I became a mother at 24 years old, and am now a mother of 2 children at 27. Becoming a mother has sincerely been the most magnificent experience of my life. I was able to conceive immediately and had two wonderful and uncomplicated deliveries that have literally been the “mountaintop” experiences of my life to date. But since having babies I have genuinely struggled to embrace my new post partum figure, until I found this beautiful and encouraging site. My mother and all of the mother’s in my family didn’t get any stretch marks. My mother at 48 is still able to wear a bikini. I meticulously applied expensive cream up to three times a day in the last several months of my pregnancy with my son, and with my daugther, and hoped that I would have a healthy dose of good genetics on my side. However, stretch marks now cover my entire abdomen, and the skin is now loose. My stomach look “OK” when I am standing up, but when I bend over is puckers and wrinkles. The worst part for my was that my belly button got the worse stretch mark, leaving it looked ripped in half. I once had a friend say, “ew . . it looks like an old woman’s face!” Before pregnancy my belly button and abdomen in particular were my favorite features about my body. I was so discouraged that at 24 my bikini wearing days were over! I bounced back to my prepreggers weight after both of my children within four months, and am even thinner now – but what troubles me is “what is under the clothes.” Many people comment that I look fabulous for having two children, but have struggled to accept this. I am genuinely working on enjoying my new body. THis site has been a wonderful source of encouragement for me. However, my greatest movtivator is that I do not want to share by “self image issues” with my beautiful daughter . . .I hope and pray that one day I will feel beautiful again, under the clothes!