In college I was an egg donor and was told the “average woman gained 5 lbs. in the process”. I gained over 100 lbs. from the hormones of five donations which took years to lose; clearly I’m above average! Not really the over achievement I was looking for at the time but I resolved it was for a good cause. Flash forward to when I decided to make a person, I knew that it would take a serious toll on my body but hey, maybe I’d get bigger boobs out of it. Despite my best efforts, I gained over 80 lbs., was undiagnosed preeclamptic for quite some time, and my daughter’s placenta had calcified. She was born by emergency C-section three weeks early and weighed only 4 lbs. 5.8 oz.… a far stretch from the 80 I gained. My daughter didn’t have a 75 lb. twin hiding in there; trust me, I asked them to double check… there weren’t any other babies and the boobs never got bigger.
I still have 20 more lbs. to lose before I’m back to my pre-baby weight but I’ll never look like I did before I had her and before my egg donations and I’m perfectly happy with that. As long as my husband and I are ok with how I look without my clothes on, I’m not going to let anyone’s negativity or questions if I’m pregnant again bother me. I want to put forth a positive body image for my daughter and my momma friends who think they need to conform to society’s idea of what we should look like. I’m proud of my post baby body, my C-section scar, stretch marks, and visible veins. Just as I view my tattoos as art, I consider all the other marks to be just as beautiful; art of being a Mommy!