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Are you ashamed of pregancy stretch marks?

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Dina posted this 24 August 2018

I was overweight before I was ever pregnant.  All my life I have battles with going up and down with my weight.  Due to it, I develop stretch marks and I tired to hide it so noone sees it.  I was ashamed of my body.  Then I got pregnant and develop more marks during and after the pregnancy.  But after I gave birth, I didn't give a damn of my marks and began to accept them as my battle scars  and proof of all the pain and everything I went through growing a child in my body.  I still used lotion and oil but was more for hydration purposes

I would love to hear your story on this topic.

 

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Melissa posted this 24 August 2018

Hi Dina! I had them at a young age as well, inner thighs and across my breasts. I used to be ashamed of them as well. But as I've gotten older I don't care. Mainly because no one but my husband and kids see them. But also because I grew children in my body. And if getting stretch marks is a "curse" then that's ok. I will now always be reminded of how amazing a woman's body is and that I created life inside of me. I think it also helps with social media. All these women who post pictures of their stretch marks and these movements to love ourselves and that we are enough. For so long it wasn't talked about. So to see other women who are just like me, it makes me feel good. Rock those warrior scars!

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Kris posted this 24 August 2018

No Way! I am not ashamed at all! I even rock a 2 piece at the pool. Say something to me.. I dare you! LOL! For real though,  I get being embarrassed by them. We all want to have this beautiful perfect body and sometimes its just not in the cards. But just know that I think they are beautiful and I will always whistle at you.

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Jules posted this 24 August 2018

hahaha.. I love the positivity in here.  You ladies are amazing, strong and powerful.  Mad respects to all of you.  I see them a beauty marks, accomplishments and reminder of what our bodies can do and there is nothing to be ashamed off.  We can't let the world put us down because we don't look like their photoshop filtered pictures on social media and fashion industry.  I educate my teenage niece on this all the time.

 

Katy posted this 24 August 2018

Most of the time YES! I don't even like to at them myself so I don't want other people to look at them so I keep them covered. It isn't just stretch marks on my stomach it is the cottage cheese thighs (you know what I am talking about) that also formed. I am pretty average weight for my height and I exercise so it's really discouraging to me. I wish I had the confidence to not care what others thought. I know most moms don't care and they probably don't even have a second thought about it but it's everyone else that worries me. On a side note if I see someone that's showing off their stretch marks it doesn't phase me at all and I always think "good for them".

LOVELY posted this 24 August 2018

AT first, it really bothered me. But now not that much anymore. its just there are some people that will really give you that look though..

Rachel posted this 24 August 2018

Not anymore. I used creams and lotions with my first but with the second one I didn’t care. When my kids see them I let them know it was from having them and they think it’s funny. We laugh about it. It’s a badge of honor like a couple of people already mentioned. 

Julia posted this 24 August 2018

I ended up with a C-section and my worst fear was the huge scar I’d have. Once all the fear went away I looked at it as a “tattoo of my babes.” It’s the best scar I could ever have. It becomes a part of you and it was more than worth it. It’s funny how things change once your little one comes into this world.

Sheila posted this 25 August 2018

No, no one really sees them.LOL I do wear a 2piece (Torrid makes them for plus size women!) but it is high waisted so you don't see my belly. My husband also has no problem with them.

Catherine posted this 25 August 2018

I absolutely had stretch marks, but I used pure coconut oil mixed with shea butter lotion every single night and it actually helped a lot. I still have them but they’re not as visible. My husband lifts weights and he has them on his arms inside, I had him do the same mixture and it helped him too. Again, still there, but it helps!

Felia posted this 25 August 2018

Definitely not! Those are your tiger stripes and you should only be proud of them. Your baby is the outcome in the end so it is totally worth it. 

Belinda posted this 25 August 2018

I am already full of stretch mark, to begin with, additional ones on the belly and thighs will not make much difference.

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Heather posted this 25 August 2018

You ladies are so brave! I have always had stretch marks and always been self conscious of them. I definitely don't show them to the world. But I don't feel ashamed of them either. 

Heather posted this 25 August 2018

Ashamed? No. Embarrassed? Yes. Hide them... of course! LOL! But I am very self conscious anyway. I envy those of you who proudly strut your stuff... can you send some of that confidence my way? 

Courtnee posted this 26 August 2018

I have some from losing weight, but I'm a bit scared baby ones will be a whole different beast!

Chimeg posted this 26 August 2018

I am a little self conscious of my belly stretch marks. I used all kinds of creams and lotion for hydration and they still popped out!

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Lhot posted this 26 August 2018

I get really conscious most of the time. But my husband always remind me to not be ashamed of it.

Shameka posted this 27 August 2018

I hate to admit it, but I am. I was quite small before my first child, then to get pregnant and lose the weight, but still have strech marks is a bummer. I try to ignore them, my husband does as well, but it's not about him, it's how I feel about myself.

Sara posted this 27 August 2018

I agree with the c-section comment! I was terrified of that scar...but I have worse scars from other things...with that being said...I must have elastic skin in my abdominal area....because I was huge...and the only part that I got stretch marks on were my breasts...they are still there....but those are a wreck anyway! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....with or without stretch marks! LOLOLOL

Ashley posted this 27 August 2018

I am self conscious. But...I'm thankful my husband is not bothered by it. I think it would be worse for me if it was in a super visible place...I'm a one piece swim suit person anyway so there really isn't much of an issue outside of my own head...lol

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Haylee posted this 28 August 2018

Nope, i am not..i find it interesting how it showed on my belly and grew with the baby. Women have super powers!

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Eva posted this 28 August 2018

I don't have any so far, but if they do show up, i will not be ashamed of them.

Kate posted this 28 August 2018

I am worried not as worried about the stretch marks as I am about the loose skin. I already have some looser areas so I am positive I will after baby as well. The biggest discouragement is having a lot of skinny friends compared to me.

Kelly posted this 29 August 2018

I see them as my mama badge. I used creams and honestly I will again this time around, but I'm not ashamed of them. They're all part of the party  

Ginger posted this 29 August 2018

No way! They're an honor to have! This body makes babies and has the marks to prove it!

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Kalee posted this 30 August 2018

Hello no I am not ashamed. I had 2 wonderful sons who gave me those marks and I am proud of them.  I don't flaunt it to the world but I am not ashamed either. And if someone is grossed out by it, then that's thier issue not mine.

Sadie posted this 30 August 2018

thankfully I didn't get much, some but not too bad.  But either way I am not ashamed of them either.

Caitlyn posted this 30 August 2018

I completely agree! You shouldn't be ashamed of that at all! I was worried about it after my first as well. After I had him, I had a few marks, but I didn't care at all! It's just a natural occurrence that I've learned to accept.

Dina posted this 30 August 2018

I totally understand what your saying. It may take a while to get used to but SO glad you overcame it quickly. Stretch marks or not, i'm just glad I was able to have a baby! Some people can't.

sandra posted this 30 August 2018

I see them as battle scars too! Before having a baby I never really felt bad about my stretch marks, and after having a baby I looked at them and thought about how grateful I am for what those scars stand for  

Sherry posted this 31 August 2018

No way!!  My body after having kids is perfect to me.  I have a super hero power because I can GROW A HUMAN and I'm okay if it means that my body doesn't look the same.  

anto posted this 31 August 2018

I love my stretch marks! The first year it was still dark pink, but after it cleared up so you cant even tell 

anto posted this 31 August 2018

 Mama badge! haha like that! My husband loves my stretch marks

I see them as my mama badge. I used creams and honestly I will again this time around, but I'm not ashamed of them. They're all part of the party  

Mary posted this 03 September 2018

I am not ashamed of my marks at all! I typically don't care about what people think of me though. I know that my marks are there due to my child and it was worth every mark. Keep your confidence up! You got this! 

Kris posted this 03 September 2018

Not at all ashamed about it. Being a mom is a big g blessing to me. Having these stretch marks reminds me everyday how blessed I am.

Kary posted this 03 September 2018

I'm really self conscious about this.  I try to be a "woman power" person, but I'm scared about what my body is going to look like after having my baby.  That's probably bad of me...

Hannah posted this 04 September 2018

There are certain creams and moisturizers that seem to help. However, I think no one should ever be ashamed of their stretch marks. I have a couple and I used to be worried about what others thought. I am not like that at all anymore. I could care less what others think about my marks.  

Laura posted this 04 September 2018

I was overweight for awhile, and after I lost the weight I became pregnant... I am used to stretch marks, and will own the stretch marks I get from being pregnant  

Victoria posted this 05 September 2018

I was very insecure when it came to my stretch marks, but I got used to them after some time  

Joann posted this 05 September 2018

I will admit that I have been self conscious about my stretch marks. I am trying to work on not worrying about it so much. I do better than I used to, but I still struggle with it.

Alaca posted this 05 September 2018

I am not ashamed of them but if given the choice, I rather not have them.  I don't walk around them nor hiding them either, it is just there.  But yeah if we did have the choice, then yeah I would, why not.

Mary Caroline posted this 05 September 2018

 Nope, not at all.  Now I got lucky and I don't have major stretch marks but I do have the mommy pooch on my belly.  I'm not sure that will ever go away but when I see it  I know that it is there because I grew my babies in there and brought them into the world.  I'm proud of the pooch and to be a mommy.  Haylee was right...we do have super powers (pooches and all)!!

Lexi posted this 05 September 2018

I am not really ashamed about it though. It's a reminder how great my body is.

Love posted this 06 September 2018

After a month, with all the crazy hormones , it was really a big deal but now not anymore

Heide posted this 07 September 2018

I have a lot in my inner thighs and because of that I only wear shorts at home it's not that I am ashamed of it. I am just not comfortab

RodMel posted this 07 September 2018

Not at all!

RodMel posted this 07 September 2018

I will admit that I have been self conscious about my stretch marks. I am trying to work on not worrying about it so much. I do better than I used to, but I still struggle with it.

I know exactly what you're talk about.

Andrea posted this 07 September 2018

I am not at all ashamed. It's the mark of my baby and I will always be proud of these marks.

Emilia posted this 12 September 2018

No shame here.  If you don't like it then don't look.  Its natural part of motherhood.

Michelle posted this 16 September 2018

I honestly didn't really get any noticeable stretch marks, but if I did I wouldn't be ashamed at all... Of course I don't want to have them, but I think they are just part of pregnancy sometimes. Don't be ashamed at all and be comfortable in your body. 

Kelly posted this 18 September 2018

NEVER EVER BE ASHAMED. You brought life into this world, wear those marks proudly. Anyone who says otherwise clearly does not understand, therefore their opinion doesn't matter. However, your opinion of yourself does, so if you're unhappy there are creams and oils to help, but I don't see anything to be ashamed of. 

Lisa posted this 3 weeks ago

I don' have shame for my baby marks but I also do not go around showing them off as a trophy.  I do try to take care of them as in keep putting coconut oil.  I feel coconut oil works the best.

Molly posted this 5 days ago

Girl power! This is so inspiring!  I've always had a few and so far haven't developed any with pregnancy, but honestly, I feel the same - I'm so impressed by what my body can do I'll proudly wear them as a badge of honor!

Katherine posted this 5 days ago

I am not ashamed of my stretch marks. I use a cream to lighten their appearance but I still wear a two piece bathing suit in the summer! My husband doesn’t seem bothered by them at all so that definitely gives me some extra self steem 🤪

Kyah posted this 5 days ago

I’m 30 weeks now and I have terrible stretch marks on my boobs, but no where else. I was an A cup before getting pregnant so that definitely had something to do with it. I’m definitely not ashamed but it’s hard to see your body change so much. I’ve struggled with the changes quite a bit, but i’m comfortable with my body and the process it’s going through. 

Kylie posted this 5 days ago

I am not ashamed of them whatsoever but it’s definitely a big change. In the beginning it was super easy to see my body with stretch marks and now it bothers me a little more. I don’t know why!

Morgan posted this 5 days ago

I mean, I've always had some stretch marks because I used to be a little overweight and I guess I'm just prone to it. I will say I don't even notice them anymore, and they're just not enough to worry about for me to put effort to change how they appear. I'd rather show anyone that has a problem with them the door 😈 

Dominique posted this 3 days ago

No mam! We are women and every stretch mark reminds me of the strength and power we hold as women and I think they are just beautiful. Tiger strips boo !

Michelle posted this 3 days ago

Nope! I had stretch marks even before I had babies on my thighs. I figure I just added to the collection. LOL! 😂 

Heather posted this 3 days ago

At first, I was a little self conscious. Then, I just one day decided I no longer wanted to feel this way. I listened to audiobooks and it helped me a lot!

Karen posted this 3 days ago

At first I was. I was so obsessive about putting oil on my tummy.  But now I'm like I grew a human inside of me! Our bodies are amazing and beautiful. To be able to grow and nurture your baby is so wonderful!

Anny posted this 2 days ago

No I am not, they are my tiger stripes. Many women have them not only because of pregnancy, weight gain or loss can also cause them. I got mine during my teenage years and then some with my first child and then some with my second child. I would save more than none have them so don't worry embrace them.

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