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My legs are in better shape than they’ve ever been thanks to months and months – nearly a year – of bouncing my daughter to sleep on a birth ball, but note the stretch marks. They made their appearance while I was on bedrest during my pregnancy. Stretch marks and pregnancy pretty much go hand in hand, and I expected to get them on my belly, my hips, perhaps even my breasts… (and I did!) but my calf?! It just wasn’t fair. My breasts and belly and hips stay pretty much covered up, but having my calf stretch marked – and not both calves, oh no, couldn’t be symmetrical about it or anything, just my right calf – was a real bummer. No more shorts or skirts, I would moan.

I want to embrace them. I want to see them as battle scars, or badges of merit, but I’m not having much luck with it yet. I was twenty when I got pregnant and I’m still morning the loss of my young, slender body. My belly is still pretty soggy and stretchmarked, resembling bread dough, but it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as my leg.

Here is the aforementioned calf:

And I’d also like to share a picture I love, of my belly taken at twenty weeks, on my honeymoon in Cozumel:

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11 comments… add one
  • Elaine Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 2:48 pm

    I LOVE that Cozumel shot (and have ever since I first saw it). Thank you for adding your name to the list!

  • Anonymous Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 3:51 pm

    I got stretch marks on my calves, thighs, hips, butt, and breasts during puberty. They do fade! As you fair skin the ones on your calves will become barely noticeable.

  • Lindsay Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 4:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I love this site. I love the belly picture on the beach. About your calf- perhaps a tattoo? Anyway it’s not that bad, and we have to remember that our bodies will change constantly all of our lives. We never had hopes of staying perfect.

  • Anonymous Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 9:19 pm

    ey dont worry about it so much most of the time people dont even notice them.. but if its that important to you, you should try a gel called “mederma” its efective in reducing them & not so expensive

  • Anonymous Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 1:59 am

    You could also try stri vectin ID. I think that’s what it’s called. You can order it online at sephora, but it’s rather costly. It helped my sister very well in minimizing the appearance of stretch marks on her belly and thighs after pregnancy.

  • Anonymous Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 5:19 am

    You are beautiful! I too have stretch marks on my calves and you can barely notice them now…also, we honeymooned in Cozumel 13years ago; beautiful!

  • Angel Thursday, August 3, 2006, 7:50 am

    Yeah I got those too about the second month in. I thought for sure my dress wearing days were over. By some miracle they have faded a lot since December so I haven’t tossed out my short dresses.

  • Anonymous Friday, August 4, 2006, 10:39 pm

    I just wanted to tell you how beautiful that picture is of the pregnancy belly. I can see exactly why you love it, definitely one to be proud of.

  • Anonymous Thursday, August 10, 2006, 12:25 pm

    I got them on my calves too, the ones from puberty have faded but the pregnancy ones are still fresh.

  • Anonymous Monday, September 25, 2006, 3:58 am

    I got stretch marks on my calves as well. I just got back from holiday and when I was there went to buy some shorts. I turned round in front of the mirror and realised I couldn’t show the world that. I had to go our of the shop and cry. I can’t seem to reconcile myself to the fact my body is no longer mine.

  • mari Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:38 pm

    i was stunned when i saw your picture of your calf. I thought i had accidently put my pic up! we look like twins. I,too, have stretch marks on one calf only and am still coming to terms with the transition from slender body to stretched, mommy body. you are not alone in your feelings.btw, you look absolutely lovely. you have such a glow about you and your skin. the marks will fade and life will go on. our kids are the best remedy when we realize that, we would give up anything for them in a heartbeat.. even bearing a couple imperfections…

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