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‘I’ve given birth. The world is gonna get whatever’s in THIS swimsuit. I have a swimsuit and a body. So YES, I already have a swimsuit body!’ Mom has ‘99 problems and a summer body ain’t one’

“Is there any part of the year that puts more pressure on us women to be ‘snatched’ than summer? After giving birth, swimsuits fit weird and my belly is CLEARLY visible. My rapidly changing size made me doubt what was appropriate for a ‘bigger woman’ at the pool.”

‘Why are you wearing a T-shirt?,’ I asked when I picked her up. ‘I had to put something on because I need privacy.’ She started bawling.’: Mom urges daughter’s appearance is ‘not nearly as important as her education’

“‘Yeah, it will be nice out, you can wear a dress.’ It didn’t occur to me an adult would look at my 5-year-old child and think wearing a dress was inappropriate. She was told she needed to leave class and go to the nurse’s office. The nurse told her, ‘She needed to cover her body.'”

‘I decided it was time to do it alone. ‘You’ll have no problem getting pregnant.’ Then, one day, I was bleeding.’: Single mom by choice battles fertility issues to conceive, ‘I’m SO in love with her’

“They told me to wait 7 days before taking a pregnancy test, but I couldn’t wait and took one every day. On the 5th day, I saw the faintest line. I started freaking out, asking my parents and sister to look at the test to see if I was dreaming. I wasn’t.”

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