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I came across this website nearly a week ago and I must say, I am very proud of you that you not only focus on one body type after pregnancy. So many times I go to webpages and find that it is only focused at women who compleatly bounce back after pregnancy, or the complete opposite. Sites which feature only overweight women. I am glad you find it necessary to spotlight both. Now, I found out I was pregnant May 7th, 2005. I didn’t know weather to be excited or scared to death. See, I was married the day before. When I told my husband, he was excited. So I let myself get that way too. When I was ten weeks, I began to bleed, and went to the emergency room. I was told the baby was fine. I continued to bleed until 18 weeks along. Then, for no reason: it stopped. I had a very rough pregnancy to start with. Bleeding, severe morning sickness that resulted in losing a large amount of weight. I had to be hospitalized and pumped full of fluids via IV. I also had reoccuring kindney infections. I was put in the hospital at 28 weeks because of my kindneys, they were causing me to go into preterm labor. It was very scary for my husband and I. We didn’t want to loose or little girl. I went into labor on Dec.31, 2005. I was in labor nearly 21 hours when the doctors decided I wasn’t progressing, I was only 4cm dialated, so we proceeded with a csection. I remember hearing my little girl cry out. I was estatic! Mackenzie Grace-Louann was born weighing 8lbs 8.2oz and 20.25″ long. Not long after my delivery, I began having horrible pains in my upper abdomen, off again to emergency room. Come to find out, it is my gallbladder. On May 2nd of 2006, I had to have it removed. Now not only did i have stretch marks and wrinkely skin but a csection scar and now three more from this surgery. I was very small prepregnancy, weighing around 115lbs, I gained thirty pounds during my pregnancy. I have suffered my entire life with eating disorders, but kept it under control and got help during my pregnancy so this weight was very hard for me to handle. I am glad to say I have lost all of my baby weight and my little girl is nearly 7 months old. I did it right, not the old ways I use to do. I am still sad that I have my stretch marks and saggy skin, I wish that I could be like some of the women on here who are proud of them. I wish I had that self esteem. I am envious of those who can accept their bodies, as I cannot. Believe me, I am so greatful for my little girl and would do it all over again times ten. Thank you for this webpage. It is truly inspiring.

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  • Anonymous Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 9:16 pm

    You look fantastic in the bikini! I have not had any kids yet but would love to have a bod like yours.

  • HollyRhea Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 7:04 am

    You look like me! I have such a hard time looking down and seeing the changes, but looking at someone about the same size/shape as myself makes me see how beautiful I am. Thanks, Savannah – you look healthy but still motherly. I’m glad to say I do, too.

  • Anonymous Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 11:11 am

    Congrats on your daughter, what a beautiful name. You look great!!

  • Autumn Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 6:17 pm

    you look really fantastic, you really do!-autumn-

  • savannah Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 7:36 pm

    thank you for your comments. i am really trying hard to feel comfortable in this skin of mine. i have never looked at it as healthy and motherly :) Thank you for that. You guys made me feel really good.savannah

  • Andrew Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 7:37 pm

    Okay, so I would totally fail the physical to get admitted to this site, but links to our two sites are featured in a post over at Lisa’s place so I thought I’d wander over here. And now that I’m here, this seems like healthy stuff. One of my pet peeves is how society teaches young ladies (my daughter included, though we try to coach otherwise) to buy into the Hollywood image as the only shape that is worthy. This just makes so many beautiful and healthy young women feel bad about themselves for no good reason. So good for you!To Love, Honor and Dismay

  • Jessica Thursday, August 3, 2006, 7:46 am

    Savannah, only a small few of us actually have great self-esteem, the rest of us think “if I say it enough times and eventually I will love my body” I have gained 60lbs in two consecutive pregnancies, never having a chance to lose weight from the first. Also, after 3 (nine months pregnant with #3) babies, my body resembles nothing of it’s former glory. If I don’t accept and love what I see in the mirror everyday, I would not be able to have mirrors in my house, it would be devastating. So I act self-assured, eventually it became part of me. By the way, you look fantastic….

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