Hi, I was 20 when I found out I was pregnant, I had never really worried about my body although it was far from perfect. I stumbled across this website when I was searching after I noticed my 1st stretch mark at 34 weeks. I started to worry about what I would look like after I had my son and I have to say this website helped. I realised there was no “ideal” way to look after a pregnancy and everyone was different. I thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy from start to finish it was a wonderful experience and I will definatly be having many more! I got developed really bad eczema at 12 weeks pregnant that lasted until about 36 weeks, I was all over my face of all places and I was more self concious about that than anything else! I was induced at 12 days overdue on a wednesday morning, and unfortunatly was allergic to the gel they used… so I had severe pains and constant sickness by the next afternoon and really though I was in labour only to be told it was just a reaction and I was only 3cm dilated! I thought I would never cope with real labour after this and began to panic! My partner and mother were on side to help me, and my partner was allowed to stay in a private room with me that evening… at around 1 o’clock in the morning my waters broke… and what a shock that was!! I didn’t have my son until 2.08am on saturday morning by emergency cesarean. I was fully dilated and pushing… having had only gas and air as pain relief before they realised he was stuck and I would have to have an emcs. Not the best experience as I had really wanted to be the first person to hold him and feed his straight away but nevertheless it was a wonderfull experience and as soon as I held my son for the first time and breastfed him it all felt so natural! Unfortunatly for Matthew, he was bruised and had a cut on his nose from where he had been stuck in the birth canal and his head was blistered from where they used the suction cap for a few days, but he is now 7 and a half months old and so beautiful, I look at him everyday and remind myself how lucky I am to have him. As for my body that is always an after thought. I have a partner who supports me 100% and loves my womanly figuire, and I love my stretch marks, they are a reminder of the wonderful 9 months I spent carrying my son!