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I envy all of you… (Anonymous)

I try and embrace the stretch marks bestowed upon me by my first pregnancy. I read your submissions and envy those who are truly happy with their bodies and hope someday I will be as well. I am now pregnant with our second child and I am dreading the weight gain and stretch marks. Thankfully no new ones have shown yet, but I know as I get further along, they will come. My son (and the one on the way) are WELL worth it, but I have to admit, I hate the way I look now and often wish I could have my old body. I have posted a picture of me a little more than 1/2 way into my second pregnancy and a smaller ‘before’ picture. Maybe posting these will bring me a step forward to loving my body.




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  • Sarah Monday, February 25, 2008, 3:09 pm

    You have a beautiful pregnant belly! Gorgeous!
    Acceptance and self love are not things that you just wake up and it happens magically. It’s a road for some–for most. It’s a journey. You have to work at it. So do! Work at it. Every day tell yourself you are gorgeous and worthwhile and perfect! You are the way God made you and you are wonderful! Admire your stretch marks and your shapely figure, your feminine curves, your hips, your sexy body. And tell yourself you love yourself.

    God bless! xoxoxo

  • Rae Monday, February 25, 2008, 9:08 pm

    Just to keep the hope alive-

    I got stretch marks EVERYWHERE during my first pregnancy (gained 65lbs). I also gained 65lbs with pregnancy #2 and pregnancy #3 and got NO new stretch marks. That first time did me in just enough to make sure I didn’t need to get any more in subsequent pregnancies. :)

  • Liza Monday, February 25, 2008, 10:39 pm

    I’m with you .. totally.
    I hope to one day, just one day look at myself in the mirror and not feel horrified for the reflection I see.. I love my child.. and he’s the best thing in the world, but my body, as much as I appreciate how it nurtured that amazing life, is not something I like seeing.. I’ll never wear a bathing suit.. ever.. I just can’t.. my body is a riddled mess of stretch marks.. EVERYWHERE.

  • Mars Stone Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 1:45 pm

    You are beautiful!

  • thistle Thursday, February 28, 2008, 10:14 am

    in these pictures i see such beauty…wow!

  • ms_mudd Sunday, March 9, 2008, 4:10 pm

    I also got a huge amount of stretchmarks in my first pregnancy. I now have a 4mth daughter and although I got just as big with her, I didn’t get a single new one and the old ones stayed silver. You might also be pleasantly surprised!
    I think your pregnant belly is gorgeous, I hope you can see that beauty one day soon too:)

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