I gave birth to my 1st child, a son, in August. It was a big surprise to find out that I was pregnant. I was in the middle of my college year and only 21 years old. My boyfriend was 30 and although I had doubts about the baby he was ready and excited. The fact that he was so eager to have the baby made the decision alot easier for me. I still had doubts until my 1st ultrasound at 11 weeks. After seeing my baby growing and changing inside me I knew I had made the right decison and I became very excited! My biggest concern about being pregnant was, of course, how my body would change. I am 5″2 and when I found out I was pregnant I was 110lbs. I loved wearing bikinis and belly tops and cute skirts and hoped and prayed my body would go back to normal. I only gained 25lbs throughout my pregnancy but I got tons of stretch marks. On my tummy and my thighs. I was devestated. I cried almost everyday. I did everything suggested to me to prevent the marks from appearing but I got them anyways. I also got PUPPPS in the last week of my pregnancy which made me soo uncomfortable and soo itchy and made my stretch marks bright red and really painful. At 41 weeks I was induced and after 10hrs of labour I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy weighing 8 lbs 5 oz. I am now 6 months pp and slowly learning to love my body. I have lost all the weight and a little more but I have a pooch I can’t seem to get rid of and My stretch marks have forever marked my once smooth,supple skin. I have days where I smile when I look at my body in the mirror because I know it was a good home for my son to grow and develop in and then there are other days when I am upset that I won’t be able to wear a bikini again and my marks make me feel like a disfigured freak. But if I had the choice I would do it all over again without even a second thought!!