Stretch Mark Debate

Children keep you busy.
They keep us going.
Their innocence is beautiful and pure. They are full of questions, and they give you a reason to be a kid yourself.

They are blessings.
And me….
Oh selfish one I am,
I have nightmares about stretch marks.

Stretched skin! Just saying that gives me second thoughts. I know there’s no guarantee that I’ll get them, but no one can promise me that I won’t either.

And they have these lotions and creams that are advertised to prevent and “reduce” these marks. But everyone I’ve asked, save one, says nothing works.

I’m stuck at taking the risk for the treasure of a child.
A worthy risk I admit, but I’m scared just the same.

I’ve seen these things ruin confidence in women I know. Over and over again.
And I like me.
Hell, I love me.
And I want to be me
The same me
After my baby is born.

The same confident woman who took on the world. The strong aggressive yet sweet type who drives my husband crazy and he can’t keep his hands off of me.

I want to look in the mirror and smile and bathe in peace and have no bikini anxiety.

Yes, I’m selfish.
But the thought of dark lines of life on my belly just doesn’t sit well with me.

Neither does never giving birth. I can’t imagine being near my end and not having children by my side. Knowing that I was leaving none of my own to spread my memories. Not experiencing watching my baby take a first step. Or never getting to drop a little one off the first day of school.

I’ve wanted kids since I was a kid. But I guess most little girls kind of do. We have our dolls with their food, and clothes, and blankets, and pampers. And we feel responsible for that doll. To be responsible for someone else’s well-being must be a wonderful, yet scary feeling.
But I want that.

I don’t want stretch marks.

Weighing the scale

Here goes…

Stretch Mark Debate


Atlanta, United States

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An honest look inside my thoughts ;-) Hey, its Red Bubble! Lol. Did any mommy’s out there have this fear? Husbands/boyfriends, how were you affected? Just wondering, so I had to ask.

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