Post # 17
My stomach was spongy for a while post-partum, but I was able to put on my same old jeans (with a little tighter fit) the first time I got dressed after the birth. I think that was 5 days out, when we took him in for his first pediatric appt.
After the swelling went down, all my old clothes fit like normal. I’ve never been a bikini girl, so that’s not an issue for me. I guess I could wear one if I wanted to, same as I could before, though I do have stretch marks and some wrinkly skin under my navel that I’d be showing off.
Post # 18
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@Bebealways: Good point. I wear a bikini with no shame whenever I want. I’m comfortable with my body even when I’m heavier than I want to be.
Post # 19
@HopefulForLittleOne: I’m 20 weeks pregnant and I started out a size 0. I can still wear a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes, including my flowier tops and elastic waist skirts, jersey dresses and skinny jeans (which are low-rise and have a lot of stretch).
What I can’t wear, and I’m guessing I probably will never be able to wear again, is anything that is fitted around the hips/waist or chest area. These include some adorable dresses that I bought for weddings last summer that I only wore once 🙁
It’s not just your belly that expands during pregnancy, it’s your thighs, hips, and rib cage. I’m anticipating not being able to fit into any pre-pregnancy clothes that don’t have any “give” in these areas. I just don’t think my hips and ribs are ever going to go back to that size 0 again… 🙁
Post # 20
My baby is 7 1/2 now, so im hoping any day now! Lol!
Post # 21
Right away. But I am very petite and was still wearing size 3 jeans at 6 months pregnant. Our daughter is 14 months now and I have yet to wear a bikini. Even though I’m thin now (even smaller than I was pre-pregnancy) being pregnant and having a c-section has left me a lot of work to be done on my stomach. I have a bit of loose skin and some stretch marks, but honestly the stretch marks that were my biggest enemy during pregnancy really don’t bother me anymore. I honestly think if I belly button hadn’t gotten deformed (by keeping my belly ring in too long) I would wear a bikini lol. I’m on the hunt for my first post-baby swimsuit and I’m planning on getting a sexy one piece with cut outs. I’m in my early 20’s so I don’t want to look like I’m 50 and cover everything up lol.
Post # 23
IDK, I’m 38 weeks with my first so I haven’t found out yet. I doubt I will be wearing a bikini unless it is a high waisted one until my stretch marks fade. I have a ton around my hips and below the belly-button. And they didn’t appear until 34ish weeks or so. I’ve gained about 40lbs. I wasn’t in bad shape to begin with, but I wasn’t in my best shape, if that makes sense.
Post # 24
I’m 8 weeks post partum and almost back to my pre pregnancy weight. However, my body is totally diffferent. My hips are wider as is my ribcage. My whole body is just different. As for the bikini, I don’t think I’ll be wearing one any time soon as my belly is covered in stretch marks below my belly button. I’m trying to embrace them, but I’m just not there yet! I do think that my son is worth every single one of them, but I still mentally haven’t come to terms with them yet.
Post # 25
I’m 10 weeks postpartum. I lost 26 pounds the first week or so and am now within a few pounds of my prepreg weight but as Candy_Nee said, my body is different. I fit in some of my old clothes but not most of my pants as my hips are wider and I can’t get them up. I am not unhappy with my weight or the way I look (except my boobs which are gigantic but that will go away eventually!) I just look different. I am super lucky to not have stretch marks or loose skin on tummy so I think I could wear a bikini but not sure I will this summer…
Post # 26
I gained 30 lbs when I was pregnant, and was back in some things right away, in more now that I’m 13 months PP. A few things will just never fit again because my hips will never be as narrow as they used to be, and my boobs actually stayed much larger after breast feeding, so old dresses won’t zip across my chest, but I’m actually at peace with it. My body did an amazing thing, I have a precious daughter, and I still look pretty damn good!