Post # 1
I am a little under 3 weeks out from having my baby. One thing I had to really prepare myself for before I got pregnant were the changes that would happen to my body. I’ve always been naturally thin, but I also eat healthy and do yoga and run several times a week. It was difficult to wrap my head around having a growing belly, gaining weight, and having to slow down.
Well, I’m very happy to report that at 20 days out, my body is mostly back to normal, with the exception of a small tummy pooch, much larger breasts and a still tender/slightly swollen vagina area. I 90% credit breastfeeding for everything returning to their upright position so quickly, but I’ve also been walking daily with my LO and try to eat healthy and drink plenty of water.
I only gained 21 lbs during my pregnancy, almost all in my belly. I was able to stay pretty active until around 36 weeks. I had my baby at 39w5d and he weighed 6 lbs 3 oz.
The first picture was taken the day before I gave birth. The second was taken today.
I guess I’m hoping this post eases some of the fears that other bees might have about changes to their body like I had.
Post # 3
@ExcitedScaredBee: Wow, thanks for posting, I’m not pregnant yet but this is comforting to see. There’s a picture of Catherine Middleton in our papers today showing that she has no ‘mummy belly’ – she looks great as always.
Post # 4
This is nice to know, one of my main fears about having kids is the typical post partum body. But nice to know you stayed active throughout (as I absolutely plan on doing so when my time comes!), you look great!
Post # 5
Wow, you look awesome! I’m not quite so active, but trying to keep up with some actvity so that I can hopefully bounce back pretty quickly. I was never in amazing shape, but definitely don’t want to let myself totally go.
Post # 6
I think the thing that will be hardest for me is dealing with the stretch marks. They take forever to fade, and even once they do, they’re still visible 🙁 I’m hoping that breastfeeding will go well and that it will help me get back to pre-baby size.
Post # 7
@ExcitedScaredBee: Thanks so much for posting! I’m 7weeks and I’d be lying if I said post partum body scares me a little, but you look great!! I think it’s time for me to take a walk lol
Post # 8
Thank you for posting this; I had a little pitty-party earlier today as I was looking at bikini-photos of myself. I couldn’t help but think ‘I’ll never look like that again!’ This really makes me feel better!!!
Post # 9
@MrsRugbee: I felt the same way. Even before I got pregnant, I was looking at spring break pictures from college and kissing my flat stomach and perky boobs goodbye. But I’m happy to say, if things stay the way they are, I’ll be rocking the bikini next summer for sure!
@MrsRichard: Thanks! A lot of it was also watching my diet. I never got into the “I’m pregnant and can eat anything I want” phase. I treated myself once and a while to a taste of something bad, but for the most part, I kept eating just like I usually do. I think that helped a lot!
@Cory_loves_this_girl: I’m fortunate that I didn’t get any stretch marks. I do have some from puberty, so I was expecting them. I used Palmers every morning and evening, but I can’t say for sure it did the trick. It did help with keeping everything moisturized and not feeling as stretched. I also drank a ton of water.
@OrchidsandCandles: Thanks so much! You can do it! I also think that staying active helped with my quick and pretty painless delivery. Especially the yoga for core strength!
@CatyLady: I saw those pictures too and at first thought “no way, she must be working out 24/7 with personal trainers and starving herself”, but then I looked in the mirror and saw what a miracle breastfeeding has been to my body, and now I believe it’s 100% doable without going crazy.
Post # 10
@ExcitedScaredBee: I had stretch marks from puberty as well, but nothing like this! I also used Palmers and drank a lot of water. From what I understand, it’s all genetic, and if you’re going to get them there’s nothing you can do to stop them.
Post # 11
@ExcitedScaredBee: I love you so much for sharing all this info. I also have stretchmarks from puberty & just resigned myself to get covered. I use mama mio tummy rub oil 2X a day. Hopefully moisturising works out for me too!!
Post # 12
@ExcitedScaredBee: First off, congrats on the baby. Second, you look fantastic.
This is a great post to share. I know many women who have used something called bio-oil during pregnancy to reduce/eliminate stretch marks, but I understand that in many cases there is nothing you can do about stretch marks.
Post # 13
Wow! You look great!
I also only gained about 21lbs duing my pregnancy. I quickly lost it and actually weigh less than what I did pre-pregnancy. I think it’s the breast feeding. But, my belly for quite some time was a little “poochy”. It was actually just swelling though. So just remember, sometimes even if you do look like you’ve got a little bit of a belly but the scale is telling you otherwise it might be swelling. I read somewhere that it takes a year for your ut,erus to go back to the same size! Anyway just thought I would add that little tid bit about swelling because I wasn’t really expecting it and at first thought I was carrying a few extra pounds around my midsection.
Post # 14
I miss my old body so much but am happy to also report that I have already lost over 22 lbs and baby is 2 months old today. He eats a lot and I am exclusively breastfeeding so that helps. I am having some colon issues though so doctor put me on a special diet… this diet will help me lose the weight quickly too I guess since I can’t eat many of the fun things I love to eat: no diary, nothing fried, nothing with fat, no chocolate, no cookies, etc.
I still have a long way to go (about 20 or so more pounds) but I am hopeful by Christmas I will be back to my pre-pregnancy weight or almost back which is encouraging. And I gained a LOT of weight…LOL.
Post # 15
@ExcitedScaredBee: Wow you looks AMAZING! Well done, I say!
Post # 16
@ExcitedScaredBee: You look great! Thanks for sharing. I’m not even TTC yet, but this post is reassuring.
Congrats on the baby too of course!