I have to say that I have felt extremely liberated since viewing this page. It is SO nice to know that I am normal. I also never thought of my stretchmarks as a right of passage, but I have been very awakened by reading this page. I am 23 years old, and got all of my battle scars with my first child at the age of 18. With baby #2, nothing changed much. I am beginning to feel comfortable in my body, and want to thank everyone that has posted here. This is my about 10 minutes ago.