My stretch marks didn’t appear until the last month and a half of my pregnancy. At first I thought I may have escaped the scars, but slowly but surely they appeared, and then spread. As the 2 sides creeped toward eachother, I had conflicting emotions. On one side, I was amazed and proud of the changes in my body; the other, I was a little sad and disturbed that it was scarred for life. My son is now almost 8 weeks old. I gained 55 lbs during the pregnancy, and have lost between 12-15. I had a healthy pregnancy and an uncomplicated home birth.I have alot to be thankful for, because what my body did was amazing. But I still find myself critisizing my body, because its nothing like it was a year ago. I encourage other women to feel good about themselves, but I’m too hard on myself. I’m trying to make healthy choices.