Prior to having Jelani I was sans stretch marks.
After I had him, it was so hard for me to look in the mirror at my naked body, and not just because of the stretch marks; my skin was a bit loose, my breasts didn't "sit" the way they used to, and my thighs rubbed together. Though my stomach had gone down in a matter of 2.5 weeks, I was so unhappy with what I saw in the mirror.
A few months later, I was having a talk with someone about outer beauty and when I got home, I looked in the mirror, again, naked and unhappy.
It took years for me to love my naked self again. Then, one day, like ONE DAY, something in me clicked. I looked in the mirror and said, "Girl, u fine as a mug!"
And then, I played some music, and danced ‘til I ran out of breath!
Later that day, I was journaling and wrote these words:
Your body is perfect just the way it is. Dang it, you had a baby!!
And these things happen. You carried a new spirit for 9 months and God used you as a vessel to usher him into this world. Stop comparing yourself to how you USED to be, because those days are long gone. You are beautiful and you do not need someone else to tell you that. You are the giver of life, and because of that, you will have to endure some things that most people aren't ready for. Continue to keep your eyes focused on God and all will be well.
Those stretch marks?
Giiiiiiirl, you better rawwwwrrrr and appreciate your stripes!
Well uh, I don't know what to tell you, but embrace the sag! And those thighs growing means that you've put on weight from your pregnancy, and you just need to tone.
See, Jaleya, you have to change your perspective-with everything-and watch how everything around you will change.
Hear me ROAR!!!