Really starting to think so and I need input. I see pictures of my friends who have given birth, strangers who have given birth, on Facebook or magazines and am honestly getting depressed about it. I have NEVER seen a tummy like mine and it's really starting to worry me.
I can't post pictures, because I'm too embarrassed, but here is the description: It is SAGGY, WRINKLEY AND DOUGH- LIKE. From the belly button down. I can literally take my skin and take a bunch of the stretched out skin and make a ball out of it. Every other part of my tummy pulls in nicely- the muscles are herniated but go in when I wear a corset. Hernias can't effect the skin not being willing to tighten, can it?
I can't wear a two piece anymore, I can't show my tummy to anyone at all- including DH. He wouldn't mind, of course, but because of my self-consciousness of it, I can't. It is so terrible. Not only that, there is nothing I can do so please no suggestions- I have tried everything. Everything from all kinds of lotions to corsets to exercises and it is hopeless. My dermatologist says that there's nothing I can do about it either, and I believe him because if he wanted to I know he would throw expensive lotions or other products to "help it".
It's just getting to me right now. I'm pregnant with our 3rd and I am dreading post-pardum already because of my stomach.
It would at least help if I knew other women had ugly stomachs like me. I felt sick yesterday because I saw a picture of my friend who just gave birth 2 months ago and she has a super-model stomach. I couldn't believe it!
Yeah, I realize what I'm saying might sound vain to a lot of you but like I said, I am fearful that I'm the only one because of how many others have perfect post-pardum stomachs.
I can't exactly go asking moms to pull up their shirt so I can see their stomachs so there's no other way for me to know than to ask like this!
Here are some other factors...I'm 5'1 small stature. I don't know...could that have something to do with my severe stretched skin? Are smaller women more at risk for this especially if they carry 9 pound babies like I do?
Concerned, frustrated and humiliated. Even my own mom made a negative comment about my stomach at one point saying how she thought it was really bad looking.
Sorry to sound like a whiny 14 year old (I'm married, and almost 26) but I do care about my appearance, maybe more than I should, and I really have to know there are women with bad skin out there just like mine! It might sound silly, but it truly would help my mind-set a bit more if I didn't feel like such a strange alien here.