38 weeks– the stretch marks were a’stretchin! (Miranda)

My stretch marks didn’t appear until the last month and a half of my pregnancy. At first I thought I may have escaped the scars, but slowly but surely they appeared, and then spread. As the 2 sides creeped toward eachother, I had conflicting emotions. On one side, I was amazed and proud of the changes in my body; the other, I was a little sad and disturbed that it was scarred for life. My son is now almost 8 weeks old. I gained 55 lbs during the pregnancy, and have lost between 12-15. I had a healthy pregnancy and an uncomplicated home birth.I have alot to be thankful for, because what my body did was amazing. But I still find myself critisizing my body, because its nothing like it was a year ago. I encourage other women to feel good about themselves, but I’m too hard on myself. I’m trying to make healthy choices.

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11 thoughts on “38 weeks– the stretch marks were a’stretchin! (Miranda)

  • Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you so much for your post. I had my son 10 weeks ago and I have been so hard on myself about the weight. I try to look at my son every time I get upset about the weight. Be well.

  • Friday, March 9, 2007 at 4:09 am

    You look absolutely beautiful!!!!

  • Friday, March 9, 2007 at 11:30 am

    You have exactly the right attitude!
    As far as losing the weight goes, don’t be so hard on yourself only 8 (or even 10 for pp) weeks postpartum.
    I have 3 children and it was difficult to think about my body after each and every one of them. Thats why this site is so great. But 8 weeks (or 10) simply isn’t that long in terms of losing the baby weight. Think in years. Seriously. Your muscles will tone up (eventually) but it takes a while. Your tummy will never look the *same* as before though. But who would want to go back to being the same, things are different now, you’re a mom and gladly so!

  • Friday, March 9, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Its strange that that can happen. The same thing happened to me. I didnt get stretch marks until I was damn near 7 months. I thought I beat them, but in the end they beat me lol

  • Friday, March 9, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    I agree, you look great! Thank you for sharing.

  • Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    your armpits are hairy?

  • Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Well, my son is now almost 15 weeks old and I haven’t really lost any weight, but I haven’t added any either. I have finally found a pair of jeans that fit well and so I’m out of my maternity clothes! Yes!
    And yes, my armpits are hairy. I haven’t shaved in 10 years.

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    hairy armpits rule on chicks!

  • Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    I don’t shave my pits either. Call me paranoid, I think there is a link between constant shaving, using aluminium deodorants, and breast cancer/alzheimers.

  • Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Not that this has anything to do with pregnancy, but your arm pits are beautiful. Why do some people think that they can improve on what God gave them. I wish more women would stop with the razor. The natural body, pregnant or otherwise, is a thing of beauty, including your body.

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    You look beautiful!! Stretch marks are natural beauty… And to get them from a pregnancy means you earned them! Hairy is natural…. Natural is beautiful! :-)

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