Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pregnancy and your body

Growing up I had a not so great self image.  My face broke out when I was young, and didn't clear up until I was in my 20's.  I hit puberty somewhat early (earlier than any of my friends anyways) and with that came body changes that can be difficult to accept at first - especially when it seems that no one else is going through them with you.

Fast forward to pregnancy and things started changing - again.  Hormones caused my face to break out again and things started shifting. I was a little nervous about how I would react emotionally to these changes, but I embraced them.  As your body starts to shift and grow to accommodate the growing baby - it can make some women self conscious, especially before it is obvious it is due to pregnancy.

I was fairly lucky, my body went pretty much back to normal immediately after my boys were born. Some women do not have the same experience, and can be quite self conscious about the belly fat that seems stubborn and doesn't shrink.

I look at my stretch marks and think about how it felt to feel my children moving inside me; knowing that my body looks the way it does because of carrying my 2 boys and birthing them, makes me smile.  I have come to accept the changes being a mom has made to me.

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  1. Yes that is a great way to look at it, but now that I am done having babies I really really would love to kick this Belly fat, LOL

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  2. I'm not there yet. I hate my stretch marks - I was seeing a plastic surgeon and he told me that even his wife has them because she has had 7 babies and it is something to accept. He said all the lasers in the world don't always help and those creams/oils are all nonsense. I walked out of there sad but at the same time I felt a little better.

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    1. I never tried any of the creams. I didn't use anything during pregnancy to try and prevent them either, as I had heard the same thing

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  3. Good for you! I think that can be a hard thing for a lot of women, especially since the changes can be unexpected. I didn't have stretch marks or major body changes, but I was lucky that way; I think for women that have always been built a certain way, it can be a shock. It's worth every change to have an angel in our lives though!

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    1. I had no stretch marks with my first, but after my 2nd they are rampant

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  4. Good for you! I have a lot of 'belly' fat that I need to get rid of! My first two pregnancies were good, I felt I bounced back! my 3rd! not so much! I didn't help that I had a c section so now I have a permanent scar. I'm very self conscious of it. My hubby says it sexy because it reminds him of the beautiful daughter I have him. its just sometimes its hard

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    1. sounds like you have an awesome hubby!

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  5. I've come to accept it more as I've grown older, though, I still wanna get back in shape. I'll do it on my own time. :) Hehe.

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  6. Hormones are certainly powerful things! Since going off the pill 7-8 years ago I've struggled with acne on my back, but then upon getting pregnant both times the acne initially got worse but then cleared totally up, all the way until I stopped nursing. (I joke that I should just stay pregnant/nursing so I can keep my back clear!) I also find I'm more emotionally level when pregnant or nursing. Interesting how hormones affect all of us in different ways!

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