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As soon as I saw the first few postings on this website I cried! I’ve felt like I was the only one with a floppy striped gut. It really made me feel like I wasn’t alone trying to hid my flabby skin. Thank you. And because of this site I’d like to share my images in order to help other women not feel like their the only ones whose postpartum bodies changed after the birth of their children.
I had hoped that I wouldn’t get stretch marks from pregnancy since both of my sisters didn’t get any, but around 32 weeks of pregnancy they started to slowly appear. First as little dots on my skin that itched and soon there were many lines running up and down my lower abdomen. I felt pretty insecure about them and would often ask (half jokingly) my husband if he could still love me with stretch marks. He said “Honey I married you with stretch marks! I’ll always love you.” Later after I delivering our daughter he saw my saggy skin and the bright red stretch marks he said. “I like your tiger strips”. Even though I have an incredibly supportive husband I still get those creeping feelings of insecurity that remain in the shadows of my thoughts about myself…

8weeks pregnant

32 weeks pregnant and still growing

37 weeks pregnant and up almost 40lbs above my prepregnancy weight

4.5 months postpartum & 15lbs from prepregnancy weight

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7 comments… add one
  • Belinda Saturday, July 15, 2006, 6:01 pm

    Just beautiful. Sarah and her baby both just GLOW with good health!

  • christina Saturday, July 15, 2006, 7:24 pm

    What a beautiful babe and mama!

  • Anonymous Sunday, July 16, 2006, 11:16 am

    Wanted to say the same thing, Zebra Belly! You (and your sweet baby!) are so pretty!

  • Special Red Sunday, July 16, 2006, 11:50 am

    Agreed with Belinda, the both of you look fantastic, lit with some inner light! I also love how in your pictures, you have this HUGE beaming smile… So beautiful, you are! And what a precious baby!

  • Anonymous Sunday, July 16, 2006, 7:54 pm

    You were more beautiful with each picture…thanks for sharing! Just passing through! Valerie

  • Jesica Dolin Monday, July 17, 2006, 4:34 pm

    Hey! I know you! :) And that cute baby…

  • Anonymous Monday, July 17, 2006, 4:58 pm

    YOu looked like a girl when preg and with the baby in your arms you have that magicial inner glow of a mom and a woman.

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