New Shape, New Life… (Anonymous)

Age: 21
Number of pregnancies and births: 1 live birth
Age of Child/postpartum: 25 months

I had only been graduated from high school for 6 months when I became pregnant with my son at age 18. I was a dancer for 13 years and never was a “stick” per say. I started high school in a size 4 an graduated in a size 12. I had body image issues which led into bulimia and anorexia. I was relieved when my baby bump started growing because I finally had an excuse to be “fat”. I only gained 9 lbs with my pregnancy. I lost a lot in the begining and I ate healthy throughout. When my son was born there was a smaller number immediately on the scale. I have had stretch marks ever since I remember because of such dramatic fluctuations in my weight and I was not surprised to see those little red marks appearing as the months passed. So in addition to a child, I have a belly flap/pooch, stretch marks on my thighs, hips, sides, stomach, arms, boobs, sides of knees, and a weird looking belly button. Over all, I like my body. I currently have 27 lbs to lose and a lot of toning to work on. My goal is to be bikini ready by next summer. I like my stretch marks. I call them “mommy marks”. No, I don’t have a flawless stomach with perfect abs, but I have a stomach of a mother, a nurturer, and a real woman. I would like to have tummy tuck after I birth all of my children, but I would never want all of my stretch marks to be removed (which I believe would be impossible). They are kind of like a trophy for me and if someone else can’t accept them then they can just move on and not look :). I am attaching a few photos.

8 months pregnant
25 months postpartum front
25 months postpartum side
25 months postpartum clothed
me and my son

5 thoughts on “New Shape, New Life… (Anonymous)

  • Monday, October 12, 2009 at 11:43 am

    You look fantastic! When I read belly flap and 27lbs to lose I expected to see quite a different site then I did! You do NOT have a belly flap at all! And you have such a small waste and curvy hips! I’d love to have your figure! Your belly was adorable and so round and your son could be a little model!

  • Monday, October 12, 2009 at 11:46 am

    thanks for sharing your attitude, your experiences, and story. continue to grow strong and be proud of yourself and your wonderful accomplishments.

  • Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I think that you look amazing and I think you have a gorgeous figure I see no belly flap and your belly button doesn’t look weird you look fab

  • Friday, October 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    You look wonderful and you have an awesome attitude towards life. Your little boy is so adorable!!!

  • Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Your story sounds exactly like mine! i had my son at age 18, and I have about 25-27 pounds exactly to lose!!! your body looks exactly like mine postpartum. I haven’t seen anyone who looks like me after birth. My son is 22 months old, almost 23 months.

    I’m so happy to see you happy with your body, I’m still working on being “happy” with mine. My boyfriend loves me the way I am and calls me Juicy lol.

    Thanks for sharing! it made me feel good :)

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