The Changing Shape of a Mother (Sarah)

These pictures chart some of my journey – the physical side of it at least. I was pregnant at 19 and this first picture is me looking very young! I had hyperemesis through my entire pregnancy and didn’t gain any weight until afterwards, but by that picture (36 weeks) I was only *feeling* sick. The second picture is what my stomach looked like for the next two years, not hugely saggy but very stretch-marked. I had never liked my body really and although I liked how I looked pregnant I was not really happy in myself and felt that I would never be beautiful. In that picture I was 18 weeks pregnant with our second child, concieved after two miscarriages and much hoped-for. This time I relished being pregnant and felt as happy with my body as I ever had. There are two shots of me bellydancing, which I did through my pregnancy. I felt great once my hyperemesis passed at twenty weeks. You can see my gorgeous first daughter dancing with me. The last couple of pictures are me with our second baby. I never felt particularly bad about my breasts, which went from a 32C on my wedding day to a 34DD with my firstborn to a 32GG with this baby! They are stretched and saggy but I don’t care. :) My stretchmarks are less of an issue to me than they were – my best friend calls them Tiger Stripes – and I am feeling happy with my body. I am bigger, curvier, saggier, marked and yet more beautiful than ever.

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8 thoughts on “The Changing Shape of a Mother (Sarah)

  • Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    It is so nice to see babies being fed as nature intended. You and your baby look so cozy and comfortable too. Congratulations on your lovely family. And good for you, for being happy with your mommy body.

  • Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Look how sweet & content your precious baby looks while nursing! how cute!

    You look great too! Love the belly dancing pic!

  • Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    What darling nursing shots! And the belly dancing looks so fun. (I took one class, but I’m afraid it did not take. LOL)

  • Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 9:44 am

    That is the most adorable picture of your little one nursing!

  • Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful!!! Just beautiful! I love and adore nursing photos! My daughter is almost 14 months and still I’m an all night milk bar and I’m loving it!!! Bless you and your family!

  • Monday, December 31, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    You are gorgeous and your pics are beautiful. thank you so much for sharing.

  • Friday, January 4, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Your kids look just like you! You are lovely and so are they! I love you in your bellydancing outfits!

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

    So beautiful. You are a lovely mommy with beautiful babies. Your nursing photos are so touching.

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