Hello. First I would like to thank you sooo much for making this wondeful site. It has helped me to see that there are others out there besides me that have stretch marks and changes all over their bodies due to pregnancy.
I found out I was pregnant at a young age of only 14 years old. It was a very hard and rough pregnancy to say the least. I gained over 75 Ibs. My body was swollen from head to toe. I had very bad edema. I also had Toximia. My blood preasure got as high as 225/125. After giving birth I was placed on many medications to bring my blood preasure down and one landed me in ICU with a heart rate of only 17 beats per minute. So needless to say at this point in time my body image was the least of my worries. But soon everything started to fall back to normal. I lost down to 140 Ibs. which is very small for me. At age 19 I got pregnant yet again. This time I went into pre-term labor at 28 weeks and was placed on Turbuline (spelling?) and had to go to the hospital every tuesday and thursday to recieve IV fluids. I stayed on bedrest and meds. and got the IV fluids untill I finally gave birth at 41 weeks 5 days. In labor the babies heart rate dropped to 30 beats per minute. It was a very hard and stressful labor/delivery. I got most all of my stretch marks from my first pregnancy. I only gained 22 Ibs. with my second.
I look down at my BADLY scarred stomach and I see a brave teenage girl who carryed 2 beautiful healthy baby boys. I have been asked my many kids that see my belly “What are those ugly scarrs on your belly?” I simply tell them that they are my badges of honor. Scarrs that I have recieved creating life and suffering through heart ache and pain to recieve in the end the most amazing gift that God could ever give. Life.
Some of my stretch marks are VERY wide and long. Very red and thin. I am not embarrassed by them what-so-ever. They help me to remember what a strong person I am. How I have carryed a life within and ended up with my 2 sweet precious boys that I love so much. I would go through both pregnancies all over again and recieve these stretch marks and even more for my 2 babies.
Thank you again for this wonderful site.
These pictures are of me 3 years after giving birth. I am currently over-weight and trying to get the weight off.