I was going to share my belly shots several weeks ago, but chickened out at the last minute. I’ve thought about it a lot since then, and I’ve decided I really want to do this. Before I found this site I really thought I was the only woman out there that had stretch marks like this. They cover my body from nipples to knees, with some as thick as my fingers. I never took any photos of my belly while I was pregnant because I was so ashamed of the way I looked. I gained nearly 80 lbs. with each of my two children. It seemed like my skin was literally being torn apart from the inside.
I’ve lost all the pregnancy weight (my youngest is 2 years old now), and then some, through breastfeeding, diet, and excersice, but I’ve only just started to feel comfortable with how I look. This site has helped me in that department in a huge way. My tummy was affectionately known as the prune-belly in our family, but I always thought my stretch marks looked more like the tracks a snail makes in the sand at the bottom of a lake. So to all you other tiger-bellies, and zebra-bellies, I add my snailtrack-belly. The marks of motherhood are echoed all around us.