My Body Now (Anonymous)

I was petrified of stretch marks during my pregnancy and when I started getting some I was horrified. But after the birth, nothing really mattered because I get to stare into my son’s face every day. I know I came through the pregnancy relatively unscathed so consider myself lucky. I also grew to love my stretch marks as a sign of motherhood. I plan to have more children and hope my body continues to bounce back. I have to admit I am quite vain and it is hard to see your body changing so dramatically. Plus, I really would be devastated if I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes… But in the end, seeing your child (and children) is worth it. I also lets you live through the realization that life has real meaning and superficial beauty does last and can’t fill you with real joy. I was very slim pre-pregnancy… 5’5″ and 105 lbs. I put on 38 lbs during pregnancy even though I ate healthily. I lost 20 lbs in the first week after birth. The first photo is of me 5 days after birth. The rest are of my now… at 10 weeks postpartum and nursing. I wonder what will happen to my breasts after I finish nursing. As you can see, they are not full even now. I don’t love how my body looks but I am proud of it. And someone already said… in the end, we will ALL be wrinkle and saggy… it’s just a matter of time. But at least mothers have something to show for it, and beauty and love in our lives. (On a side note, dads have it really easy! They should definitely appreciate us!)

2 thoughts on “My Body Now (Anonymous)

  • Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Great job! You look very good! I also have cute little stretchmarks like that under my belly. I love them so much! They remind me of my daughter! And they’re so beautiful!

  • Monday, April 7, 2008 at 1:09 am

    First, your body has recovered so well! You look fantastic.

    What I do notice, and I hope you don’t think this is TMI, but I have had flesh-colored nipples my whole life. They got very dark during and after the pregnancy. Did you have flesh-colored nipples originally or were they always dark?

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