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Badge of Honor (Teresa)

I went my whole pregnancy without stretch marks, until the last two weeks. I had mixed emotions about them, and various emotions about the 53 pounds of weight I gained. I was hoping to make it through without gaining a solitary mark.

The first few days were horrifying after delivery. I looked heavier then I did during pregnancy, yet… I had so much stretchy excess skin. I ignored the mirror as best I could, and only truly looked in it once my ankles made their returning debut.

Now, that I am 3 weeks post delivery; I look at my body, realizing I still have half the weight to lose until my pre-pregnancy body. There’s still room for major improvement with my body image, but I am content at the moment. I respect my stretch marks, and look at them and am proud. Kind of like a badge of honor. I earned these from all the hard work my body and mind putt into creating the best thing a person could create. I earned them creating another human being, the miracle of life. I sport them proud with my head held high.

Im proud of my stretch marks, if people say they are road maps, then they are the maps to pure bliss.

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in Belly, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions

4 comments… add one

  • Christie Sunday, July 26, 2009, 3:08 pm

    You look AWESOME! I gained around 22kg/50pounds as well and let me tell you my roadmaps are major highways *lol*

  • Lauren Sunday, July 26, 2009, 7:22 pm

    You look great! 3 weeks pp??? You are going to have no problem getting back in shape if you ask me. I hope I’m as lucky as you. Be proud of being a mama! I’ll be there with you in a few weeks when I have my baby! Can’t wait to post my story.

  • 14 Weeks Pregnant Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:53 am

    You look great, I hardly notice the stretch marks at all. If you breastfeed your little one then that can help in getting rid of the extra baby pounds.

  • Stacie Hulm Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Am I the only person who didn’t weigh myself before, during or after pregnancy? lol

    I don’t understand why people do this. Be kind to yourself … throw out the scale and don’t worry about it. I learned a long time ago that scales are like unneeded chains or shackles.

    I would say you look fine for someone who just had a baby! Definitely! And you being proud of your stretchmarks helps me to be proud of mine! Maybe we should start a strecthmark appreciation club! Compare and contrast strecthmark patterns! lol. Right on… not a bad idea!

    Don’t worry about your weight – just get on with life and enjoying your baby. The weight will take care of itself.

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