Learning to love… (Anonymous)

Learning to love my stretchmarks!

Week 39 begins tomorrow, and there aren’t words to express how excited I am to meet my little one. This is our first baby, and we feel so blessed.

I made it to week 36 without a single stretch mark, and I will never forget a friend of mine telling me right around that time how great my belly looked and how lucky I was to be stretch mark free.

Well the very next week they started to show up to one side of my belly button, and over the last few weeks it seems that they have gotten darker, longer and wider every day. I’m amazed at how fast my skin has changed. I’ve had a few stretch marks on my breasts and on my sides for years, and they don’t bother me at all. But to have them covering my entire belly is going to take some adjustment. Maybe I just assumed that since my mom and my sister didn’t get any during pregnancy, I wouldn’t either. I’ll admit it, I’m disappointed.

But I love being pregnant. I love my big, round, beautiful belly and I have been so proud to show it off. If this is the biggest sacrifice I need to make, so be it. Time will pass and I’ll get used to my new body. I’ll learn to love it again, or so I hope. And I’ll be so in love with my son or daughter that nothing else will really matter.

4 thoughts on “Learning to love… (Anonymous)

  • Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Well you’ve probably had your baby since you’ve submitted this so CONGRATS! Those marks will fade over time. Mine certainly have.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Funny, when I was exactly 36 weeks 1 day I got my first stretchmarks. They appeared overnight! and I thought I was going to escape thanks to good genetics, too. It didn’t bother me so much during pregnancy, but afterwards took some adjusting.

    They will fade over time and eventually you will hardly notice them when looking at yourself. I hope you do love your new mommy body for everything that it is! Amazing!

    And can I ask what you ended up with? Boy or girl and name!

  • Monday, October 27, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I had a girl on October 18th and we named her Calla Elena. She’s the most beautiful girl in the world and we are so in love with her!!!

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Oh you have a beautiful pregnant tummy! Congrats!!!

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