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I was happy to discover this site showing what real mommy bodies look like. I am a first time mother to a beautiful daughter. During my pregnancy, I gained 30 pounds (my pre-pregnancy weight was 135 lbs.). I started with just a couple of strech marks around 25 weeks of pregnancy and by the end my belly was covered in “zebra stripes.” I had a normal vaginal delivery. I did no exercises or anything special to lose weight or tone my tummy up after the birth, and you can see the results below. I managed to lose all of my pregnancy weight within a fairly short time – probably through breastfeeding almost exclusively, which burns a lot of calories! But I am left with a soft and wrinkly tummy, still marked, though some of the “stripes” are fading. My belly button is all brown and dark inside thanks to strech marks that crossed it while it was nearly protruding during the pregnancy, and which sank into it when it receded back in. My body will never be the same again, but I am blessed with a healthy, beautiful, and bright baby girl, so I have no complaints. I never was really into wearing bikinis anyway :) Really, it is all well worth it!

37 weeks pregnant:

22 weeks postpartum:

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4 comments… add one
  • Kathleen Marie Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 6:13 pm

    And with time the marks will continue to fade and lotions work wonders. Walking a lot also helps. Just put the baby in the stroller and take a daily walk. Yes, babies are a SUPER blessing! God Bless!

  • Mama D Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 8:23 pm

    I think you have a great attitude. As far as I’m concerned you look great, especially considering that you haven’t really worked out since having the baby.

  • The Melban Family Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 10:41 am

    Your belly looks just like mine! I love your attitude and I think you look great. :)

  • Montreal Mama Thursday, July 27, 2006, 11:29 am

    I absolutely love your tummy! There are women out there who would have that tattooed to themselves! An to think… you got yours free!

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