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Update (Marissa)

Previous post here. Update January 2022: Since those early months postpartum, I have added another sweet kiddo to our family. My son is about to turn 3, and I am almost 1 year postpartum from my second. Not much has changed physically since my first – besides becoming more active. I am now 26! Here [...]

Categories: Belly, Postpartum, Second Pregnancy, Submissions

40 and finally accepting (Ruth)

Hi, I’m a 40 year old mother of three. My last pregnancy was my third and last Caesarean section 14 years ago. I had heavy babies, and at my heaviest (during pregnancy) I have weighed 210lbs. I now weigh 154lbs and wear a UK size 12. I have an overhang which I don’t think I’ll [...]

Categories: 5+ Years Postpartum, Belly, Cesarean, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Submissions, Third Pregnancy

Hello, friends! I’ve been pretty devastatingly disabled for the last two and a half years, as many of you know. It’s been particularly difficult to recover because of the particular hellscape that is medical and mental health care in the United States. I’ve only recently been able to access a doctor who recognizes my ADHD [...]

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A Timeline of Fashionable Bodies

This one began as a project in my Women’s Studies 102 class that I took as part of my WS minor a few years ago. We had to create a zine on a feminist topic and my group did body image (of course lol). I wound up creating this idea of a timeline showing how [...]

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Postpartum Poem (Molly)

My name is Molly Lynch. I am 27 years old, I have a 4 month old son, and I have post partum depression. It hit me like a wave and I couldn’t believe how many women struggle with this, and dont speak their truth. I have written a poem to my son Theodore about my [...]

Categories: Poetry, Postpartum, PPD – Postpartum Depression, Submissions

Part-Time Mermaid (Lauren Thomas)

Photographer: @loveonpaperphotography Self Portrait Lauren Thomas Mom/40/no editing/part-time mermaid, full time mom of 4 kids FB/Instagram: @loveonpaperphotography

Categories: Belly, Four or More Pregnancies, Mom over 30, Postpartum, Submissions

Postpartum (Iceece)

Age when I gave birth 21 This was my only pregnancy & I had to have a csection. My son is 11 months old now I went into labor on my own at 330am and was going in for a no epidural natural birth. Things quickly changed and I got the epidural only for the [...]

Categories: Belly, Breastfeeding, Breasts, Cesarean, Cesarean Scar and/or Incision, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions, Surgical Scar (Non-Cesarean)

My First Birth (Anonymous)

~Your Age: 25 now (23 when my son was born) ~Number of pregnancies and births: 1 ~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2 years This is long so please bare with me August 2016 I was told I had a higher chance of not being able to have kids because [...]

Categories: Cesarean, PCOS, Plus-Sized Mom, Submissions

Body After Six Babies (Anonymous)

These are 10 to 12 days pp after number 6. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes! After six babies:

Categories: Belly, Belly, Breast or Body Art, Four or More Pregnancies, Postpartum, Submissions

C-Section Mama, Married 6years to my BFF I was 23 when I got pregnant. Being a very short and active young adult, I’ve always been a wild one at heart. My favorite joy is dancing. I love to just turn the music on and have fun! That was me before pregnancy. Now I’m 24. I’ve [...]

Categories: Before Pregnancy, Belly, Body Image, Breasts, Cesarean, First Pregnancy, Positive Body Image/Words of Enouragement, Postpartum, Pregnant, Submissions