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Stretch Marks for Life! (Anonymous)

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.

in 5+ Years Postpartum, Belly, Breasts, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions

16 comments… add one

  • Erin Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 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 :)

  • Emily Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 11:07 am

    You photos are stunning! Your beautiful!

  • Gem Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 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 :)

  • Miffy Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 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!

  • amber H Thursday, August 9, 2012, 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. :)

  • Kerry Thursday, August 9, 2012, 12:19 pm

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

  • Louellen Thursday, August 9, 2012, 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!

  • Kim Friday, August 10, 2012, 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!

  • Sarah P. Sunday, August 12, 2012, 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!

  • Robert B Wier Thursday, August 23, 2012, 11:15 pm


    very cool, thanks for sharing

  • Elle Friday, August 24, 2012, 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.

  • Tammy J. Sunday, August 26, 2012, 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.

  • Katie Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 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!

  • Michael Friday, September 14, 2012, 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.

  • Lady Thursday, November 1, 2012, 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!

  • Kristin Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Love your story you look great girl!

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