posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
5481 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Cory_loves_this_girl:  It took a lot of time for me to appreciate my post-baby body.  Even still, I didn’t love it, but I respected it for what it gave me.  My body has done some pretty amazing things- I served a combat tour in Afghanistan, I ran a marathon, I grew a human being and birthed my beautiful daughter.  My body is a frickin’ temple!  Except that it looks like it’s been beaten up… and I’m going to have to rediscover that appreciation again after I have this baby.

I may or may not be brave enough to take photos of my bare midsection, but I will keep it in mind.  Loose skin, stretch marks, etc are NORMAL and they are badges of honor that remind us that our bodies are capable of carrying life.  I’m thankful that my body was able to conceive and carry a baby.  I’m lucky.  Many people don’t get the chance.

Post # 4
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used to be overweight (BMI over 30) as a teenager and got stretchmarks during that period of time. I lost the extra weight (~65 lbs) when I was 18-19 and for years I was struggling with those stupid stretchmarks. However, I started to realize how much my body was capable of – climbing mountains, adventure races, hiking, rowing and gutting and rebuilding a house – and pretty much decided that I wouldn’t worry about those marks anymore. Now I’m pregnant, 26w 5d, and while I have a bunch of concerns over my changing body (I don’t like feeling as limited in my movements as I do) this is not a thing I fret about. Stretchmarks are not the end of the world, they don’t constitute a real medical problem (like varicose veins, those I’m afraid to get) so it’s sad that they are looked upon with so much disdain.

So Cory_loves_this_girl: I salute you for your initiative and I hope this thread can turn into something really positive! 

Here’s my contribution, old fainted stretch marks that goes around my entire tummy. Who knows what will happen further into this pregnancy, but as long as baby and I are healthy I couldn’t care less!

Post # 6
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Cory_loves_this_girl: It took me years to get to the place I’m now and that honestly makes me sad. There are so many things you can spend energy on, why agonize and feel shame over something like this? I wish all girls and women out there would have the confidence to be happy with their bodies, not just focus on the “flaws”. As long as my body can do all of the amazing things it can do, I’m not going to let cosmetics affect my view upon it.

Post # 7
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I didn’t get any stretch marks on my belly, but got tons on my hips and booty!!! When I first noticed them, I was really upset and I do try to keep my shorts a bit longer than I used to because of it to be honest. But we earned them and should be proud of them! I wish more women would be proud to show em off and would lose the negetaivity about them! My DH says he likes them bc it reminds him of what I did for our family…it gave us our amazing son. I do have to remind myself that they’re beautiful and not something to be ashamed of.

Post # 8
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is my stomach now at 26 weeks. It is a combination of my current pregnancy and my first pregnancy that sadly ended in stillbirth January of this year. you can’t see it in the picture but my sides are black and blue from the blood thinners I inject daily. I’m proud of my battle scars. 

Post # 10
2964 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Cory_loves_this_girl:  Just wanted to say how good you look post-baby. Keep it up! And by “it” I don’t mean exercise, (although good job with that) I mean positive self-image and self-talk. That is so important and I think everyone should be able to focus on what their body can do (and DID!) as opposed to just how it looks. Rock on, girl.

Post # 11
4756 posts
Honey bee

Cory_loves_this_girl:  I’m probably over exaggerating, but my stomach looked like a train wreck after my daughter was born. The sheer amount that my skin stretched to accommodate my child was incredible. My waist doubled in size, 20 to 40 inches – whoo baby. It’s never gone back to 20 either. It will probably never look the same again. But I’m okay with that. Like another PP said, “I grew a child.” Her heart that beats in her chest? I grew that, the heart that at one time beat within me? It took me a bit, but I realized that while I may not physically look like a model, I’ve done something that not all women can boast about doing. I gave birth. While my stretch marks are hardly visible anymore, you can still feel them (they’re like crevices in my skin or canyons), but it’s a nice reminder (excluding said child whom we both adore) that I carried her.

Post # 13
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Cory_loves_this_girl:  You go!! I have stretch marks on my tummy too. At first I was really upset by them, but after giving birth and surviving the first 4 months of motherhood, I wear my scars as almost badges of honor! Mothers are warriors. We not only create a human being and nourish them for 9 months, we then have to push them out! Then breastfeed and lose hair and deal with all the craziness of having a newborn. My husband is very supportive of me and when I was first sad about them, he always reassured me they were beautiful. Now I look at them and laugh and think, wow, I created a human and I survived! Love this post!!

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