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Pregnant Belly With Scar (Jenny)

I went through a bad patch at about 34 weeks pregnant when I took this picture because I had always had a lovely, trim, pure white tummy. After having an ovarian cyst removed by laparotomy at 14 weeks pregnant, I was left with a neat scar, which is becoming more and more noticeable, bumpy and ragged the more my bump grows. Combined with the stretchmarks and putting on 4 stone, I started to feel really down about my body… Then I started sharing pics with other pregnant women and discovered that we all have varying degrees of anxiety about our pregnant bodies, whatever they look like, and are all coming to terms with the many physical and mental changes that herald motherhood, which is such a miraculous process of which the outer signs are just the tip of the iceberg. I am looking on the stretch marks as a badge of honour from my baby, and the scar as a demonstration of his tenacity in surviving the operation. I am due in the next few weeks, so am looking forward to his safe arrival and the new body that I will have after the bump is gone – stretch marks, flabby skin, scars… the lot!



in Belly, First Pregnancy, Pregnant, Submissions, Surgical Scar (Non-Cesarean)

7 comments… add one

  • Catherine S Monday, February 23, 2009, 2:09 pm

    What a strong little man you are carrying! Your bump is gorgeous and I think your scar looks really cool too.

  • Majken Monday, February 23, 2009, 4:35 pm

    I know what you’re talkin’ about. i had to have surgeries with my 1st and 2nd pregnancies. currently, i’m almost 28 months post-partum after my 3rd and final pregnancy. and i still have scars from my surgeries. it’ll shrink and fade with time. amazing to think how worth it these kiddos are, huh?

  • lisa Monday, February 23, 2009, 5:26 pm

    yeah for you! it always makes me so happy to see mommies that have such positive attitudes.

  • MilkMama Monday, February 23, 2009, 6:36 pm

    You are a strong and beautiful woman! You are so blessed to have this healthy pregnancy! Thank you for sharing your story! ♥

  • eringremlin Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 8:23 am

    What a perfect baby belly!! So sweet. I love scars myself, so yours just adds a whole other level of beautiful. It speaks volumns of your courage and your boy’s strength.

  • Svea Vikander Monday, January 25, 2010, 11:09 am

    Thanks for sharing about your scar. I love hearing people take their bodily ‘imperfections’ and create stories of strength and healing from them: http://www.onlinelifelines.blogspot.com .

  • brennil Thursday, July 8, 2010, 8:14 pm

    Congratulations on the baby and I’m encouraged to read your story.
    I was searching the web and couldn’t find anything but I’m looking for information about a pregnancy while having a scar like that. I had an operation and the doc said that I should not be pregnant for about 6 more months but I didn’t know that before and now it’s a possibility and I wanted to know whether this is dangerous or why did the doc tell me this??? Thanks in advance! Have a great time with your baby!

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