I have a stretch mark! Infact I have 2! They are only about an inch long, on the left under side (where she always sits) and I can't even see them myself, just in the mirror - but they are definitely there. I don't know why they have come as such a shock to me. Well I do know; because I had told myself that there was no way I was getting any. My friend Alice didn't get any, my Mum never got any visible ones, I bought the most expensive/best recommended pregnancy bump oil on the market and Joe and I have religiously put it on every single night. This wasn't meant to happen!
I have loved pregnancy, every crazy, magical minute of it since the nausea and sickness wore off at 11 weeks but for some reason this has really thrown me. How naive of me to think I would get away with it but I really did believe that I would! I know I should be so proud of them, I am growing and nurturing a baby, inside my body, until she is ready to exist outside of me, it is truly incredible and I am truly, truly thankful for everything my body has taken in it's stride so far, but I am still finding it hard to process that these will never go away, I will have them until I die. All the Mamas with stretch marks claim that they are your Mama tiger markings but I think because I hadn't expected it at all, it is taking me a while to get used to the idea that over the next 8 weeks there may well be more. I have to keep reminding myself that it is so worth it, stretch marks and so so much more.