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12259188 tn?1428964436

Being Content With Stretch Marks

For all you mothers who have stretch marks, what have you done to come to terms with them? Ignore them? Undergone treatments? Surgery? Self-coaching?
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I have tried cocoa butter to help with my stretch marks to no avail. I have just learned to ignore them for now, but after I have my daughter I will look Into tanning and the itworks stretch mark cream which my cousin used to lighten them up. They are a reminder that our bodies can do amazing things! =)
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I got them terribly with my first now pregnant with my second. I just always ignored them best i could. They started to lighten up and i will say tanning really helped ill be tanning again after this pregnancy. <3
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I'm not skinny so even before pregnancy I had a few but now I just have so many. I've been using cocoa butter lotion all the time but sadly stretch marks are genetic and it hasn't helped me. I plan on trying to loose weight once the baby is born so I'm hoping that will make them less noticeable
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It depends on your DNA really. All the women in my family all got strechmarks. Iv known of women that have such great skin that they don't have a single 1. I tried  moisturizers and bio oil after my first but nothing. Mine turn into very faint lighter  then my skin tone lines. The ones I got on my lower back and sides of my body are a little darker but same nothing takes them away. I learned to live with them. Meh....there our momma marks. But if your really interested  look at it hereditary. Some people have every elastic skin that runs in the family.
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They're my TIGER stripes! Luckily, they fade very well after pregnancy.
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I always thought that I would dread having them but after loosing two precious babies previous I don't mind having stretch marks as every time I look at them I think im finally going to have my little one and I'm so lucky to be saying that xxxx
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I where my mummy stripes with pride! They show that i am a mum i carried y son an this baby. I did that not someone els but me.
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I have them all around my belly from below pants line to above my belly button front back and sides and all the way around both legs all over my boobs an even some on my vj
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I got them from gaining weight years ago... I just got used to them... They get very light if you get them out in the sunshine!  Now pregnant with my first baby, due April 9th, and all my stretch marks are stretching a little more on the ends and I have two more littler ones... They don't bother me.  I also have a man who doesn't see them, as in he says they're not a big deal at all and he doesn't even notice them.  So it makes me feel good and not self conscious at all.  Been using coconut oil and will continue, it feels so good on the skin!
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My have faded pretty light. I don't show my midsection so they don't bother me much.  
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I've had stretch marks since I was a teen. So once pregnant when they got bigger it didn't bother me. I love them Tbh. I think I'd look weird without them.
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With my 1st daughter I got my stretch marks all over my butt and a couple on my boobs. This pregnancy they are coming in full force in the same places, just more noticeable. They don't bother me at all because I can cover them and it also helps that when my husband see's them he always tell me " These are the marks of a truly amazing woman that has a truly amazing super power" lol kind of corny but it definitely helps boost the confidence!
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They don't bother me, ftm. Like someone else said, they are proof of what you and you alone accomplished. Your belly is your baby's home for 40 weeks, stretch marks are proof of that amazing little miracle and blessing. Your body grew a tiny person, you should be proud
12259188 tn?1428964436
These answers are awesome!! I asked because 1) I have brown skin so my stretch marks start out light then stay extremely dark forever lol 2) Maybe someone of color knows has tried a method to make them lighter and 3) This woman told me that she did an entire mommy makeover (tummy tuck, breast augmentation, butt lift) in order to go back to her pre-pregnancy body which I thought was "different". Mine has gotten so bad on my right side that I finally came to terms with them. I've tried a million products but they've all been a waste of money. I could have purchased baby clothes instead!  
10339178 tn?1427517318
I was bothered by them with my first, especially when they were new and bright red. I told myself I would tattoo flames over them to hide it. I was really sad when they reached up and disfigured my belly button, I figured I could never get it pierced and have it look cute. I've always prefered to cover my stomach so I tend to shop for the shirt-like 2-piece swimsuits and I guess after they faded and just kinda looked wrinkled I came to terms with them. This time around my body is going green with the rest of the world and reusing old goods. I havent noticed any new stretch marks. I plan on loosing weight and getting fit after this pregnancy, hopefully that along with tanning this summer at a nearby lake will help tremendously.
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I agree with Chrissy2202. I found out my son had Acrainia at 20 weeks and as long as I carried him was as long as I was ever going to have him. They are a reminder that he was with me. Carrying a baby for four months knowing that was the only time you were ever going to have with them was extremely difficult. But made me appreciate everything he left me with, even my tiger stripes :)
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