Positively Purple

Before I got pregnant, my white stretch marks made me the MOST self conscious young woman. I knew they could be worse, but I was so stuck on the images of women around me. I had them on my breasts and thighs and I refused to let them be seen by the world. Loving myself seemed so far away.

During my pregnancy, those friendly stretch marks turned purple and brought new friends to my body. I remember thinking to myself, These are so horrible, I’ll never be able to wear a bikini EVER again. I gained new marks every day it seemed like. I had them in places I didn’t even know about until my giant belly started to shrink. Looking back at it, I wish I had documented the growth of the stretch marks.

After I gave birth, I looked at my new body in awe. I shrunk from being 9 months pregnant to looking 4 months pregnant, and of course some bags under my eyes! Today, I am 2 months postpartum being close to back to myself.. But better. I have these stretch marks to remind me of what my body went through to get the perfect body I hold everyday. I feel the best I’ve ever felt. It’s one of the most amazing things I have experienced.

Today I wear these stripes with pride. They are all special and unique. I am the canvas to a beautiful pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a stunning baby girl. No woman should feel shameful of these beauty marks. Wear your postpartum body with nothing but positivity! Motherhood has made me a warrior. I can do anything I set my mind to. I am beautiful and strong, I am a mother.

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