Hello everyone, I am 26 years old with a 4 month old daughter and a 24 month old son. I became pregnant with my son at age 23. At that time I had a nice tight stomach and weighed 125 lbs. None of the women in my family (on either side!) had gotten any stretch marks with their pregnancies, so I wasn’t really worried about developing any myself. Everyone told me “you’re young, your body will bounce right back!” Ha-ha. I gained 65 lbs and developed stretch marks on my legs, hips, stomach, and breasts. I was very unhappy with my body after I gave birth to my son, especially with the stretch marks. I lost 55 of the 65 lbs, but I still looked much different than before I got pregnant. I gained 35 lbs with my last pregnancy and gave birth to a beautiful little girl. This time instead of focusing on getting skinny and looking perfect, I am focusing on being strong and healthy, exercise rather than weight-loss. Even though I would still consider myself to be far from perfect looking (hello ginormous areolas!!) I am proud that my body created two beautiful angels. I also think a lot about some of the stories I have read on this website from women who have lost their children or who have sick children. I know that there are many women out there who would gladly exchange a few stretch marks, some saggy skin, and a few extra pounds, for a healthy child. Remembering this fact helps me let go of what I don’t like about my body and just be thankful for what I have. And all of you beautiful ladies that have posted on this website give me so much strength – thank you all!!