This was what I looked like just before conceiving Jackson. I had just completed the Country Music Half Marathon, was eating well, and wore a size 8.
Here I am at 40 weeks pregnant with Jackson. I remember thinking how huge I was and that my body couldn't possibly stretch anymore.
This was taken exactly 4 weeks post partum from Jackson. My belly button was a sinkhole and the stretch marks felt like valleys. My hips had expanded so much I couldn't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes. I wore size 12.
In 2012, I had two miscarriages and a D&C, gained another 15 lbs and a dress size, and went on medication for massive anxiety attacks...all before conceiving triplets.
Next is me at max capacity with over 18 lbs of babies! My uterus had expanded to 62 cm at over 36 weeks pregnant with triplets. My skin burned and itched from being so thinly stretched.
And finally, I took this photo at 10 weeks post partum. I've lost 60 of the 70 pounds I gained and can squeeze into pre-pregnancy pants but prefer elastic. I still have the linea nigra, deep stretch marks, squished belly button, and hanging skin. I don't expect it to change much and am at peace with it. I would never consider a tummy tuck because it would mean more surgery.
And there you have it. Blame it on genetics, poor diet, lack of using stretch mark cream, triplets, whatever. It is what it is and I wouldn't change a thing!