Nice work, men! Thanks for the inspiring pics!!
Now, ladies - say what you will about babies doing "irreparable damage," but I know many, many women who have had 6, 8, 10, even 12 children, usually finishing up in their early to mid forties, and the majority of them are thin and have no sagging skin. Now, if they had an aspiration to be bikini models, that might need a little help from the plastic surgeon, but they're not walking around with belly pooches, floppy skin, and all that. In the everyday clothes I see them in (no, we're not talking muu-muus), they look great - and so can you, and so can I!
As for me, I have 5 and haven't reached my goals yet, so I'll be sure to share them when (the Lord willin') I do, but I tend to look at any changes I attribute to my children (which don't include my belly & fat, b/c bread did that) as the signs that I'm not a maiden, but a mother, and for me, that has changed who I am inside and out, permanently, for the better. FWIW, I fixed my diastasis 5 times simply with the exercises mentioned in the What To Expect... books (well, I just did it very casually and w/o any specific exercises the last two times). It'll be interesting to see what's left at the end of this journey, to be sure, but if I look half as good as the mothers of many that I know, I'll be thrilled!
5'4" 36yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
Starting: 185 lbs (March '10)
Current: 132.5 lbs
Goal: 135 lbs (Hit Jan '13)
Beating bingeing since 10/31/11 on my Leptin Reset journey
12 kids...ten years of being pregnant...damn.
I like your attitude, MamaGrok.
I'm not sure what you're trying to prove here except to make those that have shared their difficulties feel badly.
Fwiw, I do a ton of labor support and have been to several hundred births. I won't say what *most* of the women look like - including the ones that have had 5 or 10 kids because it is irrelevant. Not everyone looks the same and how they look when they post partum depends on the confluence of many factors.
I just cannot get over the tone of your post. If you'll read back, those that posted about not having pin-up perfect bodies after birth were doing so in response to a myriad of posts regarding loose tummies going away if just given 'enough time'. Some will *if the dermis is not damaged*. Some won't (if there is dermal damage). And again dermal damage or no depends on weight before pregnancy, age, diet, tissue integrity etc etc.
It *really* is as simple as that.
The quote is from may
This picture was taken in september and i'm actually even sharper now.
Last edited by Garcia; 11-09-2010 at 05:16 PM.