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Badge of Honor (Teresa)

I went my whole pregnancy without stretch marks, until the last two weeks. I had mixed emotions about them, and various emotions about the 53 pounds of weight I gained. I was hoping to make it through without gaining a solitary mark.

The first few days were horrifying after delivery. I looked heavier then I did during pregnancy, yet… I had so much stretchy excess skin. I ignored the mirror as best I could, and only truly looked in it once my ankles made their returning debut.

Now, that I am 3 weeks post delivery; I look at my body, realizing I still have half the weight to lose until my pre-pregnancy body. There’s still room for major improvement with my body image, but I am content at the moment. I respect my stretch marks, and look at them and am proud. Kind of like a badge of honor. I earned these from all the hard work my body and mind putt into creating the best thing a person could create. I earned them creating another human being, the miracle of life. I sport them proud with my head held high.

Im proud of my stretch marks, if people say they are road maps, then they are the maps to pure bliss.


in Belly, First Pregnancy, Postpartum, Submissions
4 comments… add one
  • Christie Sunday, July 26, 2009, 3:08 pm

    You look AWESOME! I gained around 22kg/50pounds as well and let me tell you my roadmaps are major highways *lol*

  • Lauren Sunday, July 26, 2009, 7:22 pm

    You look great! 3 weeks pp??? You are going to have no problem getting back in shape if you ask me. I hope I’m as lucky as you. Be proud of being a mama! I’ll be there with you in a few weeks when I have my baby! Can’t wait to post my story.

  • 14 Weeks Pregnant Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:53 am

    You look great, I hardly notice the stretch marks at all. If you breastfeed your little one then that can help in getting rid of the extra baby pounds.

  • Stacie Hulm Monday, July 27, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Am I the only person who didn’t weigh myself before, during or after pregnancy? lol

    I don’t understand why people do this. Be kind to yourself … throw out the scale and don’t worry about it. I learned a long time ago that scales are like unneeded chains or shackles.

    I would say you look fine for someone who just had a baby! Definitely! And you being proud of your stretchmarks helps me to be proud of mine! Maybe we should start a strecthmark appreciation club! Compare and contrast strecthmark patterns! lol. Right on… not a bad idea!

    Don’t worry about your weight – just get on with life and enjoying your baby. The weight will take care of itself.

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