Recently, we received a message on our Instagram page from one of our community members:
” You don’t see many women showing off their stripes anymore..now it’s about being that fit and in shape mom who takes her cocoa butter everywhere she goes..not saying it’s unrealistic, but I do believe it makes moms today hold themselves to a much high physical standard than they have to..Once I started getting stretch marks I wouldn’t even look at myself naked and that’s uncommon for me. A person who’d much rather be in the nude than anything else..I personally was falling “victim” to that new perfect mom body. Atuhh honey, I got my stripes and I’m proud of every last one of them where ever they are. I’m not sure how you get featured on this page, and even if I’m going about it the wrong way..I do think their should be more tiger moms posted along with the ones with the photoshop..I mean the perfect body. Sorry, kidding, just my opinion though. – Kie
Listen mamas, we get it. In the age of social media where perfection and photoshop are held to the highest standards, we want to let you know that we love you. This isn’t taking away from any mother who does not have stretch marks. Marks on our body do not define our motherhood. But we do know how hard it can be to embrace your tiger stripes.
So this is for you…your friend…your sister….your wife. You are beautiful.
“Why be ashamed? A life grew inside of you that gives humanity hope of change. You felt things that I as a man will never understand. Even when you first held your baby girl or boy, it was nothing to when they lay in their father’s hands. Your body changed and so did you. It became a look into the past of what you went through. You grew mentally and emotionally and your spirit was taken to places you didn’t think it would ever go. Your breasts may sit differently. Your ass may not be as thick as it once was. But why should it be when you gave so much of yourself to help all of us. A sacrifice of sorts if you choose to see it that way. But to me your body now is exactly how it’s supposed to be. So don’t be ashamed. Don’t hide your changes from the world that you and your sisters helped create. Be proud of your story. Be proud of your lines. Be proud of who you’ve chosen to be.” – Expressions Untold
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“I give thanks to my body. I am proud of every stretch mark and scar. Every dimple, roll, and imperfection. Without its strength, I wouldn’t be here.” – Alex Elle
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” A mark for every breath you took, every blink, every sleepy yawn. One for every time you sucked your thumb, waved hello, closed your eyes and slept in the most perfect darkness. One for every time you had the hiccups. One for every dream your dreamed with me. It isn’t very pretty anymore. Some may even say that its ugly but it’s OK. It’s your home. It’s holding you until my arms will and for that I will always find some things beautiful in it.” – Mrs. Haughton
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