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Stretched to the limit, but worth it (ChelandBaby)

22 years old
First pregnancy and baby
11 weeks postpartum
Unplanned Cesarean July 2, 2009

Pictures: 41 weeks pregnant, 11 weeks postpartum, Baby boy 11 weeks

My husband and I were married 2 years ago. After a year of marriage we decided that we were ready for a baby. I had gained some weight before my pregnancy, but I was not self conscience about it. I was 134 when we got married, but had gained a lot afterwards. I started my pregnancy of at 162. By the day I was induced I weighed 199!! That was more than I ever had imagined I’d weigh.

We had planned to have an all natural water birth. On my due date I had 15 hours of false labor. Five days after my due date I went in for my 41 week appointment. That’s when my midwife told me she was worried about how big the baby was and she wanted me to be induced the next morning.

At 6 am we went in for an induction. It took a while to get things going. I went into the the hospital at 3 cm and was stuck at 4 cm for 9 hours! By 9:00 pm I was still only 6 cm and the baby wouldn’t drop. They prepped me for a c-section and at 9:30 pm my big baby boy was born. He was 10 lb. 4 oz. and 22 1/2 inches long!

I am now 11 weeks postpartum and I feel so stretched. I am 168 pounds, which is only 6 pounds more than my starting weight. I just look so much bigger. My husband says I look great, but I’m really struggling with the way I look :(

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13 comments… add one
  • jane Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 11:19 am

    if we were pregnant at the same time we could have been belly twins!!!

  • Ashley Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 2:10 pm

    You look great for only 11 wks pp. Looks like you’re breastfeeding too, that really helped me lose the weight, I ended up weighing less 9 mo pp then I did before I got pregnant!

  • terri c Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 6:34 pm

    You look terrific, and what an adorable little guy!

  • Mary Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 10:44 am

    You look great! You stretch marks are so light, and from the looks of your pregnancy picture you were all belly ( 10lbs wow!), good for you, he is adorable!

  • EB72 Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 12:58 pm

    I too am only a few pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight but feel and think I look so much bigger. Everyone tells me I look great – I try to focus on that and remind myself what an amazing thing my body did. Your baby is cute as can be!

  • Shealene Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 3:17 pm

    Don’t be so down on yourself hun! You look great! Give it the full 9 months and you’ll look just as good as before you were pregnant…maybe even better! Just stay positive, cuz you’ve got a beautiful baby, a wonderful husband, and a family!

  • Jessica Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 8:11 pm

    I would KILL to have your stomach! Mines all creepy looking :/

    My little one was only 8 pounds 6 ounces, but 22 inches as well…

    She was so long she gave me twin skin
    but i didn’t recover nearly as well as you

  • Jackie Thursday, October 22, 2009, 11:44 am

    wow! i’m 12 weeks postpartum and i also delivered a 10lb 4oz baby boy. :) but, i somehow delivered him vaginally in 4 contractions. haha. i think you look great. :)

  • Elizabeth Friday, October 23, 2009, 12:11 am

    What a beautiful (handsome maybe) little child!

  • christina Monday, November 9, 2009, 12:07 am

    you truly look great… i am due any day now and i hope i look like that 11 wks pp.

  • roz Friday, November 20, 2009, 4:11 pm

    ur son is the cutiest!!!!!! and ur body looks jus like mine and b4 i cryed everyday about my stretchmarks but u are so right it is so worth it…it is so worth haven my bby grl tell me mommy i love u…u look great!!!

  • cecilia Friday, May 28, 2010, 8:48 pm

    it’s people like you (who had the pop-out belly buttons) that i search for on this website. i can’t stand the idea that my bellybutton will remain an outie, and i love finding people who’s bellybuttons stayed cute. so i am just glad you posted. :)

  • DMG Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:24 pm

    In response to Cecilia I just want to say that I see nothing ugly about an outie belly button, and to you I say that there is very special unique beauty in each and every mark on your belly.

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