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3 1/2 yrs post partum (Anonymous)

I was a tiny person before i bacame pregnant. never more than 120 lbs. My son was born 2 weeks after my 19th birthday. During my pregnancy i ate healthy. I didn’t limit my diet but i did eat a lot healthier than i usually did. I gianed a total of 23 lbs, less than reccommended. I was still very tiny. People didn’t notice i was pregnant unless i told them up into my 3rd trimester, and even then some people were suprised when they finally noticed my belly. I remember being 8 months pregant, and i looked down at my belly and told my husband in admiration, “this lotion must work, i don’t have a single stretch mark!” He gave me a funny look and said, “what are you talking about? You have tons of them!” He informed me that they were all under my belly. I checked the mirror and sure enough, there were lots and lots of verticle stretch marks under my belly. Over the next month they grew longer and longer until they covered my entire (tiny!) belly. My son was born in November of 2003, and he is now 3 1/2 years old. My stretch marks have faded from crimson to silver but they’re still there. And i still have the “mommy pooch.” Pregnancy and breastfeeding have changed my breasts as well, my son nursed for 2 1/2 years. I went from a small C cup to a large D cup. Pregnancy has changed my body in other ways as well. I became diabetic while pregnant, and while its not as severe now, i am still insulin resistant. because of this i have marks on my body called Acanthosis Nigricans. They mostly affect people who are overweight, and those with darker skin tone to begin with. But i’m one of the lucky ones who did not have those risk facters who got it anyway. Honestly they bother me more than my stretch marks do. I love your website because i can see that my experience is normal. The changes to my body are wonderful things, symbolizing the awesome things that it can do. Things that i hope one day (got willing) my body will be able to do it again.







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  • Sam Saturday, April 28, 2007, 4:19 pm

    The story you tell about your husband informing you of the stretch marks you didn’t know you had is the EXACT story my mom told me of when she carried me:)

  • Lexi Sunday, April 29, 2007, 2:19 pm

    Hi. My daughter is 3yrs old, and my body looks just like yours!!

  • BubbaMom Monday, April 30, 2007, 11:18 am

    I was the same “tiny” skinny personvlike you before motherhood. I actually weighed only 118 lbs before getting pregnant with my first and never weighed more than about 120. Although I don’t have stretchmarks, I also have the mommy pooch and it bugs too. I’d love to go to a D cup though…I’m still only at an A even after 2 pregnancies! ;)

  • julissa Thursday, August 23, 2007, 12:15 pm

    If you are insulin resistant you might discuss with your doctor to start taking Metformin, it helps with insulin resistance and those marks will disappear completely.

  • Amy Monday, February 4, 2008, 2:49 am

    Sorry, I know this is a bit late – but I’ve been taking metformin for years, and my acanthosis nigricans has never disappeared.

    p.s. You look beautiful!

  • Jesse Sunday, May 25, 2008, 7:24 am

    This is way late but I had this “pregnancy mask” (between my breasts and a little on my face) when I was pregnant with my first and this is the first time I have ever seen pictures of it. The marks faded after I gave birth and I never got them again with my subsequent 4 pregnancies (I’m on preg # 5 now), weird.

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