I love seeing all of the pictures of beautiful bellies (pre- and post-, all shapes and sizes) with stretch marks. I tried using the cocoa butter that so many women seem to swear by, and as you can see it didn’t help. I used to joke that our baby would be a little demon-child, because of the little horn-like marks that came up out of where I used to have a navel piercing, and then the ones at the bottom looked like flames, esp. at the peak of itchiness when they were very dark. Happily, our now two-year-old is no more demonic than any two-year-old. Anyway, I’m 4 weeks pregnant again, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens this time around. Amongst the mothers I know, I feel a bit alone in having such extensive stretch marks, so thank you to everyone for sharing yours!