I’ve been thinking about something off and on for the past few weeks: stretch marks, and why mine don’t really bother me.
When I was 8 years old, I grew four inches in a year. Then it happened again when I was 9. I had stretch marks on my thighs from that point forward. They’ve faded over time and just look like little white squiggles now, but they bothered me a lot when I was a teenager.
I didn’t grow very much at the beginning of my pregnancy, but by mid-summer I had some tiny stretch marks under my belly button. Then in the last few weeks I grew a lot more, and quickly, so I got a few more. They were quite dark. They’re a little paler now, but still very much present.
I went swimming with Dragon last week, and I realized I didn’t really care about them, for several reasons. For one, superficially, I know that Eric loves me no matter what I look like, and I don’t need to attract anyone else. Two, whenever I look at them, I see what I went through to have my daughter. I never understood the sentiment behind the “tiger stripes” movement, but I get it now.
And three, I understand where stretch marks come from, and why I have them. It makes such a difference to understand why your body does something, I find.
Reasons for Stretch Marks
- Fast changes in the body (growing or shrinking)
- Genetic tendency
- Cortisone level in the body
You can be any gender, any size, or any age, and you could get stretch marks. They appear when the body undergoes a big change very quickly. If cortisone levels are high, the elasticity of the skin is compromised and stretch marks are more likely to occur.
People likely to get Stretch Marks
- Pregnant people
- You get the idea…
I hope this helps you to feel better about your own stretch marks.
Here are some home remedies to help treat stretch marks. Just in case you find it helpful.
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