What Does a Postpartum Mom Bod Really Look Like?

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Image via Megan Klay

The human body is something pretty incredible, but the human female body is even more mind blowing. We grow life, ladies — life with eyeballs that see, fingers with fingernails, and all of the other beautiful, amazing, tiny things that our babies arrive into the world with, fresh from our wombs. Wow.

I recently put together a blog post with images shared by our Facebook community of what their bodies looked like in all their 9-months' pregnant glory. The images show how very different women all wear pregnancy and still manage to look gorgeous.

I turned to our wonderful Facebook community once again because I wanted to share with the masses how very differently splendid mamas' bodies look after they have grown and given birth to their little loves. The results did not disappoint.

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Image via Facebook/Toni P.
“Three days post. I only gained 15 pounds, and she was 8 pounds, but I'm down 10 pounds and can't seem to lose any more. But it's only three months out, and what I have is more important.”
 
 
 
 
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Image via Facebook/Colleen H.

“Seven months after my twins. I'm at the point where some of my shirts hide it, but some make me look pregnant.”

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Image via Facebook/Jessica D.

“A week after my c-section delivery with a 7-pound, 14-ounce, 21.25 inch-long little boy!

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Image via Facebook/Ashley H.

“Two and a half months postpartum. Although my mom body is drastically different than my body before pregnancy, I'm learning to love it. I love my body for the beautiful baby it created. I love that my body was his home and is now his favorite place to nap. I love that my body continues to nourish him, even though we are no longer one. Because of that, I will learn to love my body in whatever shape or size it is.”

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Image via Facebook/Amber H.

“Here is four days postpartum. I originally lost 20 pounds in a week and thought I would be one of those ‘bounce back' moms. However, he's now 7 months old, and I've put back on 10 of those pounds! I will have to work hard at getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight (if I ever can), but I would never want to change my new body! I love my mom bod!”

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Image via Facebook/Austin M.

“I am not a mom whose stomach bounced back. This was when my son was maybe 3 months. I still look like this a year later.”

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Image via Facebook/Amber C.

“Four and a half months postpartum! Still have 15 pounds to lose, but lost 33 poundsof my pregnancy weight 11 days after delivery.

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Image via Facebook/Tiffanie C.

“Two weeks after giving birth to my miracle baby!”

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Image via Facebook/Sarah M.

“Four months, 1 week post delivery = a lot of loose skin, but I have lost all the weight plus 15-20 more and am still working on losing another 5-10 pounds!

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Image via Facebook/Ashley T.

“Four months after having this little man. I was actually back to my original weight within a month after having him, but he also came five weeks early, so I didn't get as big as I could have. I did gain 30 pounds, which was crazy for me because before Baby, I had never been over 105!”

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Image via Facebook/Amy F.

“This is me three weeks after my c-section delivery. I'm mostly hidden by my baby boy in his sling. He was 8.8 pounds. I lost 36 pounds in the first six weeks after he was born by doing nothing but just taking care of him!”

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Image via Facebook/Terre S.

“This is me four months after having my fourth baby.”

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Image via Facebook/Sarah A.

“This was taken five days after my son was born via c-section.”

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Image via Facebook/Letticia V.

“Eight days postpartum.”

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Image via Facebook/Becki Q.

“At eight weeks postpartum, I was 60 pounds down from pre-pregnancy weight.”

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Image via Facebook/Sara M.

“Seven days after our baby girl was born!”

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Image via Facebook/Tiffany B.

“Two weeks postpartum with my baby boy! He was 5 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 inches long. I am now four months postpartum and have 10 pounds left to lose.”

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Image via Facebook/Danielle B.

“My stomach is so gross after three kids.”

(For the record, the author does not agree with this sentiment!)

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Image via Facebook/Kristie F.

“Here I am with my (then 10-month-old) 11-month-old daughter Emily. At 11 months postpartum, I have lost a total of 12 pounds. I put on 65 pounds during my pregnancy. Over half of my pregnancy was spent on modified bed rest, with the last four weeks on strict left side-only bed rest (I had preeclampsia).

“My daughter was born by emergency c-section at 37 weeks and weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces. She spent four nights and four days in the NICU. She is the surviving twin. I wouldn't change anything and, yes, that's spit up on my shirt (this was taken at Christmas).”

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Do you find that you love and appreciate your postpartum mom bod for all that it did for you and your baby? You should.

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What Does a Postpartum Mom Bod Really Look Like?

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