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I swear, I am already COVERED in stretch marks! It looks like I've been attacked by a very short tiger! I've been doing shea butter, cocoa butter, lotion, but they keep coming and coming and coming!<br><br>
I know it's worse because it's twins and I am growing faster, but geez, this is ridiculous!
 

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Well, the thing with stretch marks is that it is a genetic thing from what I understand. You will either get them or you won't and no amount of creams, oils etc will change that.<br><br>
I was the same way with DD in my first pregnancy and she was just a singleton. I was shocked that one could get so many...and in the most unusual places too...no one told me you get them on your butt!!...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So, I definitely sympathize. But they are all worth it in the end when you get to hold your beautiful babies...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Well, I've been covered with them since #1...i decided one day the ones on my boobs and my belly might connect they seem to get longer with each pregnancy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I've been covered with them since #1...i decided one day the ones on my boobs and my belly might connect they seem to get longer with each pregnancy.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's how I feel. I don't have that many on my belly, but rather everywhere else, butt, breasts, thighs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I'm dreading them. I have stretch marks from growing as a teenager...my mom has terrible ones from both of her pregnancies. Nothing so far, but I haven't really grown much.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm dreading them. I have stretch marks from growing as a teenager...my mom has terrible ones from both of her pregnancies. Nothing so far, but I haven't really grown much.</div>
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i thought i was doomed when pg with #1 because i got tons of them while growing in my teen years as well- i didnt get a single one other than what i already had. so there's hope for you! lol. now watch me get a million with this pg!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i thought i was doomed when pg with #1 because i got tons of them while growing in my teen years as well- i didnt get a single one other than what i already had. so there's hope for you! lol. now watch me get a million with this pg!</div>
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oh! This gives me some hope. I just figured that, like Kate, since I have them from when I was a teen (you know - hips, boobs, horizontal on the lower back!) that I was doomed. I suppose time will tell.<br><br>
To the op, <hugs>.
 

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Thanks guys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I know they're normal and worth it to hold my babies, but I'm feeling very pitiful about them lately. DH keeps reassuring me, but I hate to let him see my stomach. I had a mini-breakdown last night. He did suggest that I might be a *wee* bit more sensitive to them than I normally would. I do have to concede that he might be right.
 

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I have to admit that I am jealous. I've never had stretch marks! But I'd love to get a couple, just...because...I don't know why, kind of a battle scar to remember my pregnancy? anyway, I have purposefully not used moisturizer on my stomach hoping I will get some, but if I haven't gotten them yet, I'm guessing I'm out of luck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks guys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I know they're normal and worth it to hold my babies, but I'm feeling very pitiful about them lately. DH keeps reassuring me, but I hate to let him see my stomach. I had a mini-breakdown last night. He did suggest that I might be a *wee* bit more sensitive to them than I normally would. I do have to concede that he might be right.</div>
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I was so happy when I reached 38 weeks without stretch marks, and then they all seemed to show up overnight. I was really bothered by them because they were bright purple (I am bright white) and so very obvious. When my belly shrunk back, I hated them even more. My mom finally told me to suck it up cuz I earned them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> They are now so much less obvious (well, until I got pregnant again), so I'm not as upset by them. It may take time, but they fade and so does your hatred!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have to admit that I am jealous. I've never had stretch marks! But I'd love to get a couple, just...because...I don't know why, kind of a battle scar to remember my pregnancy? anyway, I have purposefully not used moisturizer on my stomach hoping I will get some, but if I haven't gotten them yet, I'm guessing I'm out of luck.</div>
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You have lots of time (you crazy, crazy girl)!! I had a worse battle scar than my stretch marks, so I think that added to the negative feelings.
 

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I did everything I could to avoid them during my first pregnancy. I got them at 32 weeks. They look like eagle wings on my belly.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> so I'm not too upset about it.<br><br>
During my second pregnancy I did something different than I had with my first and I didn't get any more stretch marks. Which was taking Fish Oil. Sounds gross to some but I think it enternally lubed and stretched my insides??<br><br>
I took EPO with my thrid and she was a 10lber. No further stretch marks with that pregnancy either. It could be that I was already stretched out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Well, I have them too. Nothing too red with this pregnancy yet...probably because my skin is already torn in all of the same places... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
But this thread reminded me of a dream I had the other night. I dreamed that the stretch marks were all over my back with this pregnancy! And in my dream I was just devastated, but my DH wanted to 'get busy' in the dream, so he kept telling me over and over again, how they weren't that bad and he didn't mind them at all.<br><br>
Gosh...I hope I don't get them on my back this time around!!!
 

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They say it's genetic, but at the same time, it makes more sense to take something like fish oil (which also contains vitamin E, usually) internally than to spread it on your stomach??? Run out an buy your fish oil now ladies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">. Except that crazy smocklets. Send her your stretch marks.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Oh I was sort of amused when I got eh first one or two during my first pregnancy. Oh wow a stretch-makr, interesting. Problem is, he invited all his friends and before long my tummy was covered in them, the kind that make furrows in the skin and everything. I've never been proud of my tummy, but now I go to great lengths to hide it. :-(<br><br><a href="http://theshapeofamother.com/about-this-site/" target="_blank">http://theshapeofamother.com/about-this-site/</a><br><br>
This website was recommended to me by someone here and it helped me a bit...
 

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That's me as well. I thought I had gotten away without any with DD1, then she was born, and I realized that they appeared that last week and were all under my belly so I couldn't see them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Those same ones really grew with DD2, and I added a few more as well on my belly along with the ones that appeared in other places.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It looks like I've been attacked by a very short tiger!</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> This made me laugh for like ten minutes!
 

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if it is genetic, I must have missed that gene, because all the women in my family get them. And we are the type of family to pull up shirts and compare stretch marks even years later, so maybe that is where my jealousy comes from. Being my sixth pregnancy, I don't know if now will be my time. However, I have never gone past 38 weeks, so herins and Peony, you have given me hope!
 

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I'm sure it's just genetic. For some reason I've lucked out and didn't get any for my first two. My DD was 9 lb 13 ozs and I was huge at the end, so I was really surprised. So just my genes. I can imagine with twins that you would grow even fast, so I'm sure I would get stretch marks with twins. I got them in puberty, I have some on my butt and boobs!<br><br>
Any way, I don't think there's a whole lot you can do about genes. Although Omega 3's like fish and flax seed oil are suppose to be good for people with dry skin problems, so it wouldn't hurt to try.
 

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Oh I did everything to not get them last pregnancy, and I got them BADDDDD. Even down my thighs almost to my knees <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> They were bright purple and I'm quite pale, so I hated them.<br>
Luckly they really deminish after you have the baby. They turn sort of silvery white so you can't notice them unless you are trying to find them.<br><br>
The good news...I'm not doing a THING this pregnancy about them....they will probably show up, and then go away just as before. No 1 hour Vit E cream sessions EVERY night like last time...lol, like I have the time now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I got them really bad with my first too. I noticed the first ones on my butt and backs of my thighs at only 16 weeks!! Ack! They moved on down to the backs of my calves and a little on the backs of my upper arms. Then finally I got them on my stomach, and boy did I get them!! lol So far nothing with this baby though! I hope that he stretched me out enough on the stomach that I won't get any new ones and I'll just attribute the ones on my other body parts to the hormones for that particular pregnancy.
 
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