The Beauty of Natural Childbirth to a First Time Mother (Anonymous)

Age: 22
Number of Births: 1
Age of my child: 8 months

The first time I found out I was pregnant I was scared but excited and looking forward to bringing a new addition into the household. Unfortunately, I miscarried in the first trimester. I was completely devastated and for months it was the only thing I focused on. My husband and I went on to get married a month after the miscarriage and after a few months I was able to get back to my normal self. That was when the magic happened! I found out the day after Halloween of 2009 that my husband and I were expecting again. I was nervous the first few months that I would lose this baby as well, but the pregnancy went perfectly. I gained a total of 26 pounds taking me from my original 127 to 153 when I gave birth. We both wanted me to give birth naturally because we personally feel that it was the best choice for me. We watched lots of videos like The Business of Being Born and read up on many articles on the internet. I became very comfortable with the idea of a natural birth. The rest of my pregnancy was a breeze. The only stretch marks I received were a few small ones on the sides of my breasts, I only had about 4 weeks of morning sickness in the beginning ( although it felt like an eternity ha ha). My husband walked with me every evening to get some fresh air and exercise, and I had no swelling of the hands or feet. Finally, the day came for my daughter to be born. I was 38 weeks and my water broke at roughly 2:40am in the morning. We packed up a few things and made it to the hospital by 3:00am. Once I got settled in the room I started having very strong contractions. I knew that labor was going to go quick. I wanted to give in a few times and opt out of the natural birth my husband and I had planned because the pain became unbearable, but my husband was wonderful and talked me through it. Also, when the nurse checked me it was too late. I was 8cm and very close to giving birth. A few painful contractions and some pushes and an episiotomy later I gave birth to a beautiful 6lb 12oz baby girl at 5:10am. I feel in love with her right away and apparently bawled my eyes out (so hubby says). I breastfed her right away and still do to this day, although I do supplement baby foods as well. I think the breastfeeding really helped to shrink my tummy back up. I took pics of my postpartum from about 1 week post to 6 months post. It’s amazing how your body changes! But with some healthy eating and a great workout plan like what I’m doing….you are sure to get your sexy back ;)

I now weigh 120 lbs…7 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight

Pictures as followed:
#1 Pre-pregnancy
#2 30 wks Pregnant
#3 38 wks Pregnant
#4 At the hospital with contractions
#5 My daughter at one day old
#6 1 wk Post Pregnancy
#7 2 wks Post Pregnancy
#8 3 wks Post Pregnancy
#9 6 months Post Pregnancy side view
#10 6 months Post Pregnancy front view
#11 My little girl at 7 months
#12 My little girl and I at 8 months

11 thoughts on “The Beauty of Natural Childbirth to a First Time Mother (Anonymous)

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

    You are so beautiful! What a beautiful story as well :)

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Congrats on the natural birth! That takes a very strong woman, i should know lol, because I couldn’t do it. But you are very beautiful and I love your tattoos.

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Also, what workout plan are you doing? Your stomach looks great!

  • Friday, April 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    You look amazing and have a great attitude. Your baby girl is precious!

  • Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    wow you are so so beautiful. And your daughter defenetly got your beauty! Lucky your husband. wish you all the best!

  • Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I am not trying to down play the beauty of childbirth, no matter the manner in which the child comes into the world, however, I do think it is a little scary to call a birth including an episiotomy a “natural childbirth”. Drug free sure, but episiotomy’s are surgical procedures.

  • Monday, April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    You look amazing! Congratulations on your natural birth and for breastfeeding your little girl – she’s gorgeous! :)

  • Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Shana – seriously?

    To the poster: congrats! You and your daughter are beautiful :) I hope I’m strong enough to go through a natural child birth as well!

  • Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Way to go with no drugs! I know I am a stranger, but I’m so proud of you!

    I did that as well. It was a lot easier than I imagined and it makes me sick that I couldn’t do it the first time around.

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

    You look wonderful! Your daughter is beautiful! Her 7 month photo is so adorable with her little bow in her hair! <3

    What the Mother considers to be Natural birth is up to her, we all should support her, no matter what…. Congratulations!

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this! You make me feel confident that I don’t have to sacrifice the shape of my body to have my baby in 9 months!

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