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i stand in front of the mirror, naked.
i cringe at what i see.
my body is worn and torn,
the marks from carrying a child ever present.
my breasts, once perfectly shaped and beautiful
are now large and saggy, repulsive to look at.
my stomach, once flat and smooth,
is now covered with stretch marks, fat, no muscle tone.
i am ashamed.
i will never be beautiful again.

You can read more of Yvonne’s eloquent and powerful thoughts on her post-pregnancy body here and here.

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2 comments… add one
  • Lisa Saturday, July 15, 2006, 2:37 am

    I think you’re one of the most beautiful people in the world Yvonne. I know I’m not alone in that statement either.

  • CHRISTINA Thursday, June 19, 2008, 4:33 am

    I feel your pain. Sure pregnancy and bringing a child into the world is a beautiful thing but it’s so unfair that we are punished in return with a body we are too ashamed to even look at. I yet have to see past my changes and i don’t think i ever will see them as something beautiful. I envy the women who are proud of their bodies and have accepted it.

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