Perspective (Anonymous)

There are days when I love my body! There are moments when I love my body. There are times when I have to remind myself I should be happy that I have two functioning arms, legs, and a relatively healthy body + mind. Alas I guess we can all have our good + bad days, our good + bad moments.

I have two daughters that I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for! I hope they will grow up to love themselves + be healthy. My oldest is 5 and my youngest is 15 months.

After my first pregnancy at 26 my body rebounded like a rubber band. I was left with some little stretch marks, but I lost all the weight, still had some volume in my breasts after I weaned my daughter and I even had a toned tummy. My skin was not really stretched out and I felt good about myself.

After my second pregnancy at 30 it was a different story. I didn’t know that pregnancy could change my body the way it did the second time around. I had a much harder time losing the weight, the tummy just didn’t spring back like it did with the first and I was left with excess skin through the mid-section. Luckily this doesn’t show unless I’m bent over. I can feel it + the tightness is just not there, but maybe it will get better with time (and maybe not—that’s ok too). I also lost a substantial amount of volume in my breasts the second time around, especially when I weaned my daughter a few months ago. Little sacrifices in comparison to the gift of mothering two amazing little girls.

I gained 34 pounds with my first pregnancy + 35 with my second so the amount of weight gained was not the difference. I weighed 169 going into labor with my first + 170 going into labor with my second. I’m 5’7″ and I weigh about 130 now, a few pounds lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight (I got pregnant weighing about 135 both times). My first daughter weighed a healthy 7lbs15oz and my second weighed in at 8lbs14oz.

Here are some pictures…One after my first pregnancy, one of me 8.5months pregnant with my second, one of my tummy standing flexed, one relaxed, a tummy shot laying down, and a couple tummy shots from under “downward dog” position to show the extra skin. The good the bad + the ugly…it’s all about perspective. I just thought I’d show that all of these are me.

~Number of pregnancies and births: 2
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 5 years + 15 months

4 thoughts on “Perspective (Anonymous)

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I’m so glad you posted! This is so true! :)

  • Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I think since we see our bodies go through such extreme changes in pregnancy we forget what we looked like before pregnancy, or think it was better than it was.. I say this cause I can’t really imagine you having a nicer body before kids, you look incredible! Your belly and breasts do not look even remotely saggy :) and kudos on the six pack, not too often you see mamas rocking them, takes dedication! (And I hate hearing how unattractive it is on women.. Muscular is a ‘shape’ too!)

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    um you look amazing!! inspiration!

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    You are seriously toned. I thought I looked good after having my daughter, but I don’t work out. I don’t know much about the extra skin, but I know it usually takes time to tighten back up. Have you tried firming lotion, it worked for me. You look great

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