Saturday, July 25, 2009

I've Lasted 6 Days...

... without taking any medication (other than Tylenol when I had a fever). But I finally broke down and called the doc. I get to take Muc.inex. I hate taking meds when pregnant but at this point I'm so miserable I can't handle it anymore. Poor Zoe probably feels like she's living in a shake-machine every time I cough!

Anyway I am so sick of being sick I don't want to talk about it anymore.

Last night when I was laying in bed, waiting for Daniel to turn the light off... I looked over my shoulder at my leg because I had an itch. AND............ I found stretchmarks! Where the heck did they come from? They seriously weren't there the day before. I've got some on my hips and now on my belly. I did have stretchmarks with Abigail but they faded to almost gone so it was crazy to see the pale purple rivers of over-stretched skin out of nowhere!

I actually don't care about stretchmarks. Some women completely flip out but I'm not one of them. I boldly said, "They are badges of honor!" to Daniel in which he replied, "And that is what a man says to his wife when he wants to get lucky." Ohhhh... he's in so much trouble! (And he was totally joking so don't break out the guillotine!)

They fade and aren't a big deal. I'm not a bikini-wearing woman anyway and I don't have to impress anyone (that's why there's an "off" switch on the lights). But when I saw the beginning of cellulite on my derriere not long ago I did cringe! Don't know why. Maybe because cellulite is something you can have, big or small, and it doesn't fade.

Other skin issues- I guess I have a linea nigra now. I really can't see since my enormous chest is in the way. I think I have a pale one. Another no-biggee.

Zoe must know her momma doesn't feel well, too, because she has been quite entertaining lately. My entire belly shakes and jiggles when she moves. Sometimes I feel like I could fall off a chair because she rocks my belly so hard!


Did you get stretchmarks, cellulite or both? How did you feel about it? If you've never been pregnant, would it matter to you if you did experience those things?

13 comments:

VAF said...

I've had stretchmarks and cellulite since I went through puberty (unfortunately, they're not just reserved for pregnant women!), and I am totally used to them. I'm 25 weeks pregnant now and so far, no new stretchmarks (knock on wood!). It would be nice if it stayed that way, but I won't be super upset if I do end up with new ones. After all, my body wasn't perfect before pregnancy, and so what if it's even less perfect after? By the way, even my husband has some stretchmarks on his butt and arms (some men get them from weight-training), so to me they're really not a big deal. By the way, cellulite can improve (but never completely go away) with weight loss. Mine used to be worse when I was heavier as a teen but improved when I lost weight. Now that I'm pregnant it's gotten worse again, but hopefully will improve again as the weight drops off. Anyway, I'm glad you have such a healthy attitude towards all of this! I think some women get way too upset and obsessive about their bodies during pregnancy when really they should just be enjoying the miracle of life happening inside them.

just me, dawn said...

you sound like you have a great attitude about your body and the changes. I am of course early in my journey, but am assuming that I will get stretch marks. I say this because at my heaviest I weighed 160 (and i am 5'7") and I have faint stretch marks on my hips, seriously :) they are white but they are there. I am currently at 146....but expecting about 40 lbs or so....which i think means stretch marks. I am ok with it....i would rather have my babies than no stretch marks.Hope you feel better soon!!

Andrea said...

It's so terrible that you are sick! I feel awful for you. :-( Do whatever it takes to get healthy again!

So far I don't have any stretch marks on my belly. I am hoping I don't get any. I've never had a great body, I never wear bikinis, but it has been a little depressing to see my butt, thighs, and legs getting even uglier (before pregnancy stretch marks they had other stretch marks, scars, and some small varicose veins. I even have a scar on my butt from hip surgery I had when I was little). So I'm happy that at least my stomach has remained the "same." But if it gets stretch marks too it's definitely not the end of the world. I haven't even been faithful in putting on cocoa butter every day, so I shouldn't whine if I get some!

I have a linea nigra too. Mine is very noticeable though! I actually kind of like it. lol Do those go away after pregnancy?

Kaye said...

Stretch marks--no biggie. Yes, I have them and yes, they will most likely fade like they have before.

Cellulite--have had it for along time now and have always hated it.

Linea nigra--never appeared with either baby, but I don"t think I would have cared. The veins in my b.oobs did get very dark though (gross!), but same deal as you--that's why there are lights in the bedroom. =)

BTW--if you don't mind, email me (mrsnespy at hotmail) with your contact info and I'll mail you one of our announcements when they get here...if you want it, of course!

Joy said...

Andrea- for some people the linea nigra does go away! I had a really dark one with Elaina (but no stretchmarks with her). Then I had Abigail and had a faint linea nigra and got stretchmarks.

*~Chelsea~* said...

Hey! Yep, anyone can get stretch marks with weight gain or weight loss. When I was diagnosed with my thyroid disorder and gained weight after high school, I got them on my inner thighs. Bleh. I don't care of them, but what are you gonna do? With pregnancy when you're smaller to begin with, it's pretty impossible to avoid them...so I'll assume that'll just happen! Lots of unpleasant things happen to your body when you're having a baby...but it's worth it and it just shows one of the small sacrifices women make for their children.

PS - I started a blog on here! Find me and follow me because I'm not used to it. :)

The Mommy said...

I had a few small belly stretch marks with Maggie and some bigger ones with this last pregnancy. I had a linea nigra with both, but the one with Ellie was darker and crooked. I'm actually enjoying the view of it as it fades away...

Washing Away the Gain said...

Stretch marks!!! I didn't get them until month 8! I thought I was doing so well, and then BOOM! My butt cheeks had major stretch marks, thighs, and around my belly button. My hips did fine. Now that I am losing the weight, my belly button area has what looks like scratch marks from the stretch marks, but they all are getting smaller, and David says some are almost gone. I don't even look anymore, but twice he has commented on how they are going away. I don't care either, like you badges of honor. Also I don't have to impress anyone, David loves me for me, and for giving him our son. He has never ever made an issue or comment to make me feel self conscious, and he makes me feel sexy all the time. I do get a little self conscious around my family when swimming but I wear a little short skirt to hide the thigh ones.
Feel better asap!!!

Mary said...

Hi, I have my due date in October (28th) as well:) I have SO much stretchmarks on my hips and butt now... But I don't care as long as they don't stay purple... I had it before and they always faded away...

Sunshine. said...

Agh I had both. HAVE both actually. My stretch marks have faded tremendously but they are still alive and well, as is the lovely cellulite on my thighs.
I cried the day I noticed stretch marks on my stomach. I made it 8 months with none, then all of a sudden, one day i was looking in the mirror, my shirt rolled up, and TADA! there they were :(
I don't take them very well haha as I love to be in control of everything, and that was one thing I couldn't keep away.

Mel said...

I never had stretch marks or cellulite before L. I got both in the last 3 weeks of pregnancy. And the stretchmarks are only on my butt and hips, but are already faded. The cellulite went away as soon as I started dieting and running again!
So worth it regardless!! Plus, there is always plastic surgery!

luckeelady said...

I didn't get stretchmarks until last minute with my first child. It seems like I had none until about 34-35 weeks and then they popped like popcorn. I was so disgusted but then I got over it. They faded but never looked like they were gone. I haven't got any new ones yet this time (knock on wood) but I know it's just a matter of time since I'm way bigger and all in the belly.

Morgan said...

Mucinex is great!!!

I had a little bit of stretch marks in one spot when I was pregnant with my first son, but not with my last 3 pregnancies. They faded and I'm not able to see them anymore.

Cellulite... maybe. One of the perks of not having a full length mirror is not knowing answers to questions like that! ; )

I had varicose veins with my last pregnancy. They seem to have gone away for the most part now.

I had the line on the belly thing too- it was dark for a long time, but no trace of it now!