SOCIAL MEDIA

Wednesday, September 19

Pregnancy Update | Stretch Marks



Way back when I was writing my blog post for my 'Pregnancy Update | 3rd Trimester', I inserted a photo which included a rather large bottle of BioOil. I thought that it would be important, for mums-to-be reading this, or even women who have/haven't had children to talk about stretch marks. When I initially found out that I was pregnant, I worried about the possibility of getting stretch marks on obvious places over my body. I wasn't worried about what other people would think, no, I was more worried about saying goodbye to my pre-pregnancy smooth, uninterrupted skin. I know it seems completely and utterly irrational to even say that, but I think it is important to be honest about the other side of pregnancy that lots of people don't talk about. 


To give you a background into my worries, I have always been fairly shy about my body, especially my thighs, ever since I was a teenager. It's just something that I have always been aware of. However, when I found out that I was pregnant, I wasn't worried about my thighs anymore, all of a sudden, I just stopped caring. I realised that my thighs have always been in proportion to my body shape and so haven't given them one thought throughout this whole pregnancy. 

I think as soon as I found out I was pregnant and started to witness the amazing things my body was doing to create this new life, I stopped caring about my thighs. My attention shifted to eating right for both me and our baby, as well as looking after myself. I realised the importance of respecting my ever-changing body and the incredible work it is doing day in day out. And so, when the stretch marks started to make an appearance, I didn't worry, I didn't freak out, I was proud of each and every one, knowing that our baby girl is growing healthily and that is all that matters. Interestingly, I don't have stretch marks on my stomach, somewhere where I was certain they would appear, but no, I have them on my left hip and inside of my thighs (as well as on my bottom strangely enough!). I have been continuing to apply BioOil to my skin, not to deter the stretch marks, as they are a part of growing a baby, but I apply it to relieve my skin and moisturise. 

I once read somewhere that stretch marks are your baby's first artwork, and I couldn't agree more. This is something that I don't want to hide, but to be proud of and I take great comfort in that.

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