So just this morning...I found my very first stretch marks. I'm not completely sure how I feel. I thought I'd be upset....but I'm not really. I mean they kinda suck...but oh well. I get a baby at the end of all of this craziness.
Very first? I'm painted everywhere with them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> DD2 gave me some new ones, but this baby seems to be reusing the ones I already have <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
Wear them proudly, mama!<br><br>
Seriously, once I went through labor and had my son in my arms, any concern I once had over stretchmarks disappeared. Nothing mattered to me except the precious little life that I was now responsible for. It totally shifts your awareness of what's important and what's not.<br><br>
And they fade. So they're totally not worth getting upset about. Maybe if you're a model. Then you could be upset.
I've been lucky this time around and so far (knock on wood) haven't aquired any new stretch marks. The old ones I have from my DD really don't bother me. They've faded into a nice silvery color and are barely noticable. Plus, she was totally worth it! I know it's tough, though, when they're that dark-red color and you wonder if your skin will ever look normal again. Don't worry, it will. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I only got a few of them with my first LO. There are 3 short ones right above my belly button, and 3 right below. I never got any new ones with any of the other kids, and the ones I do have faded to a light silver that you dont even really notice unless you're looking for them. I felt kind of bad about them when I first got them, becuz they were that ugly red/purple color, but they did fade, and I dont give them a thought anymore. If Im wearing a bathing suit (and Im super proud of the fact I can still carry off a 2 piece after almost 7 babies!!!) if people dont like them, well, no one told them to look at me anyway!<br><br>
I dont think they are anything to be ashamed of or embarrassed about (although I used to) when you get something so wonderful as a new baby in the end. If I didnt have mine, I wouldnt have my wonderful kiddos, and life would not be the same without them.<br><br>
Wear them proudly mama!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">