love your attitude too! The belly shot is super cute too :)

  • mrs. petunia Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Oh you crazy girl! You look thinner and more toned than most girls your age who haven’t had a baby! Anyway, great post and amazing attitude! And good luck on your efforts to expand your family :)

  • sady Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:24 pm

    everything about you is super cute. keep up the awesome attitude, your body is also hot

  • Mary V Monday, April 26, 2010, 6:51 pm

    You look great! Go mama!

  • Anonymous Monday, April 26, 2010, 7:33 pm

    You are almost my breast twin except yours are fuller than mine. I never knew of any other woman (besides my mom) that increased so much in bra size, I don’t feel so alone now. I went from an A to a DD too and some mothers look at me like I am crazy when I tell them that. Here is my first post: https://theshapeofamother.com/blog/2-years-postpartum-and-still-cant-come-to-terms-anonymous/

    You look amazing, no tiger strips there hun! Great post!

  • Sarah Monday, April 26, 2010, 8:55 pm

    You look beautiful! :D Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with the above poster. I don’t see flabby skin or anything like that. There is a good thing about having a baby before twenty-five: super elastic skin.

  • Tessa Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 9:01 am

    I’d kill for a body like yours! You bounced back so quickly!

    As for being young and elastic skin.. Mine did NOT get that memo! Had my first baby at 19. I’ve submitted my story and photos but they haven’t been published yet to the site.

  • Jenna Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Your tummy looks great! Not saggy at all.

  • Helen Sunday, May 16, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Yay! Thanks for such a happy entry. You are absolutely right.

  • mimi Saturday, June 5, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Seriously..You are adorable. Your body really bounced right back as it should! I too am a proud owner of the tiger striping and dimples! Wear it proudly Mama!

  • Lucian0 Monday, July 19, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Wow you look so sweet… simply gorgeous! :)

  • tanya Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:03 pm

    wow you look so awesome!!! you inspire me. you weren’t shy the least bit haha- but thats exactly what my breast look like now (after baby). your artical was wonderful also. thank you so much for sharing.

  • Jesse Monday, November 22, 2010, 3:35 pm

    You look beautiful from head to toe. Be proud because you look great!

  • hele Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 10:12 am

    how did you get those stretchies so well faded?? wow!

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