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Stretch Marks for Life! (Anonymous)

August 8, 2012

I was 18 when I found out I was pregnant. It was definitely the scariest but also the happiest moment of my life.

I had an easy pregnancy for the most part. Aside from a little sciatica and heart burn, I was loving life. I couldn’t wait to be a mom, and I found myself maturing very quickly over those first few months.

Then I developed PUPPS rash around 36 weeks. It was awful. I couldn’t sleep at night; a rash covered my entire body. My doctors told me I could be induced early to relieve the rash. No way! I wanted my boy to stay put as long as he felt necessary, so that’s what I did

A week after my due date, my son was born. The little boy the doctors said would be “average”, seven and a half pounds at the very most, came into the world at a whopping nine pounds, seven ounces, and 23 3/4 inches long.

He decided to come mere minutes before they were going to be forced to perform a C-Section. I pushed for 3 1/2 hours, and when he finally arrived, he had the biggest cone-head I had ever seen! Needless to say, I fell immediately in love.

Within a few months, I’d lost the baby weight and was back to my usual size: 5’1″ and 105 pounds. It’s hard to see my belly button these days because the extra skin never went away. My breasts are saggy and they have multiple stretch marks as well. Thank God for pushup bras! :P I may not be up to wearing a bikini or a two-piece bathing suit anytime soon, but that’s okay, because when I look at these stretch marks and flabby skin, they remind me of a time of strength and love.

He’s now five years old and in the 99th percentile for weight and height and extremely smart. I love answering questions when people ask how on earth I ended up with such a big child. Some people get tattoos to signify a special time in their life; I have these stretch marks, and they are nothing to be ashamed of!

These stretch marks represent this strong, healthy boy, the most important boy I’ll ever have in my life.

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16 Responses to “Stretch Marks for Life! (Anonymous)”

  1. Erin Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Your stomach looks great! What a beautfiful attitude as well! I am inspiring to me more positive about my own body and what it did for me and my baby.
    P.s. Your boobs look great and not saggy at all! I am jealous :)

  2. Emily Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    You photos are stunning! Your beautiful!

  3. Gem Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Wow!!! You look beautiful!!! You have a cracking figure!! You’re right – stretch marks are NOTHING to be ashamed of, you’re proof of that, you gorgeous lady :)

  4. Miffy Says:
    August 8th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    You are beautiful innsiden and out. Thank you for sharing your story and the pictures! You look like me, just a bit skinnier. Now I fele more beautiful too :) Btw. your boobs does not sag!

  5. amber H Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    you brought tears to my eyes!! I am 25 a mother of a 5 year old. I have posted under blessed and tortured…. But i am tortured no more. and trying for a second baby!

    We are tummy twins for sure. Bless you. Bless your family. :)

  6. Kerry Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    You have a beautiful body, and you sound so positive :) I love it!

  7. Louellen Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    My couzin has a tiny frame + stretchmarks from 3 beautiful little girls. She wears a 2 peice and flaunts it! How can anyone see her gorgeous children and critisize her tummy? She looks fabulous :D So flaunt your strips! you’ve earned them!

  8. Kim Says:
    August 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    You sound so much like me! I am also a relatively small person who grows giant babies (although they’re getting smaller the more I have :-)) One of my previous posts is called ‘My New Tattoos’.

    You look fantastic!

  9. Sarah P. Says:
    August 12th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Look at you! Powerful, beautiful, strong woman!
    And I think we could be twins. ;) My son was 9 lbs 11 oz. I’m regularly 115 pounds, 5 feet 2 inches (what I am today, breastfeeding, 9 months postpartum). Big boy!!! But a lot of fun!!! Congratulations to you! Looking great!

  10. Robert B Wier Says:
    August 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    legit

    very cool, thanks for sharing

  11. Elle Says:
    August 24th, 2012 at 3:32 am

    You’re body and attitude are beautiful, you wear your stretch marks well :D

    I wish I could view mine in the same way as you view yours.

  12. Tammy J. Says:
    August 26th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I “Stumbled” upon this and it left tears in my eyes. I was a mother at 15. So the baby “developed” my body. I just thought it was me. LOL. I am now 43 and I am so proud of my body now. At 7lbs 9 oz and 22 inches long, I had one of the largest baby girls (at that time). Thanks for sharing.

  13. Katie Says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I just wanted to say to all of you mothers out there that you are amazing. Look at your body – it’s amazing! Plus you do not have saggy breasts! – I have breasts like yours without having had a baby. I would like to have a child in the future but am petrified! Well done!

  14. Michael Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Your shape is still beautiful, and the marks, while visible, are not unattractive or very prominent, really. From a small distance they almost blend. You have bounced back rather well. You could proudly wear a bikini without any shame at all.

  15. Lady Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I think your breasts are lovely! It’s encouraging to hear a woman in society be proud of something up and beyond the trite and oh so limited opinions that tabloid’s claim as beauty. Your soul and body are true riches my dear!

  16. Kristin Says:
    November 28th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Love your story you look great girl!

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