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I was going to share my belly shots several weeks ago, but chickened out at the last minute. I’ve thought about it a lot since then, and I’ve decided I really want to do this. Before I found this site I really thought I was the only woman out there that had stretch marks like this. They cover my body from nipples to knees, with some as thick as my fingers. I never took any photos of my belly while I was pregnant because I was so ashamed of the way I looked. I gained nearly 80 lbs. with each of my two children. It seemed like my skin was literally being torn apart from the inside.

I’ve lost all the pregnancy weight (my youngest is 2 years old now), and then some, through breastfeeding, diet, and excersice, but I’ve only just started to feel comfortable with how I look. This site has helped me in that department in a huge way. My tummy was affectionately known as the prune-belly in our family, but I always thought my stretch marks looked more like the tracks a snail makes in the sand at the bottom of a lake. So to all you other tiger-bellies, and zebra-bellies, I add my snailtrack-belly. The marks of motherhood are echoed all around us.


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  • Allyson Saturday, August 26, 2006, 11:10 am

    You look great agter having 2 babies! My belly looks just like that, as well as my thighs and breasts…thank you so much for sharing your pictures and story

  • Anonymous Sunday, August 27, 2006, 8:03 pm

    Believe it or not, your story and pictures are very encouraging to me. I gained almost 80 pounds during and after both my kids were born, and am finally losing it little by little. I’ve been afraid of what I might look like after the weight is gone with the possibility of extra skin, but you look beautiful. I hope I look anything near as good as you if I get there someday!

  • Lolla Sunday, August 27, 2006, 8:04 pm

    zebra-belly! I love that!I’m also making peace with my stripes. Thanks for the pix. :)

  • Anonymous Sunday, August 27, 2006, 8:44 pm

    You look great! Your stomach is so flat. I am 9 months pp with my 2nd and just can’t seem to get my flat tummy back!

  • Mary Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 3:33 pm

    I haven’t had any children yet and I envy your flat tummy! I think you look GREAT!

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