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Postpartum Beauty (Anonymous)

From the time I was 13 years old, and experienced my first stretch mark on my suddenly grown breasts, I have been ashamed of my body. I was a chubby teenager who would hide my body under large sweatshirts and jeans even in the dead of summer so that no one could see my rolls and marks. My body was an obsession, I tried everything I could to change it. I was ridiculously insecure and eventually dieted down to a size 6 by my late teens. Needless to say when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter in Sept of 2007 I immediately began to worry how I would change, whether I would ever get my body “back”. My mother has never had a stretch mark in her life, not one during pregnancy and in her mid 50s somehow her breasts were perkier than mine were pre-pregnancy! It added fuel to my fire. All the insecurities of my teen years swelled up just as powerful as ever. I obsessed about the 50 pounds I gained, the stretch marks during the final weeks of pregnancy, my breasts becoming saggy and whether my husband would ever look at me the same way again. When my daughter was born in June of 2008, every pregnancy ache and pain became a distant memory. I realized I would have gained 90 pounds and had stretch marks on every inch of me if I had to in order to bring her into this world. My breasts are less perky, my stomach less tight, I have stretch marks that weren’t there before, and I still have 10 pounds to lose but I feel more beautiful today than before motherhood, happily my husband vehemently agrees. I grew her inside me and continue to nourish her with my body; it’s the greatest honor I have ever known. Well done all you gorgeous Mommys, you are truly incredible women. I am constantly moved by the pictures and submissions by the brave women on this site. Be confident in yourselves, you are more beautiful than you know.

in Breastfeeding, Breasts, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Reader’s Favorite, Submissions
24 comments… add one
  • Andrea Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 11:31 am

    You guys are adorable! And look so incredibly happy!

  • Michaela Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 11:42 am

    Well I have to say, you look great! you surly don’t look “cubby” to me! I also had my baby in june of 08 i had a lil’ boy, my post is “happy with her body” Your little girl is so sweet, and I love the pics in the tub!

  • Michaelene Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 11:49 am

    BRAVO! I think you look absolutely stunning. These pictures truly capture the beauty of motherhood – thank you for posting such amazing photos. And that baby girl looks like one of the happiest babies I have ever seen – good job, Mama.

  • Catherine S Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 12:21 pm

    You have the most beautful skin! I don’t see chub anywhere but on your little one. Who ever took you pictures did a wonderful job, just lovely.

  • Berni Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Your photos are just gorgeous, you are both beautiful :)

  • Claire Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 1:28 pm

    Don’t lose those 10 pounds, you are just beautiful, womanly, soft.

    I love naked mummy/baby pictures, and yours are some of the nicest I’ve seen

  • Jonathon Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Wow those are absolutely beautiful pictures. You have a beautiful baby and a beautiful body. Your husband is a lucky man. Congratulations!

  • Katy Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 4:49 pm

    love the photo. amazing!

  • chelsea Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 6:05 pm

    beautiful photos. you and your baby are stunning. yeah for nursing!

  • jay Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 6:07 pm

    Crikey, you like all the ladies on this site are gorgeous! And your photos are just wonderful, too!

  • Toni Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 9:38 pm

    these photos are great, i wish i had pictures like this of me and my little girl. you are both stunning!

  • taiyo Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 10:51 pm

    You remind me of me with my daughter nursing in the tub. It’s the best, isn’t it? You’re gorgeous.

  • intensity_too Thursday, February 26, 2009, 3:27 am

    Your photos are just so fabulous from a photography stand point.

  • mamaof four Thursday, February 26, 2009, 12:58 pm

    I LOVE this post – you look amazing and seem so confidant. You and your baby are stunning. Definitely one of my favourite posts thus far…

  • Brandy Thursday, February 26, 2009, 1:34 pm

    Beautiful photos. I stumbled onto this page and thought these were photos of Angelina Jolie. You could be her twin! I would love to get photos like this with my baby girl. You look amazing!

  • Meghann Friday, February 27, 2009, 5:16 am

    You are amazing! I always wanted to breastfeed long enough to get photos like these, but my son chose otherwise at 7 months!

  • Mike Saturday, February 28, 2009, 3:17 pm

    Your Beautiful you look like you could be a model.

  • Molly Monday, March 16, 2009, 9:04 pm

    What unique photos.

    And a lovely physique. I’ve never been pregnant… You look wonderful, and the baby is so cute. :)

  • W Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 1:54 am

    Thank you all so much for such kind words! I am glad the photos were so well liked, surprisingly enough they were taken by my husband on my iPhone =D.

    Honestly I can’t express how much I respect all the women who contribute to this site and all those who support it. I came across it late in April, two months before my daughter’s birth, and knew I had found something special. I want my girl to grow up knowing that the female body is aesthetic in every form, and that really is the message here. Thank you so much Bonnie!

    Keep it up gorgeous Mommys, every one of your stories have inspired me. <3

  • Cis Thursday, March 26, 2009, 4:44 am

    You are the most beautiful mother I have ever seen.These photos are amazing and as your favorite aunt, I know you are even more beautiful in person, both outside and inside. I am so proud of your journey to discover that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You are an inspiration to all women..thank you.

  • Amy Friday, March 27, 2009, 9:04 am

    Your photos are beautiful. You’re a gorgeous woman.

    I adore my 10 months old daughter more than anything but feel guilty that i still constantly worry about my flabby belly & saggy breasts. I hope one day that i can have a small fraction of the confidence you have.

  • tanya Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:33 pm

    wow you look amazing! beautiful baby too !

  • Jessica Saturday, June 5, 2010, 6:13 pm

    absolutely beautiful! These pictures are goregous and make me feel proud to be a mother of a beautiful little girl too! you look amazing!

  • brianna Monday, September 20, 2010, 5:39 am

    You are so pretty you look like angelina jolie!

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