When did you get stretch marks?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

31 weeks. I remember the first sight. it was like 1cm, you could hardly tell what it was. but I knew. I got many many many more after that, and the largest ones are like 5-6cm long.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i got mine the very last month. my first one reared its nasty head at my baby shower exaclty one month before my daughter was born. we did the masure the tummy game and my mom said oh look your first stretch mark!! i was pretty upset about it and they exploded from there. its like getting a snag in your panty hose, it just spreads like wild fire from one little snag

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I only started to get mine at like 36 weeks.  Still not too bad and Im due in 5 days.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I didn’t get them until only about 3 weeks ago.  And I’m at 40 weeks.  I thought I was sooooo fortunate, but then they literally appeared over night.  I hope the same doesn’t happen to you!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I didn’t have any until probably 33 weeksish. They started slow, and by 40 weeks they were huge. All up my belly, thighs, and boobs 🙁 Silly me thought I was in the clear, especially b/c my mom never got them.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@spraguebride:

I never got a single stretch mark but I remember my bff got a few the same day she went into labor.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I think a lot of it is monitoring your weight, exercising and genetics.  I haven’t seen any and I’m 36 weeks.  My mom didn’t get any either.  I’m on track to gain about 20-25 pounds total.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I made this comment in the other stretch mark thread, but I’ll put it here too- unfortunately there does not appear to be a point where if you haven’t gotten them by then, you won’t get them at all. Some women have gone up to 40 weeks with none, and then in the 41st week, gotten a few. Some have escaped getting any in a first pregnancy only to get some in the next pregnancy.

Side note- wouldn’t that be a bitch to first get them in your 41st week? Like, not only are you so ready to have this baby and have to wait, but to add insult to injury, stretch marks appear after you’ve gone 40 weeks. That’s just a double blow.

You might not get them at all, but even if you do, it might not be as bad as you think. I was just watching True Life: I’m Pregnant and the girl was complaining about her stretch marks, but they were tiny. They looked like little red fingerprints and weren’t even that noticeable. I’m hoping to escape them as well, but only time will tell.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I got mine when the baby dropped. 🙁

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I got a couple after I had my baby…I thought I was doing soo good and I was so proud of having no stretch marks. However, while taking a shower in the hospital I turned to look in the mirror and flipped out!! Either my stomach was so big that I never noticed it under my big ole belly or it didnt arrive until after I delivered.  I have two very small and faint ones…but I still hate them…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m 34 years old, I went 41 weeks, gained 30lbs and I do not have one stretch mark. =)

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I think a lot of it’s genetics, I didn’t get any either but neither did my mom or grandma.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You just never know with stretch marks.  They say it has to do with genetics and how much weight you gain.

I’ve had three children.  One pregnancy I gained 70 pounds, one I gained 50 pounds (yes, it does come off afterwards!), and the last was in my late 30s and I have no stretch marks.  But  my sister who has only had two children and never gained anywhere near the amount of weight I did has quite a few stretch marks. I really think there’s no way you can predict them…or prevent them.  Fortunately, they DO fade and usually aren’t really noticeable to anyone else after a while.

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