Post # 1
DH and I are talking about TTC next summer, and for some reason, it keeps creeping into my mind that that will be my last summer with a flat stomach and perky boobs. My friends who have kids say that no matter how hard they exercise, some things (pooch in stomach, pancakey boobs) just won’t change. I’ve honestly considered taking pictures of my body to show the plastic surgeon in 15 years and say “I want to look like this again”.
I know the reward is much greater than what you’re giving up, but did anyone else feel that way? Mom Bees, was it possible to get your body to look like it did pre-baby? I guess I’m just scared of the unknown….
Post # 3
I havent had a baby but I think it depends on the individual. I have friends who had babies and their bodies are pretty much the same as before, they wear bikinis have the same flat abs and perk boobs as ever.. and then I have other friends who are definitely not the same afterwards.
Post # 4
I got mine back after the first and i think loved it even more (minus the strech marks) But now I have to admit I miss being a size 0 and having tiny boobs…
Post # 5
my sister had a baby a bout a year and half ago and she not only got back to her pre baby weight but actually was A LOT thinner to the point i was wondering if she was eating. she has since gained some of it back but looks just as good if not better than she did pre baby. lets hope i have those genes too!
Post # 6
For me personally thre are times when I look at my old stack of jeans like…Shit I want to fit in those so bad!! (one size away now 🙂 ) But at the end of the day after work, making dinner and taking care ofa toddler I dont care. Its a different body than what I had but its still good and its still my body. My tummy may not be quite as flat , but I have bigger boobs lol. I used to be down about it, but I have since embraced it. It helps that FI thinks I look great and I realized that all the changes are because I am a mother, and that is awesome!! Dont be scared.
Post # 7
I guess I feel like my post-baby body isn’t less attractive or anything, just different. I did give up a flatter stomach and perkier boobs, but with all the running around I’ve been doing post-baby, my arms and legs have never looked better (and without nearly as much deliberate work!). For some reason, having a baby also made my hair color quite a bit darker, which I actually really love; I think the new color suits me better. I don’t feel like I lost anything, just that I made some trades post-baby.
Overall, I think it’s just like any other big change in your life: it takes some getting used to, but most people do adjust, and different doesn’t necessarily mean bad. At almost 1.5 years post-partum, I feel as good (if not better) about my body than I did pre-pregnancy. 🙂
Post # 8
You may be one of the lucky ones who doesn’t look any different post-baby.
My sister, age 33, mother of 2 kids:
(I really hope we share those genes!)
Post # 9
My body is really not any different nd my baby is only 10 weeks old. My stomach isnt as defined, but Im only 10 weeks out, I have to give myself a few weeks. But Im back to pre-preg size and shape already
Post # 10
Everything won’t go back to the way it was. Yes, you may lose the weight, but those breasts will not be what they were.LOL
I’ve lost all my baby weight and 3 extra pounds, but I have a c-section pouch and my boobs are NOT what they used to be. I don’t hate them, but they aren’t what they used to be. I wish I was smaller (I’m a 40D) so they wouldn’t be so noticeably different–to ME that is. Everything looks different sans bra….LMAO!
Post # 11
I look pretty much the same as before. I’m the same size-maybe not as firm, but I have nothing to complain about. I gained 30lbs while pregnant and am down to 101lbs. If you were in good shape before you should be fine. Here we are: I just need to do some arm weights and the occasional sit up and I’ll be good to go!
Post # 12
I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO miss my body…. sometimes…
DS’s first gift to me was terrible stretch marks that as much as I tried to avoid them there was just no way (in my genetics).. So I will NEVER get my stomach back since I just don’t have any elasticity in my skin anymore… even when I lost all the weight I still had atleast 5lbs of just skin there…. =(
It’s not anything that I can’t “cover” with dressing right, but I do at times miss my stomach… and of course the boobs that are a few inches below where they “belong” lol
I still wouldn’t change having my son for anything and DH thinks I’m the hottest thing that ever walked so it’s not biggie. 😉
Post # 13
Answer: Yes! Let me say that I love my children and I would do it all over again, breasfeeding and all. But even though I am actually thinner now than before I had my kids, everything has changed. My boobs are ruined-need a lift and a small implant to fix that problem.
I got pretty lucky with the stretch mark issue-there are a few but I can wear a bikini. Still, there is this tiny roll of skin that will not tighten back up. My friend had a tummy tuck and it’s the only thing that worked. My ribcage permanently expanded but at least my feet went back to my regular size (thank goodness:).
You will have battle-scars no matter what but that’s okay. It’s what a real woman who has had children looks like. That said, if money were no object, I would buy my boobs back. lol
Post # 14
my friend had her baby at 34 and I have to say that less than a year later, she was back to having a rock hard, flat stomach. however, she is natuarlly thin and loves to go running.
Post # 15
It totally depends on the person! I am thinner, and my stomach is even flatter than pre-baby. No stretch marks, although my boobs are a bit saggier than they were before – but nothing too dramatic – and I have a barely noticeable c-section scar. Also, I am not opposed to a mommy makeover once I am done having kids if things need to be put back in their place 🙂