I probably sat here for about 30 minutes before I got the guts to click "post" for this picture, but when I started this page I promised myself I would stay as authentic as possible in all my posts, and I wanted to share with you something that came up in a conversation with some friends tonight - stretch marks. The reality is, that most women have stretch marks somewhere on their body and almost ALL moms do! Due to genetics, some people get them worse than others, but during pregnancy your body changes so much that stretch marks are very NORMAL!
Someone said to me tonight, "You don't have any stretch marks - I have seen your pictures!". The reality is that, yes, I do have stretch marks! I delivered a 10-lb baby and gained 60 lbs when I was pregnant. My stretch marks were bright purple during pregnancy, and in the past two years they have faded more of a clear color now. When I take progress pictures I try to make it so they don't always show, but I definitely have them. When I get cold, they are a lot more noticeable.
I hope that this post helps you guys realize that pregnancy stretch marks aren't necessarily a bad thing!! They are proof that our bodies went through something completely amazing and carried a child. I have days, of course, where I wish I didn't have them...but then I look down at my beautiful little two year old and his sweet little laugh and dimpled smile make those stretch marks all worth it.
Most photos that we see in print ads, professional photos, etc have been photoshopped to get rid of stretch marks. Most people have them, so please don't look at your own body and feel bad if you have some stretch marks. YOUR body is a beautiful thing - even with so-called 'imperfections' like stretch marks!! The more you love and embrace all the things you don't like about your body the happier you will be with where you are at in your journey.