I had my first son about 2 months ago, I figured my body would handle pregnancy well, but I was so wrong, by week 32 I started to develop stretch marks that got worse everyday, by the end I just wanted to go into labour so badly so that I would not receive another stretch mark. I wasnt very fond of the body I had before my baby but now that I am left with these horrific stretch marks I would do anything to have my old body back. well almost anything, I love my son so much and I would not trade him for anything. I am trying to come to an acceptance but it is so hard. I hate looking at myself in he mirror each day, if feels as though they will never fade…I have seen alot of people post pictures of their stretch marks and although it is somewhat comforting to know I am not alone, I have not yet seen marks as bad as mine.
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Mine were much the same, very red and fiery.
But trust me, they fade. No, they won’t go completely. But they won’t look so bad and you will come to accept them.
You’ve got a beautiful figure. Enjoy what you DO have, don’t dwell on what you’ve lost.
I think your stretch marks look awesome. :) Like a very cool tattoo.
I understand how you feel. Mine look like yours, only they go up my belly to right under my breasts. I won’t even post pics here, so I applaud you for doing so! :)
They will definitely get lighter in color. Mine were coffee-colored and now just look silvery – like spiderweb threads. While they don’t go away, they will become less noticeable, and depending on your skin’s elasticity, you may not even see them unless the light hits a certain way. It’s no easy feat “loving” a body that society doesn’t look too favorably on, but knowing what it accomplished and what it produced sure helps!
I don’t have quite as many, but they look similar. And maybe I’m a weirdo, but I think they’re beautiful on us all.
I hear you, I struggle with the same feelings 30 months pp, but you are not alone, and they will fade, and you deserve all the love you have around you despite any lines your body may bear.
I think those are the coolest stretch marks I have ever seen. They look like flames. Be proud! xoxo
i’ve never posted on this site before.Despite empathising and agreeing and crying with almost all stories here. but your pictures, to me, epitomise the miraculous beauty of the biggest mama of them all – mother nature. Your stretch marks are like a beautiful belly painting of flames. for they, to me, signify that women can, will, do and have walked through fire for their children. Seriously, beautiful
Wow–I totally agree with sukanya. Your stretch marks are like a beautiful painting of flames! I love her idea that they signify that women walk through fire for their children. How beautiful! I can imagine that someone might want to get a tatoo like your belly!
My SIL who was pregnant at the same time as me got stretch marks like those. She had many more than you do. I know this sounds stupid, but I think your stretch marks are beautiful. You look very good so far, and you are getting into shape very quickly! Your body is beautiful, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
The last picture is neat.The marks on your belly look like a tribal-style tattoo.A well-drawn one too;-).You look awesome.Work it.
Just wanted to give you some comfort by saying you are judging yourself far too soon. It will take a year or more for your body to adjust itself. I know it is hard to think your stomach is beautiful no matter what anyone says. But, they are right, it is beautiful,and in time the marks will shrink tremendously and turn almost to the color of your skin. Your stomach will also shrink, and depending on how much effort you want to put into it, even just a little excersise will train your tummy a little as it changes, though it will do well on it’s own. Your body will always be different but you will soon reach a point where you are satisfied. Don’t wasted your amazing baby’s infancy being unhappy with what you see in the mirror (like I did). Just take care of yourself and relish in your motherhood and your child. Before you know it you will look in the mirror and see a beautiful you!