My name is Rachael and I am 27 years old. I became pregnant when I was 18 years old. I was a size 6 and still thought I wasn’t skinny enough. At that time, I knew only one other person my age who had been pregnant. My adoptive mother was never able to have children, so she also had no clue of what to expect. I had two “back-to-back” pregnancies, and gained 65 pounds with each one. All of the sudden, I was wearing a size 20! I had seen so many pictures in pregnancy magazines of round, stretch-mark-free bellies, and toned arms and legs. I also studied photographs in “new mommy” magazines of women getting back into prepregnancy shape, looking like they must have never been pregnant to begin with! And here I was, huge and saggy
and literally covered in stretch marks. I had expected to get them on my belly. Maybe even my breasts. But I had them all the way down my inner thigh and calf, my lower back, my crotch, and up and down my sides. I thought I was a total freak!

It wasn’t until my friends began having babies and we started to show each other our new “mommy bodies” that I realized how totally normal I was. I was so relieved to find out that I wasn’t the only one who was hiding under long t-shirts and constantly hiking up low-rider jeans.

A few years later, I became pregnant with my third child. I faithfully did my cardio workouts, practiced yoga, and was fanatical about my diet. I gained 60 pounds. I came to the conclusion that I was never going to be one of those women with the “basketball tummy”. I am the kind of woman who will blow up to astounding proportions, grow a belly outwards AND sideways, and birth wonderfully healthy 9 pound babies.

This was taken a few months before my first pregnancy. The stupid thing is, I thought I looked “so fat” in this picture:


This picture was taken a week before my third son was born:

And this is me today, 10 months postpartum:

6 thoughts on “Rachael

  • Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how critical we are of ourselves? I look at old pictures of myself and think ‘hey! I looked pretty good!’ yet at the time I felt bad about my appearance.Trust me, your post 3rd baby belly is something to be proud of :)

  • Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 11:48 pm

    Your belly is so pretty! It looks healthy and full of life. I have same exact stretch marks on my sides and on my calves too.

  • Friday, September 15, 2006 at 6:46 am

    I have to say that your preggo belly is gorgeous!

  • Friday, September 15, 2006 at 9:24 am

    Aw, thanks ladies! I’ve been advertising this blog for months, but finally found the courage to post. Your kind words are so encouraging. :) Rachael

  • Friday, September 15, 2006 at 10:21 am

    Your belly looks great, especially after housing three blessings!

  • Friday, September 15, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story. :)

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