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New Mummy, New body to accept (Kelly)

~Age: 22
~Number of pregnancies and births: 1 pregnancy, 1 birth
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: Kara is 4 weeks old

My partner Matt and I are both young, I’m 22, he is 20. We had Kara 4 weeks ago, I had to have an emergency c-section as I was induced at 9 days overdue and after 12 hours of hard labour I hadn’t dilated at all.

I was happy with the c-section, although it took me about a week to walk unsupported I am happy with how everything went.
I have never been a totally stick skinny person, I’ve always been curvy and I’ve always had big boobs. Now they are just massive haha (and my breastfeeding nipples are so huge!!!).

I’m lucky to have an amazingly supportive partner who tells me every day that I’m still attractive and that he loves my tummy (pouch and all). I got more stretchmarks than I was expecting but I will grow to accept them.

I can’t help but feel down when I see other girls my age in bikinis and such but I have decided that once summer comes round again (December here in Australia) I’ll bear a bikini no matter how floppy I still am because it’ll feel empowering to show of those marks that I like to think of as “Mummy badges”.

I’ve lost so 8 kilos so far, 5 from the birth and 3 kilos since. I aim to get down to 60kgs which is 22 kilos away!!! I’m using Wii Fit for light exercise… I can’t wait til it stops telling me I’m obese!!!

I’ll include a small bunch of pics to show off all my changes

1st pic: pre pregnancy body (actually the night Matt and I found out we were expecting!)
2nd pic: 40 weeks pregnant
3rd pic: 2 hours post c-section
4th pic: 1 week post c-section
5th pic: 4 weeks post c-section, stretchmarks on butt, hip, thigh and stomach
6th pic: 4 weeks post c-section, stretchmarks on stomach and c-section scar
7th pic: 4 weeks post c-section, post partum body
8th pic: Kara Lee Eleanor – 4 weeks old

in Before Pregnancy, Belly, Breasts, Cesarean, Cesarean Scar and/or Incision, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions
18 comments… add one
  • mia Friday, June 11, 2010, 11:25 am

    i just about melted when i saw your baby! so beautiful, just like her mother:) thanks for sharing your shape with us!

  • Suzanne Friday, June 11, 2010, 12:15 pm

    your partner sounds like a wonderful man :)
    congratulations on your daughter she is really very beautiful!
    i think your body looks lovely, very curvy and womanly, good for you! I am a huge fan of the well endowed boobies! probably because mine are.. well.. less well endowed shall we say! I am also a huge fan of stretch marks, i think they are gorgeous, one of the best bits of my own body :D i just think they are all so unique and a lovely reminder of growing your baby inside you! Don’t go paying attention to wii fit telling you that you are obese! you look fantastic, just aim for what feels healthy to you..
    Good Luck with everything, you have a lovely positive attitude and inner beauty always shines out no matter what and luckily for you, you have a lovely body and amazing daughter to go with it :)

  • Cookies Saturday, June 12, 2010, 6:36 am

    cutest. baby. ever.

  • Sarah EP Saturday, June 12, 2010, 9:34 am

    You look beautiful and your daughter is precious! I miss having those early, engorged breasts. I’m still breastfeeding (my daughter is 2) and they aren’t big and full like that anymore. Isn’t it amazing how they nourish our babies so completely? It still blows me away that our bodies can do this. Good going mama!

  • Liz Lich Saturday, June 12, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Your husband is a keeper! You brought a beautiful little girl into the world. Congratulations! Don’t worry, the stretch marks will go away eventually and your tummy will go back to normal if you keep working at it. You should also try a balance ball, that thing had my stomach aching for two days straight! Totally recommend it.

    Take care and good luck! :D

  • Rachael Sunday, June 13, 2010, 7:58 am

    Your body looks beautiful… it always is so much prettier after having brought a child into this world. The women that parade around without stretchmarks have their own insecurities and it actually is a blessing that our insecurities make us look like we have traveled a path only a mother can. :)

  • Dan Sunday, June 13, 2010, 10:59 am

    you are beautiful to begin with, an as for the bakini, wear that thing, be proud, your a hot mom, and just know, you have no idea how many guys are checking you out when your not looking. guys love mumma junk, its attractive, really

  • Jessa Sunday, June 13, 2010, 4:09 pm

    You look like a goddess in your 7th picture. And your daughter is one of the prettiest babies I’ve ever seen. You both are very beautiful!

  • sam Sunday, June 13, 2010, 8:45 pm

    You are gorgeous!

  • monee Monday, June 14, 2010, 4:16 am

    your partner is right, you are beautiful and gorgeous. i love the photos especially the pregnancy pic bc you seem to be so happy.Such a strong and beautiful woman…wear that Bikini!!

  • Sarah P. Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 12:44 am

    Thank you so much for documenting how your body has changed with honesty and integrity. You are a beautiful woman and Kara Lee Eleanor is a lucky little girl to have you as her mommy!

  • den Thursday, June 17, 2010, 4:19 am

    It’s all so soon after the birth and it took me (and my body) so much time to go from 15kgs overweight post partum to 5kgs now – 2.5 years later. But I’ll never have a tummy tuck – even though there’s a 20cm diameter circle of skin around my belly button that looks like saggy elbow skin. It’s my tattoo – and you might see me on Bondi Beach this summer in my bikini at my pre-pregnancy weight – using my skin apron to collect shells for my two gorgeous kids.

  • Elisha Thursday, June 17, 2010, 10:23 pm

    You are the first woman I have seen with stretch marks as bad as mine! I always hated when people would say “oh I got them too” and then lift their shirt to reveal a couple tiny, little silver lines. I am at one year postpartum and they are better, but I still look like I have a flesh-eating disease.

  • Rickie Sunday, June 27, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Give it time hun and your body will become smaller again as your skin goes back to normal. It will never be the same, but it does get better. Your boobs will decrease in size as well, when you start to wean. You are only 9 or so weeks PP now (if I did my math right). It took my body about a year to normalize, and it is still not “right”. But you are so beautiful you should be sooo proud yourself! Good job mama!

  • Thag Jones Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:57 pm

    You look like one of those fertility goddess statues! :)

  • sarah Sunday, July 18, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Damn wii fit! i would throw it through the tv!!

  • Trista Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 7:23 pm

    it took me a whole year to get to where I want to be but now I have absolutely no breasts so I am jealous of you ;) and your little girl is the most beautiful thing you are so lucky to have her to show off!

  • Robert Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 3:30 am

    on the 2nd and 7th pic you look absolutely awesome
    i’d wish all women would look like that and not like those anorectic ladies in the media…

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