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My Crown (Sara)

I’ve always loved my body. Sure, there were always those times when I felt I needed to lose a few pounds, but I usually tried to focus on my health and how I felt rather than a number on the scale. I am a curvy 5’7″ and weighed 166lbs at the start of my first pregnancy last year. I gained about 30lbs over those nine months, and I absolutely loved being pregnant. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in October, 2007 after less than 24 hours of painless, drug-free labor.

I thought that stretch marks would be the one thing that I would hate about pregnancy, hoping that since my mother never got them, I wouldn’t either. So when they began appearing late in the 3rd trimester, I admit I was a little sad. But after my son was born, I noticed that the marks on my lower belly had formed the shape of a crown, and I was in awe of them, in awe of my whole body. I’m probably the only woman around who hopes her stretch marks never fade. I love my body even more now for what it has proven it can do, for creating and nourishing this precious new life, and I wear my crown with pride.


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  • i-dra Friday, February 22, 2008, 2:21 pm

    you & i are kindred spirits; i also love my marks! unfortunately, they’ve faded a lot, but i love to feel the grooves with my fingertips. your belly is fantastic! & kudos on the natural birth! another thing we have in common!

  • Amy Friday, February 22, 2008, 10:06 pm

    I feel the same way about my stretch marks.
    I think they just show a journey.
    Now my weight on the other hand.

    Congrats, I really wish I would be able to have a drug free labor.
    But I had to have a c section

  • Sarah Saturday, February 23, 2008, 12:28 am

    I love this photo… it’s beautiful and honest!

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