I didn’t orignally plan on having children young, but when my husband and I found out that we were having a baby, we were thrilled. I will be 23 this month. Nothing could have prepared me for pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I loved (most) of my pregnancy. No morning sickness and no serious complications. I even thought I was going to escape stretch marks – but they showed up at 37 weeks along with a terrible PUPPPs rash. For those who don’t know about PUPPs, it is a terribly itchy rash that appears on your stretch marks and doesn’t go away until delivery. Nothing I did for itch relief worked for more than an hour at a time. I gave birth 5 days before my due date to a wonderful little boy. The birth went wonderfully and was all I could have hoped for. I did end up with a 2nd degree tear and a week post partum had popped some stitches. Even now, while they are completely healed, nothing looks quite right down there to me. My stretch marks are still visible (though lightened a bit) and my stomach is still a lot saggier than it used to be. Although I do at times miss my pre-baby body, I love my son so much and feel blessed to be a mother – marks and all. I am 5’2” and was 110lbs pre-baby. I gained 37 pounds during pregnancy. Now 2 months post partum I am 118lbs. The first pictures were taken by my husband at 29 weeks pregnant, before stretchmarks. I hated my PUPPPs covered stretch marked belly so much later in pregnancy that I don’t have any pictures (but now I wish I did). The clothed pregnant picture was around 37 weeks pregnant. The last pictures are from 8 week post partum.